haha yes a ladder pod. I suppose someone could design a tripod with a very sturdy strut between two of the legs for this purpose? Another idea would be a camera backpack with a very tough (but lightweight) skeleton so I could stand on it.
I've seen a Japanese photographer who carried around two massive DSLRs and a stepladder. He'd take crowd shots on that ladder of his, didn't care for all the funny looks it earned him.
By the way, the PD Prism finder is excellent. I prefer the WLF too, but the prism finder is not a compromise.
I carry my RB stuff in a metal tool box.. standing on it would be no problem.. it's very strong n can take the weight, but I have never had to do that witm the upside down n sideways method.
Prisms are nice, and I do use mine alot, and it is nice for curing the flip m reverse viewing. It also gives you a bit of height as well but the trade off is the weight n off balance, making the camera top heavy.
Prisms are fairly cheap from KEH.. maybe $40 Bgn.
well just fiddling around with the camera the upside down thing seems like it's going to take some practice, but does add a fair bit of height. For eye level stuff flipping the camera over sideways on the tripod seems to keep the lens at close the same height, so I guess that will work.