Mamiya RZ: The old AE finder DOES work on ProII!
I recently bought a big RZ67 II kit. I already had the RZ67 (I) but for several reasons I got the other kit including a non-metered prism finder.
So now I have RZ I + AE finder I and RZII + non-meter finder, but I want to go with the II and sell the I. Common knowledge is that the old version AE finder does not work on the II body. As soon as I got the II body I did try it, but got some beeps ands blinks that told me it was no-go.
So I have spent some weeks now looking for an AE II (FE701) at a reasonable price.
Today for some reason I tried the old AE prism on my II body, and to my surprise it now worked flawlessly! Looking back, I can see that the error signals I got at first was because of a nearly dead battery.
I also now remember someone who wrote that the old AE prism had worked for him on several version II bodies.
I wonder if anybody can report hands-on that their RZ67 II does not work with the old AE finder? If there in fact is an incompability for some units, it should be possible for us to narrow down the ranges of serial numbers that are incompatible. That should be quite helpful to present and future RZ67 users.
To start such an investigation, here is my data:
RZ67 II body: serial# TB1346
RZ67 AE prism: serial# 106362
BTW: In my search for an AE II finder I found this absolute steal from UK: