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I am looking for a waist level viewfinder and I am wondering if there is any classic RF waist level viewfinder that I could get out there on the net? My friend has one of the CV right angle finder but it is not a real waist level viewfinder and you have to bring it to your eye to frame. Any help and suggestion will be appreciated.
:eek: waist level finder for RF? is there such a thing???
It does! Leica used to produce AUFSU waist level rangefinder in the 1930s.
If you want functionality more than "classicism" (is that the right word here?) try this approach:
Now that is cool stuff Paul.
I have a Zeiss Ikon WLF which works just fine. You can aim with it, but you can't compose with it - it's too small.
The Kodak Starflex costs about $5 at auction. I had to buy 2, They were so nice. I bought one for my collection and am converting the one with a broken shutter into a WL finder.
I just found out about Zeiss 436/5 finder for 35mm format. Anyone knows where to get one?
A few years ago I was obsessed with making viewfinders, including a waist-level one. I wanted to buy the 1930's Leica ones, but they're way too expensive. (Annoying collectors buy these useful things and they just sit in a box.)
I found the Contax one (shown above) for about $50, but ultimately found it difficult to use. By the time you compose, you've lost the subject. I find it easier to just hold the camera at waist level and aim...I would love to have a larger, wide-angle one, though.
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