Classic SLRs Series :
AE Action Finder DA-30 High-eyepoint type (approx. 60mm). The large finder is ideal when normal viewing is difficult or impossible in certain situations, such as wearing a helmet or goggles, or when the camera is encased in a special housing for underwater photography. This finder is the most expensive among all the available options. It retails for approximately $979.95. This is one of the main reasons why this finder is not very popular unless you absolutely require it for use. The 3-D Colour meter will not be available for use in conjunction with this finder, but the system will automatically revert to multi-segment metering and both Center-Weighted and Spot Metering can be performed.
AE Action Finder DA-30: Matrix (non-3D), centre-weighted integral and spot metering enabled. Dimensions: 45 x 59 x 72mm Weight: 205g Model No. FAB02501
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6x High-Magnification Finder DW-31 For critical High-Magnification close-up work, photomicrography or for scientific and medical applications The sophisticated optical system provides a clear, sharp view of the entire image at approximately 6x magnification. Fitted with a -5 to +3 adjustment for individual eyesight correction.
Rubber eyecup and rubber eyepiece cap are provided. A draw back is, it works ONLY in Spot Metering mode with the Nikon F5. Connection is available for the TTL cord SC-24.
Dimensions: 70 x 61 x 73mm Weight: 160g Model No. FAB02701
Walst-Level Finder DW-30
A similar design popularized by medium format cameras such as the Hasselblad. This is the most affordable prism among all the options available for the Nikon F5. It is a great device for use when the F5 is positioned at a low angle or on a copy stand. Fold-up type viewing hood provided. The built-in flip-up magnifier provides an approx. 5x magnification at the centre of the image for accurate focusing. However, a draw back of this prism is the image will be inverted - a typical phenomenon like all other Waist Level Finders. Only Spot metering is usable with the F5. it has a connection for TTL cord.
Dimensions: 74 x 61 x 73mm Weight: 95g Model No. FAB02601
NOTE: Make sure to use the right metering system with the finder type you are attached - even if you are indicated by the displayed exposure guide shown in the exposure data panel. Next, please follow guidelines how and where to meter correctly with spot metering.
3D Color Matrix
Multi-Meter Finder DP-30
AE Action Finder DA-30
*4 (3.2mm )
6X High-Magnification Finder DW-31
*4 (3.0mm )
Waist-Level Finder DW-30
*1) With focusing screens other than EC-B, Spot size is 6mm dial
*2) Five-segment Matrix Metering is available with AE Action Finder DA-30.
*3) Center Weighted Metering area of 12mm reference circle cannot be changed using Custom Setting. Metering area does not shift with the focus area.
*4) Metering area does not shift with the focus area.
The reason why the rest of other prisms are unable to provide full scale metering options such as 3D Colour Metering is because they lack the RGB sensor. The standard DP-30 Multi-meter Finder has the RGB-Sensor housed inside while the rest do not. As for the 6X High Magnification Finder as well as the Waist level finder which do not have any sensor at all, the AF Sensor also doubles as the spot meter and provides the spot metering function. The connecting pins at the rear section as well as at the side are for exposure display as well as for other data communications such as during flash exposure/metering.
How to REMOVE & ATTACH a Prism to/from the Nikon F5 The Multi-Meter Finder DP-30 is the F5's standard finder. Depending on your needs, you may want to change your finder type to suit your photography. To remove the finder, turn the camera power off first and push the finder release button toward the finder, while holding the button in, slide the viewfinder away from the lens.
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1. To attach the finder, slide the finder in until it clicks into place. 2. Make sure that the finder release button is up to its original level. Note: * Make sure the viewfinder is attached when shooting. If the shutter is released without a viewfinder attached, stray light may enter through the focusing screen and film may be fogged. * When removing a viewfinder, be careful not to leave smudges or fingerprints. Place the detached viewfinder on a soft, clean cloth.
Viewing Accessories Nikon has a wide range of right-angle viewfinder accessories for both SLR and Digital SLR cameras. Use the chart below to determine which model or accessory is compatible with your camera.
DR-3 Right Angle Viewfinder Attachment (discontinued). Round, screw-in mount). Provides an upright and un-reversed image for right-angle viewing. Works on all Nikon SLR cameras with a 19mm round non-high eye-point viewing eyepiece thread including: FM3A, FM2, FA, FE2, F3, F3AF, FM, FE, F2, F and Nikkormat series. With the Nikon F5 requires DK-7 for all Nikon SLR cameras with a 22mm round high eye-point viewing eyepiece thread workable on other models including: D1, D1X, D1H, D2H, F100, F4, F3HP, N90s, N90, N8008s and N8008. May cause vignetting at corners.
DR-4 Right Angle Viewfinder Attachment Replaced the DR-3. Round, screw-in mount). Supplied with DK-12 adapter required for use with cameras equipped with high eye point viewfinders. The function is very similar to DR-3. The DR4 works on all Nikon SLR cameras with a 22mm round high eye-point viewing eyepiece thread including: D1, D1X, D1H, D2H, F5, F100, F4, F3HP, N90s, N90, N8008s and N8008. Use of DK-13 adapter permits use with All Nikon SLR cameras with a 19mm round non-high eye-point viewing eyepiece thread including: FM3A, FM2, FA, FE2, F3, F3AF, FM, FE, F2, F and Nikkormat series.
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When attached with this optical device, reproduction ratio is 1:1, retaining the 100% of the viewfinder image . The viewfinder image is viewed at right angles to the camera's optical axis. The DR-4 is fitted with a prism to maintain the image unreversed and erect. DR-4 also features a built-in diopter adjustment ring that allows you to adjust diopter from +4 to -4 (can be adjusted from +3 to -5 to a camera). The same principle works on the DR-5 .
DR-5 Right Angle Viewfinder Attachment Round, screw-in mount). Provides an upright and un-reversed image for right-angle viewing. Adjustments for Individual eyesight are possible. Allows adjustment of reproduction ratios of 1:1 or 1:2. Works on all Nikon SLR cameras with a 22mm round high eye-point viewing eyepiece thread including: D1, D1X, D1H, D2H, F5, F100, F4, F3HP, N90s, N90, N8008s and N8008. For FM3A, FM2, FA, FE2, F3, F3AF, FM, FE, F2, F and Nikkormat series, removal of supplied and initially attached eyepiece adapter ring having a 19mm round non-high eye point viewing eyepiece thread
Note: DR-6 Right Angle Viewfinder Attachment works similar to the DR-5 (with adjustments for Individual eyesight are possible. Allows adjustment of reproduction ratios of 1:1 or 1:2) It works on all Nikon SLR cameras with a rectangular viewing eyepiece including: D70, D100, N80, N75, N55, N65, Pronea 6i, N70, N60, N50 N6006, N6000, N5005, N4004s, N4004, N2020, N2000, FG, FG20 and EM. The DR6 cannot be adapted for use on cameras not having a rectangular viewing eyepiece.
DK-7 Eyepiece Thread Adapter For use ONLY with DR-3. Allows use of DR-3 with all Nikon SLR cameras (D1, D1X, D1H, D2H, F5, F100, F4, F3HP, N90s, N90, N8008s and N8008.) with a round high eye-point viewing eyepiece thread. Also use with DG-2 eyepiece magnifier. May cause vingetting at corners.
DK-12 Eyepiece Thread Adaptor Supplied with DR-4 and required for use of DR-4 with all Nikon SLR cameras with a round high eye-point viewing eyepiece thread as noted. Applicable models: D1, D1X, D1H, D2H, F5, F100, F4, F3HP, N90s, N90, N8008s and N8008.
Note: DK-13 Eyepiece Thread Adaptor: Allows use of DR-4 with non-high eye point SLR cameras such as FM3A, FM2, FA, FE2, F3, F3AF, FM, FE, F2, F and Nikkormat series. Eyepiece Adaptor: Allows the use of select threaded viewfinder attachments on all Nikon SLR cameras with a rectangular viewing eyepiece as noted. Model applicable are: D70, D100, N80, N75, N55, N65, Pronea 6i, N70, N60, N50 N6006, N6000, N5005, N4004s, N4004, N2020, N2000, FG, FG20 and EM. The adaptor is designed for use with DG-2 magnifier. Not recommended for use with right-angle finders. Physical size, shape and weight of right angle finders make this inadvisable. Use of the DR-6 is recommended.
The Nikon DG-2 Eyepiece Magnifier can be used on many Nikon SLR cameras allowing users to view a magnified image of the center of the camera's viewfinder. Use the DK-7 Eyepiece Adapter Ring is required for the Nikon F5. This can be very useful when photographing objects with very fine detail or high magnification and little depth of field. This magnifier applies a 2x enlargement to the central part of the camera's viewfinder. The rest of the viewfinder is not visible - something like a magnifier to observe the detail of focused area at the center. The DG-2 has a hinged mounting so that it can easily be swung out of the way to view the entire, unmagnified viewfinder image.
Nikon Rubber Eyecup DK-2 The eyecup prevents stray light from entering the viewfinder from the rear and allows eyeglass wearers to use the Nikon F5 without fear of scratching glasses. Require DK-7 adapter ring to mount. The DK-2 is also usable with Nikon F3HP and Nikon F4 models. I Instruction Manual I How to use the DK-2
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Antifog Finder Eyepiece DK-14/DK-15 These eyepieces feature a transparent plastic plate with a special surface coating which reduces fogging on the eyepiece. * The DK-14 is for the Nikon F5, F3-series bodies and D1Series models. Note: The DK-15 is for the Nikon F100, F90X as well as usable on D1 Series bodies.
FAF01701: -3.0 DPTR Eyepiece Correction Lens | FAF01601: -2 DPTR Eyepiece Correction Lens
FAF01101: 0 DPTR Eyepiece Correction lens | FAF01301: +1 DPTR Eyepiece Correction lens
FAF01401: +2 DPTR Eyepiece Correction lens
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Recommended links to understand more technical details related to the Nikkor F-mount and production Serial Number:
http://rick_oleson.tripod.com/index-153.html by: my friend, Rick Oleson
http://www.zi.ku.dk/personal/lhhansen/photo/fmount.htm by: Hansen, Lars Holst
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W A R N I N G: The new G-SERIES Nikkor lenses have removed the conventional aperture ring on the lense barrel, they CANNOT adjust aperture(s) when operating in manual exposure control even with certain earlier MF/AF Nikon SLR camera models. But they are FULLY COMPATIBLE with the Nikon F5 featured here in all usable metering systems and/or exposure modes. Please refer to your local distributor for compatibility issue(s).
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