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It provides less magnification (0.6x versus 0.8x) than the standard finders, but allows the user to hold the camera up to about an inch and a half (40mm) from the eyepiece and still view the entire screen. So who needs one? They are extremely popular for use in underwater housings, when you have to deal with the additional bulk of the mask and housing between you and your camera. It provides an upright, unreversed view: think of it as a super-HP finder, and you won't be far off. I have heard that they are occasionally difficult to view in bright (side) light, as the image may be washed out without your head to act as a shade for the eyepiece.
Some numbers for you gearheads out there: the prism stands 41mm above the top plate (when mounted); the front sticks out 20mm beyond the "Nikon" plate, the total depth is 72mm, and width is 48mm. It weighs 10.5 oz. The entire field is visible when the eye is up to 60mm behind (axially) the eyepiece; when the eye is 20mm behind, you may move up to 16mm vertically and 24mm horizontally and still see the entire field. The eyepiece is rectangular, 32 by 26mm.
The Nikon F with an eyelevel prism is one of the most crisply designed, cleanly styled cameras ever made. It is at once distinctive and elegant, and for those of you who have seen nothing prettier than the slightly lumpy (for my tastes) EOS or Nx00x series, you owe it to yourself to gaze upon the forerunner of modern 35mm SLRs at least once a day.
Shown above is the Black Chrome version. Standard eye level finder is chrome white. Along with the choices of the matching Nikon F body, which came with satin chrome white or black version.
Waist level Finder
These came in two versions, an earlier 3-sided (and more common) version, and a 4-sided (after the F2's introduction) version. Both are conventional waist-level finders, with lids that flip open to view the screen and a 3x magnifier (which may be moved aside) to allow for better focussing.
They are the cheapest and probably least capable of the F's viewfinders, probably because whenever most people need a waist-level finder (WLF), they employ the poor man's (sorry, could just as easily be poor woman's) trick: remove the finder currently in place and voila! your own WLF, although without the hood (helps screen contrast on bright days) or magnifier.
Credit: Images(s) courtesy of Mr.Imre dePozsgay <firstname.lastname@example.org> from www.RCLcameras.com
Either way, whether you use the Nikon WLF or "make your own", the image is unreversed and erect (i.e. as you view the world -- it has to do with the mirror's position relative to the lens, which reverses and inverts the image).
6x Magnifying Finder
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Recommended links to understand more technical details related to the Nikkor F-mount and production Serial Number:
http://www.zi.ku.dk/personal/lhhansen/photo/fmount.htm by: Hansen, Lars Holst
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