Right Angle Finders
A right angle finder is an L-shaped optical accessory with a mirror/prism angled at 45 degrees. It attaches to the viewfinder eyepiece of your SLR camera allowing you to look downwards into the viewfinder rather than the usual direct view. Angle finders are ideal for macro photography and similar situations where the camera is low to the ground making it awkward to get a comfortable view looking through the viewfinder directly.
They are also ideal on a copy stand when the camera is at a high position and you would need to be a giant to look over the camera.
Some are lifesize view with full screen image showing camera exposure data others also have a magnifying lens to deliver a 2x or even 2.5x view, making it a useful focusing aid. The periscope often rotates so you can shoot in horizontal or vertical format. They usually also have an eyepiece adjustment, making them perfect for spectacle wearers too.
Below is a guide to right angle finders, past and present:
This Chinese product is a solidly made with a 1x and 2.5x viewing magnification. It has 360deg rotation, click stoped at 45deg intervals and has an adjustable dioptre eyepiece. It is bundled with 5 mounting pieces enabling it to be attached to most cameras made by Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Sony, Konica Minolta, Olympus and Pentax.
- Technical Spec
Lens Construction: 9 elements in 5 groups,
high quality glass roof prism.
Angle of rotation:360 degrees
Diopter adjustment:Built-in (+/- 4) for variations in eyesight
Eyepiece fittings: Canon EOS, Nikon, Minolta, Leica, Pentax & Olympus
Adapter:Plastic slot-in type
Dimensions:60 x 35 x 85mm
Hoodman H-RAV Universal
This Chinese product (identical to the Seagull) is a solidly made with a 1x and 2.5x viewing magnification. It has 360deg rotation, click stoped at 45deg intervals and has an adjustable dioptre eyepiece. It is bundled with 5 mounting pieces enabling it to be attached to most cameras made by Canon, Nikon, Fuji, Sony, Konica Minolta and Pentax. These include the Nikon 22 rectangle (fits on Olympus E-300),Canon 22mm, Nikon round 22mm, Universal 19mm (Tried on KM Dynax7D and Sony Alpha 100), Canon 18mm
Fotodiox Right Angle Viewfinder Pro-1
This independent brand has a built-in diopter for individual eyesight adjustment. It has a magnification ratio of 1x or 2x and comes with five adapters for Nikon, Canon, Konica Minolta, Olympus, Fujifilm, Leica, and Pentax, it is also compatible for Hasselblad and Mamiya medium-format cameras with optional adapter. Also included is a protective case and a blower brush.
- Technical Spec
Optical construction: 9 elements in 5 groups and angle prism.
Magnification: 1x; 2x
Rotation: 360 degrees
Dioptric correction range: +/- 4 dpt
Jessop Right Angle Finder
Compact item with 1x magnification and an eyepiece dioptre adjustment. Was Jessops branded and came in different camera fittings including Pentax, Olympus, Minolta, Nikon and Canon.Buy our second hand Jessop Right Angle Finder
Leica R Right Angle Finder
Magnification ratio is up to 2x. moves 360 degrees for lots of flexibility.
Nikon DR-3 Right Angle Viewfinder Attachment
Provides an upright and un-reversed image for right-angle viewing.
Has a round, screw-in mount that is compatible with F-series Nikon SLR cameras with a 19mm round non high eye-point viewing eyepiece thread including: F, F2, F3, F3AF, FA, FE, FE2, FM, FM2, FM3A and Nikkormat series.
A DK-7 adaptor allows it to be attached to all Nikon SLR cameras with a 22mm round high eye-point viewing eyepiece thread but this may cause vingetting at corners.
Nikon DR-4 Right Angle Viewfinder Attachment
A successor to the DR-3 also with round, screw-in mount for all Nikon SLR cameras with a 22mm round high eye-point viewing eyepiece thread.
Supplied with DK-12 adaptor required for use with cameras equipped with high eye point viewfinders.
Use of DK-13 adapter permits use with All Nikon SLR cameras with a 19mm round non-high eye-point viewing eyepiece thread.
Nikon 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 possiblen and allows adjustment of reproduction ratios of 1:1 or 1:2.
Fits all Nikon SLR cameras with a 22mm round high eye-point viewing eyepiece thread while removal of the eyepiece adapter ring allows use on all Nikon SLR cameras having a 19mm round non-high eye point viewing eyepiece thread.Technical spec
- Reproduction ratio: changable between 1:1 or 1:2
- Lens construction at 1:1 ,7elements in 5 groups at 1:2, 8 elements in 6 group
- Diopter adjustment; at 1:1,-8.0 to +3.8m at1:2, -5.0 to +6.0m
- Dimensions 48x81.5x62mm
- Weight approx 90g
Nikon DR-6 Right Angle Viewfinder Attachment
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
Has a slip on mount, making it compatible with all Nikon SLR cameras with a rectangular 22mm viewing eyepiece. This finder cannot be adapted for use on cameras with a round threaded viewing eyepiece.
Pentax Ref Converter A
Designed For Pentax A series will also fit M and K
Canon A2 Right Angle Finder.
It gives a correct image from top to bottom but it is reversed left to right. Works with the Canon A-1 camera body.
Minolta VN anglefinder
Minolta Maxxum/Dynax, Dynax 3, Dynax 4, Dynax 5, Dynax 7, Dynax 9, Dynax 5D, Dynax 7D, Dynax 50, Dynax 70, Dynax 5si, Dynax 600si, Dynax 700si, Dynax 800si, Minolta Dimage A200, Minolta Dimage A1, A2, Dynax 3000i, Dynax 5000i, Dynax 7000i, Dynax 8000i, 5xi, 7xi, 9xi,(not for 2xi, 3xi, SPxi)
Canon Angle Finder B
Fits A series (possibly T and F)
Contax right angle finder
With leather case.
Vintage Right Angle Finders
Zeiss Ikon Right Angle Finder
Rotates 360 degrees with a built in dioptre adjustment and 16mm screw thread.
Pentacon Six Right Angle Finder
Fuji Right Angle Finder
Nikon F right angle finder
Suitable for Nikon F SLR cameras
Pentax Spotmatic Right Angle Finder
Made in the 1960s and supplied with leather case. Will also fit on to a old Canon FTb
For the early Minolta SR series 35mm cameras. Came with leather Minolta case. Made in Japan.
Specifications of camera eyecupsCanon 18 mm adapter
for: Canon EOS10D, EOS20D, EOSD30/D60, EOS300D, EOS350D, EOS400D, Digital Rebel, EOSXT, EOSXTi, EOS10, EOS66, EOS88/88QD, EOS100, EOS300/300V, EOS500/500N, EOS700/750, EOS850/888, EOS1000N/1000FN, EOS1/1N/1D/1VNikon 19mm round
for non high eye-point viewing eyepiece thread including: F, F2, F3, F3AF, FA, FE, FE2, FM, FM2, FM3A,
and Nikkormat series.
for: EOS350D, EOSD30, EOSD60, EOSEOS EOS10D, EOS20D, EOS50D. EOS 3, EOS5, EOS30, EOS33, EOS55, EOS50ENikon 22 mm adapter for: D100, D200, D80, D70, D70s D50 F80, FE10, FM10, F70D, F65, F60D, F55, F70, F50D, F301, F401, F501, F60, F601, EM, FG, FG20, N50, N55, N60, N65, N70, N75, N80, N2000, N2020, N4004, N4004s, N5005, N6000, N6006 and Pronea 6i Nikon 22mm round
high eye-point viewing eyepiece thread including: D1, D1H, D1X, D2H, D2X, F3HP, F4, F5, F6, F100, N90, N90s, N8008 and N8008s.Universal 19mm
Konica Minolta Dynax7D and Sony Alpha 100
Minolta: no adapter is needed (use adapter #5)
Pentax: K10D, *ist Digital, *ist DL2, *ist DS2,*ist DL, *ist DS, *ist, ZX, PZ, LX, M & Program Series no adapter is needed for SP, M, K, Z, P, (use adapter #5)
Fujifilm: S3 Pro, S2 Pro, S1 (use adapter #2)
Leica R9,R8,R7,R6,R5,R4,R3 (use adapter #1)
Olympus E300, E330, E500, E20, E10, E100 RS (use adapter #5)
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