Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/08/02

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Would Ansel Adams shoot Leica
Date: Wed, 2 Aug 2000 15:44:57 EDT

In a message dated 8/2/00 3:08:39 PM Eastern Daylight Time, writes:

<< The waist level finder (like the
 Rolleiflex) makes for an instrument which you always are resting up against
 something. Setting it on a book on a table to squeeze off shots. >>

I beg to differ.  The waistlevel finder is fine for handheld shots.  With the 
magnifier in the up position and the eye close to the magnifier the forehead 
above the eye pushes down on the upper edge of the finder cover while the 
hands push upward making the whole shebang very solid and much of the mirror 
slap is absorbed in the hands and face (not painful!).  You also get a 
full-field view of the screen at 5x.  No prism will get you that.  Following 
a moving subject means fighting basic instinct, though, which usually wins 
out and you turn the wrong way.  Probably the best advantage of the 
waistlevel is being able to turn the camera sideways for sneak shots (yes 
even a Hasselblad can be a sneaky camera) or completely upside down to shoot 
over the heads of people in front.  I often take the prism off my Nikons to 
do this.  One reason I'd never own an SLR that didn't have a removable prism.