Nikon F4 finders

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by BILWIL, Apr 12, 2004.


    BILWIL Guest

    Just getting into close-up and macro photography here, And I'm getting
    tired already of trying to peer thru the normal viewfinder of my F4 at
    the wee flowers and insects. I see in Moose Peterson's Nikon System
    Handbook, that there are three possible solutions to this problem which
    would allow me to look down into the camera from above. These are the
    DW-20 waist level finder, which has the flip open hood like my old
    YaschicaMat, (Is this one also good for "normal" photography?) the
    DW-21 high magnification finder which has a large range diopter
    adjustment, and the DR-3 right angle finder. (Which is probably a LOT
    less expensive than either finder!) I would like to hear from folks who
    have used any, or all of these as to their pros, cons and/or
    preferences. I know the finders reverse the image, but if memory
    serves, the angle finder maintains it correctly. Also, can the DR-3 be
    fitted to the eyepiece on the standard DP-20 finder? This has a
    somewhat larger thread mount than the older non-HP cameras. Many

    Bill Wilson
    BILWIL, Apr 12, 2004
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  2. There is also a lot of good information at
    Follow the F4 link.

    The DW-20 is just a look straight down at the focusing screen with a
    small reversed image. There is a little 5X flip up magnifier for
    focusing. The DW-20 only works with the spot meter in the body as
    center-weighted and matrix are in the DP-20. Unless you are already
    manually metering and calculating macro compensation factors, this
    a little complication.
    Also both the DW-20 and DW-21 lose the hot-shoe which matters if you
    using a hot-shoe powered ringlight like one of the Sunpak units.
    sells an SC-24 adapter cable that plugs into a small connector on the
    DW-20 and DW-21 and has a hot-shoe on the other end like an SC-17.

    The DW-21 has a bright full magification eyepiece so the image appears
    as large as in the standard DP-20 finder. It is reversed right to
    but right side up. Again the DW-21 only works with the spot meter in
    the body. This is a very nice piece and I use mine when I need right
    angle on my F4's. It has a large eyepiece diameter with good eye

    The DR-3 comes with a DK-7 adapter for the larger DP-20 eyepiece
    The image is not reversed just like the regular finder image. Since
    are still using the DP-20, spot, CW, and matrix metering all work.
    can also rotate this in any direction which is nice when scrunched
    trying to get a wild flower in focus.
    It allows you to still use a hot-shoe powered ringlight or other
    flash. The
    current version of this is the DR-4 which also fits the DP-20 on the
    I usually use my DR-3 on an FE-2 but it works on my F4's with the
    The DR-3/DR-4 has less eye relief that the DW-21.
    Bob Kirkpatrick, Apr 12, 2004
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    Gordon Moat Guest

    You might already have seen this resource, but if not, there is some great
    information here:

    Gordon Moat, Apr 12, 2004

    TP Guest

    Yes, apart from the laterally reversed image that you mentioned.
    That's the one I chose. If you wear glasses you may not be able to
    see the extreme corners of the frame with your glasses on. Otherwise,
    this is an excellent finder, the one I used for virtually all my macro
    work when I had Nikon gear.
    The DR-3 is very expensive for what it is. I think my DW-21,
    purchased used from KEH, cost me less than a used DR-3 in similar
    condition (EXC +).
    The DR-3 needs to be fitted with a threaded adapter to match the
    larger eyepiece diameter. The adapters are easily available from
    Nikon approved suppliers.

    The DR-3 has the advantage of being suitable for other Nikon bodies,
    whereas the DW-20 and DW-21 are dedicated to the F4.

    I hope this is useful.
    TP, Apr 12, 2004

    Nick C Guest

    I use the DR-4 Right-Angle Viewing Attachment on my F4 and F5.

    Nick C, Apr 12, 2004
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