DR-5 Screw-in Right Angle Viewfinder
Especially Nice for Tall People
I'm very tall and this device is on my D700 almost all the time now, even when I carry it outdoors. I actually get better portraits with this thing because of the lower angle. Since I received it as a gift there has been a sudden improvement in my compositions. I highly recommend it.
June 30, 2012
Right Angle for Down and Low
Very solid build and easy to attach to my D700.
I do a lot of micro photography and anyone doing micro work knows the subject is not always at a position that affords looking through the viewfinder; sometimes the object is just too low to the ground. The DR-5 allows for a better "Top Down" viewing and has a switch to select 1x or 2x magnification. The viewfinder rotates left or right for different view angles. The DR-5 has the ability to adjust to different eyesights with a twist.
Notes to consider before purchase; This is a screw on unit - if you are looking for pop on pop off convenience this is not for you.
Right Angle means Right Angle, 90 degrees. It would be better if it were slightly less than 90 degrees - 80 degrees or adjustable between 90 and 80. This would allow for a less than direct top down eye position. I rarely find my camera at 90 angle to the object when doing outdoor micro work. This unit is better suited for studio work.
Using the 2x magnification feature will prevent you from viewing the camera's metering system via the viewfinder as it cuts off the readout at 2x. Thus you will either need to switch back to 1x or take the meter reading first then switch to 2x for final focus, but 2x is a good thing. To note as well, is when using a flash along with the DR-5 this may present challenges using the viewfinder when it is positioned straight up behind the flash. This will place the viewfinder about 2.5 inches behind the flash. Having a SB900 mounted with the viewfinder is somewhat awkward. You can rotate the viewfinder to either side and position yourself to view from that angle. I use a SU-800 and do not have this issue since the SU 800 is short and stubby my flashes are not on the camera with my outdoor system (R1C1).
All in all the DR-5 makes the down low angles possible without laying on the ground.
November 18, 2010