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06-05-2016, 12:12 AM - 1 Like   #16
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Viewfinder blind
A bit of black cloth... like they used in the old days, works just fine too.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Kerrowdown Quote
A bit of black cloth... like they used in the old days, works just fine too.
Funny about that. I use LV frequently when doing macro, both for framing and the accuracy of focus peaking, but it's sometimes hard to see in the field if I'm out in the sun. Usually wear and use a wide-brimmed hat to shade it, but have considered a black cloth to drape over my head, thus completing the circle to the earliest days of photography. Of course, to really go full circle, I'd have to sensitize the sensor myself, for each shot.
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Nikon F4 had similar dimensions (weight) as K1, it had small lamps for illumination of controls and it had viewfinder blinds. K1 has same dimensions, is praised for some leds, but is lacking the blinds, but obviously this is one of the first places to cut cost. Any over cover will do, but blinds are fun and look professional :-)
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QuoteOriginally posted by Digitalis Quote
Nikon cameras especially the high end ones always have this feature.
Only some of the high-end models, perhaps? At the lower end of high-end, the D810 and D500 have it, but the Df and D750 do not.

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I don't think pentax has ever had a camera with a built in viewfinder blind.
That is true. The feature has been present on several camera models (all AE?) going back to the late 1970s but was never common. I have one body with a viewfinder blind (Ricoh XR-2s). It works well, but I can't say I have ever used it. I haven't done much tripod work with that camera and a thumb is a good stand-in.


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Here's the viewfinder shield. As I recall, I added the grey Velcro to improve sealing. As purchased, the device had a plain plastic shield. It covers a DSLR viewfinder reasonably well IF there is no rubber eyecup. If the latter is in place, the cover is poor. It wouldn't take much of a change in design to overcome this limitation. And I left it up a bit in the "retracted" photo. It will fold down more or less flat atop the pentaprism housing.
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What is the brand name on this? I cannot quite make it out.
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What is the brand name on this? I cannot quite make it out.
Regrettably, the printing says "MADE IN GERMANY." There isn't any manufacturer's name on it. It is old, at least 20 years, and I've not been able to locate a similar device. Except that you lose the hotshoe, such a gadget would seem to be useful and therefore have a market. Easier to use than the imminently easier-to-lose little slide-on viewfinder covers (unless you have one that goes onto the shoulder strap).

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Didn't the Asahi Pentax ES2 of the early 70s have a viewfinder blind? One of the upgrades over the original ES. It was activated by selecting a separate 'auto' setting on the shutter speed dial.

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Except that you lose the hotshoe, such a gadget would seem to be useful and therefore have a market.
Hot shoe loss should not be an issue for the most likely purpose of this. And yes, much, much easier than the slide on cover that requires removal of the eyepiece. With as simple as it is to have all manner of little gadgets made for next to nothing you would think this would be a no brainer.
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I had long time ago one like this but I do not think it will fit new DSLR but it was OEM Pentax

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We are not the only ones with this issue. Check out this solution: Canon 5DSr – First Impressions in the Field | Cole Thompson Photography

Duct tape always works.
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We are not the only ones with this issue. Check out this solution: Canon 5DSr First Impressions in the Field | Cole Thompson Photography

Duct tape always works.
Yes, it does, but gaffer tape doesn't leave residue.
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QuoteOriginally posted by microlight Quote
Didn't the Asahi Pentax ES2 of the early 70s have a viewfinder blind? One of the upgrades over the original ES. It was activated by selecting a separate 'auto' setting on the shutter speed dial.
That was a new one for me, but yes, the ESII had a shutter blind.


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QuoteOriginally posted by stevebrot Quote
Only some of the high-end models, perhaps? At the lower end of high-end, the D810 and D500 have it, but the Df and D750 do not.
I think it is fair to say Nikon threw the D750 and DF under the bus in this regard. The Nikon D# series have always had this feature, as well as the Canon 1 series cameras.
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yes, the ESII had a shutter blind
Yep, my ES II had the blind - sooo cool even if I never used it in action.
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