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Nikon DR-5 Right Angle Viewfinder for Professional Nikon Cameras USA

B&H # NIDR5 Mfr # 4752
You Pay: $199.95

The DR-5 Right Angle Viewfinder for Professional Nikon Cameras from Nikon provides an upright, unreversed image for right-angle viewing, very convenient for waist-level or low-angle photography. Individual eyesight adjustment is possible with the built-in diopter, and the reproduction ratio can be set to 1:1 or 1:2. This version comes fitted to be mounted on SLR cameras that have a 22mm round high eye-point viewing eyepiece thread, including the D3, D3x, D4, D700, D800 and D800E digital cameras.

Nikon DR-5 Right Angle Viewfinder for Professional Nikon Cameras
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    DR-5 Right Angle Viewfinder for Professional Nikon Cameras
     
    4.5

    (based on 57 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (39)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (13)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

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      (1)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Improves function (44)
    • Easy to use (33)
    • Lightweight (30)
    • Durable (27)

    Cons

    • Not functional (4)

    Best Uses

    • Macro photography (38)
    • Everyday use (13)
    • Wildlife (12)
    • Action shots (4)
    • Travel (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (18), Semi-pro photographer (18), Photo enthusiast (17)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Works well except for flimsy adapater

    The right angle viewfinder gives a clear view and the 2X magnification is great for manual focus. My only complaint concerns the plastic adapter to fit the DR-5 to the D2 and F6...Read complete review

    The right angle viewfinder gives a clear view and the 2X magnification is great for manual focus. My only complaint concerns the plastic adapter to fit the DR-5 to the D2 and F6 cameras. It should be made from metal instead of plastic considering the cost of the finder.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Great for low level shots.

    It would be better if it could also straighten out some. I love it for low level shots, but then I have to remove it to raise up to get a higher level.Read complete review

    It would be better if it could also straighten out some. I love it for low level shots, but then I have to remove it to raise up to get a higher level.
    Also, if you have a flash mounted, you can't get your eye up to it. It does rotate left and right and this helps.
    The magnification is great.

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    5.0

    The Low Life

    By Steve

    from Los Angeles, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Improves Function
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday Use
      • Macro Photography

      Comments about DR-5 Right Angle Viewfinder for Professional Nikon Cameras:

      This is a great accessory that allows you to take ground level images from your knees rather than your stomach. Everyone, especially old folks, is happy with this.

      The unit comes with the necessary adapter. I used the DR_6 in the past and it was easier to set up than the DR-5. The DR-6, which slipped over the eyepiece, had the ability to fall off the camera which does not happen with the DR-5 because it screws into the eyepiece. Tradeoffs.

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      5.0

      Great addition to camera

      By Loaker

      from Martinez, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Improves Function
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography

        Comments about DR-5 Right Angle Viewfinder for Professional Nikon Cameras:

        When shooting from a low tripod (such as flowers) or shooting at a high angle to the sky this viewfinder makes it easy to view your shot without straininig your neck or back. Magnification (2X) helps check details. Easy to install and remove once you read the manual and realize you have to close the viewfinder shutter. Includes case.

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        4.0

        A Quality Accessory

        By rrieger

        from Waynesville, OH

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Improves Function

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

          Comments about DR-5 Right Angle Viewfinder for Professional Nikon Cameras:

          I'll be using this unit for ground level macro work. It does its job very well, indeed. That said, I feel that it is overpriced. I guess I can't complain about the price considering that this is a fairly unique accessory. If it had cost $, it would have got five stars from me. If you need to get close to the ground or any horizontal surface, this is your accessory.

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          4.0

          Essential Equipment

          By Jay

          from Harrisburg, PA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Improves Function

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Action Shots
            • Macro Photography

            Comments about DR-5 Right Angle Viewfinder for Professional Nikon Cameras:

            right angle viewer- for those times when going low is important and your neck is too infelxible to do it!The square version of these was easy to use- this one requires unscrewing the glass eyepiece, screwing this in place, stowing away the glass eyepiece, then adjusting the angles..

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            5.0

            Two small gotcha's out of the box ......

            By Marv

            from Boulder, CO

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight
            • New Perspective

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about DR-5 Right Angle Viewfinder for Professional Nikon Cameras:

                How to get the view finder lens off the D4 was challenging and it would come loose. Then I learned about the small knob to close the viewfinder. Then I learned about the two opposes small buttons that need to be depressed as you rotate it and it then locked. Also there is a focus/diopter adjustment on the vertical section that will need to be adjusted.

                Now, I am very pleased at the new perspective I can get. I am very satisfied

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                5.0

                Just what I wanted

                By AZ

                from Hillsorough, NC

                About Me Pro Photographer

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                  Cons

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                      Comments about DR-5 Right Angle Viewfinder for Professional Nikon Cameras:

                      I had looked at some of the cheaper finders but was not impressed, so I went with the Nikon. Excellent quality, fits perfectly and the glass is up to pro standards

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                      5.0

                      Works well

                      By RS

                      from Nebraska

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Improves Function

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday Use
                        • Macro Photography

                        Comments about DR-5 Right Angle Viewfinder for Professional Nikon Cameras:

                        I use th dr-5 on a D800 for much of my shooting. It makes macro photography much easier, back and neck feel much better after a day in the weeds. Also, I use a a tripod for most of my landscape shooting. I find that using the right angle viewer to be rather convinient in many situations. The image is bright and very clear. The viewer stays in the position in which it was placed. It was easy to attach. It appears to be solidly built.

                        I would recommend this product.

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                        5.0

                        A must for low angle shooting

                        By blah blah blah

                        from nyc

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Improves Function
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Action Shots
                          • Everyday Use

                          Comments about DR-5 Right Angle Viewfinder for Professional Nikon Cameras:

                          Excellent-

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                          5.0

                          More than I hoped for...

                          By Yo

                          from Minnesota/Manzanillo, Mexico

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about DR-5 Right Angle Viewfinder for Professional Nikon Cameras:

                              I ordered this product to get a right-angle viewer, but found the additional features very valuable. Particularly useful are the 1x/2x modes and the fact that the unit tilts to the right and left. Attaching to the unit to the camera is easily accomplished. This accessory makes being a contortionist optional to get that great closeup!

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                              2.0

                              Did not meet expectations

                              By John

                              from Corpus Christi, Texas

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                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Macro Photography

                                  Comments about DR-5 Right Angle Viewfinder for Professional Nikon Cameras:

                                  I use this product for macro and astrophotography. I use the D-4 camera. On the D-4 it is a little flimsy. The lock does not function so that right angle slides around the axis of its attachment to the camera; making it difficult to focus.

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                                  5.0

                                  Nikon DR-5 Right Angle Viewfinder

                                  By Jim

                                  from Temecula

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Improves Function
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • Better Instructions

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Astrophotography
                                  • Macro Photography
                                  • Wildlife

                                  Comments about DR-5 Right Angle Viewfinder for Professional Nikon Cameras:

                                  I use the DR-5 for the ground level photos and when I use the Vixen Polarie for astrophotography. I'm too old to be crawling around on the ground, turning my head sideways, sticking my head in the dirt. For astrophotography I don't have to climb a ladder or use the screen.

                                  For those reasons I am very happy with the DR-5.

                                  As with other reviews the instructions should be a little more clear. It took me about 20 seconds to figure out the eyepiece shutter on the D800 needs to be closed before you can remove the eyepiece. I also have a problem with the eyepiece staying where I want it.

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                                  5.0

                                  There are times this is essential.

                                  By Happy Flyfisher

                                  from New Smyrna Beach, FL

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Improves Function
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Low Level Perspectives
                                    • Macro Photography

                                    Comments about DR-5 Right Angle Viewfinder for Professional Nikon Cameras:

                                    When I was 30, I could do all kinds of gymnastics to get into the right position to take a photo. That was over 40 years ago. Now when I take a photo of a flower or an insect ... or when I want to take a photo from a low perspective, I find a right angle viewer ... essential. It keeps most of those "gymnastic" shots open to me. (Actually, it would have made life simpler 40 years ago too :)

                                    I have found that the DR-5 exactly fills the need. It comes in a handy little protective case that is easily tucked into a corner of my camera bag or into a vest pocket and mounts onto the camera rather easily. (I use it on my Nikon D800).

                                    There is a switch on the device that allows you to change the magnification. In one position (1x) you can see the entire frame clearly. The 2X position increases the magnification so you can check the focus more carefully. In the 2x position you don't see the edges of the frame but it is useful for checking focus in areas where it matters ... which is particularly important in closeup/macro work where depth of field is a major consideration as you work on composition.

                                    The device is nicely built. It has that "Nikon Quality". The instructions are not as helpful as they could be but mounting/dismounting isn't rocket science. However, on the D800, you need to remove the eyepiece on the camera to mount the DR-5. It took me a while to discover that, in order to do that, you need to close the eyepiece shutter first. It would have been helpful to have that step in the instructions; it was not. Be that as it may, mounting is just a matter of closing the eyepiece shutter, removing the eyepiece, screwing the DR-5 into where the eyepiece was, rotating it into the position you want it, opening the eyepiece shutter, focusing the eyepiece, and ... you are ready to go.

                                    Money well spent. I like it.

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                                    5.0

                                    Nikon quality

                                    By JayTee

                                    from Ontario, Canada

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Excellent Optics

                                    Cons

                                    • Awkward to put on

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Macro Photography
                                    • Wildlife

                                    Comments about DR-5 Right Angle Viewfinder for Professional Nikon Cameras:

                                    I already own a DR-6 for my D300 and I wish it would have fit my D4 with some kind of adaptor. The DR-5 is more difficult to put on the camera and the instructions are a bit vague. It wasn't very hard to figure out but the instructions don't mention that you can keep turning (tightening) the DR-5 in order to get it to orient properly straight up. Once it's on it works great.

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                                    5.0

                                    Lack of info

                                    By Jack

                                    from Montreal, Qc, Canada

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Everyday Use
                                      • Macro Photography

                                      Comments about DR-5 Right Angle Viewfinder for Professional Nikon Cameras:

                                      I use this product to make picture close to ground. I hate to lay on the ground and bend my neck at 90 degres BW. This equipement save me all the paint. It does a GREAT job. It is my second one. The first on was a DR-6 for my D300 (still in use)

                                      One draw back: It is a pain in the neck to find the way to install DR-5. The informations are scared and VERY hard to find. The pdf file ( which is easy to use) gave me a hard time to find the solution. I think NIKON is losing a lot with is way of treating customers. I would have been so easy to add instructions with a picture on how to remove the ring from the camera.

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                                      5.0

                                      Nikon DR-5 is a winner

                                      By Marv

                                      from Loveland, CO

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Durable
                                      • Easy to Use
                                      • Improves Function

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Macro Photography
                                        • Traveling
                                        • Wildlife

                                        Comments about DR-5 Right Angle Viewfinder for Professional Nikon Cameras:

                                        If you have difficulty getting down, as I do, this right-angle viewer by Nikon makes life easier. I recently needed to photograph a 3 foot tall lamp. Sitting on a chair, using the DR-5 on my Nikon D800, I was able to take the pictures without any difficulty.
                                        Also the device is extremely well made.

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                                        5.0

                                        The "Right" Viewer

                                        By Jimka

                                        from Cool, CA

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                        Pros

                                        • Easy to Use
                                        • Improves Function
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                        • Difficult To Tighten

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Low To Ground

                                        Comments about DR-5 Right Angle Viewfinder for Professional Nikon Cameras:

                                        When I need the camera to be almost on the ground, it's not usually convenient to lay on the ground to view the shot. This viewer solves that problem completely.

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                                        2.0

                                        Desapointed.

                                        By Alex

                                        from Florida

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Pros

                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                        • Not Functional

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about DR-5 Right Angle Viewfinder for Professional Nikon Cameras:

                                          This accessory is not easy to mount on the camera, but we all knew that before buying it.The issue is that when adjusting the diopter ring, you can't have both center and borders of the image in focus.After contacting Nikon, I deceided to return the item because there was no fix to the problem.You could deal with it on a $50 after-market product but not with a $ Nikon brand accessory.I'm very disapointed by the quality of this product.

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                                          5.0

                                          DR-5 Right Angle Viewfinder

                                          By CUBYDC

                                          from Corolla, NC

                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easy to Use
                                          • Improves Function
                                          • Lightweight

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Macro Photography
                                            • Wildlife

                                            Comments about DR-5 Right Angle Viewfinder for Professional Nikon Cameras:

                                            The DR-5 is very helpful when framing waist level and ground level subjects.

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                                            3.0

                                            Fitting threaded?

                                            By Guedes

                                            from Rio de Janeiro

                                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                              Cons

                                              • Not Functional

                                              Best Uses

                                                Comments about DR-5 Right Angle Viewfinder for Professional Nikon Cameras:

                                                To attach the viewfinder you have to remove the viewfinder protector machine and then thread the viewfinder. It's a very complicated usage, definitely not functional! Why not a bayonet fitting?

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                                                5.0

                                                perfect with my NIkon D800E

                                                By alfredowhite

                                                from caracas - venezuela

                                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Durable
                                                • Easy to Use
                                                • Improves Function
                                                • Lightweight

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Macro Photography

                                                  Comments about DR-5 Right Angle Viewfinder for Professional Nikon Cameras:

                                                  when I work products and the angle is from a very low

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