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DR-5 Right Angle Viewfinder for Professional Nikon Cameras
 
4.6

(based on 61 reviews)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves function (48)
  • Easy to use (37)
  • Lightweight (34)
  • Durable (30)

Cons

  • Not functional (4)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (39)
  • Everyday use (13)
  • Wildlife (13)
  • Action shots (4)
  • Travel (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (22), Pro photographer (18), Photo enthusiast (17)
    • Was this a gift?:
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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

 

Very frustrating and a waste of money

I shoot a lot of ground and near-ground level macros. Some compositions are impossible to see thru either the viewfinder or live-view. Others, at knee level or so, require a fair bit of...Read complete review

I shoot a lot of ground and near-ground level macros. Some compositions are impossible to see thru either the viewfinder or live-view. Others, at knee level or so, require a fair bit of body contortion to see. I was hoping the right angle viewfinder would solve the first problem, and ameliorate the second.

In theory, it does. The optics are fine. What is not fine are the mechanics of the viewfinder. There is no tension in either the diopter adjustment, or in the 360' swivel. The diopter adjustment will not stay in place. Set it, breathe near it, and it will have moved. This results in having to focus every composition twice: refocus the diopter adjuster, then focus the composition.

The same is true of the swivel. Touch it with your eye socket, which is the point of having it, and it will flop all over the place.

There also is no tension in the lever that switches from 1x to 2x magnification. Pick up and move the camera, and that lever has likely fallen somewhere between the two settings, so no image can be seen.

The general physical construction reminds me of the toilet-paper-tube periscopes we made in the third grade. As long as you are very, very careful not to jostle it, it works perfectly well. In reality, you'll spend much more time coaxing the viewfinder back into position than you ever will composing photographs. This is an absolutely loathsome tool.

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5.0

REALLY HELPFUL

By BetaSX

from Honolulu, HI

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy to Use
  • Improves Function
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife

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

    I use this for long lenses for birds and moon shots. Also for candid people shots. Once I figured out how to mount it, it's so sharp and has a nice WIDE rubber grip for focussing which is very nice. It has two settings 1X and 2X but the 2X is not full frame, part of the image is clipped. But it's still helpful. Seems sturdy.

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    5.0

    Well Grounded

    By pictureted

    from Redwood City, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Improves Function
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Macro Photography

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

      If you like to crawl around on the ground doing macro work, this works. I also use it for some tabletop work.

      Attaches easily and the 2X magnification helps with critical focus.

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      5.0

      getting low

      By jglaser757

      from Florida

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy to Use
      • Improves Function
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          this is pefect for getting low without having to get real low!

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          5.0

          Bright, Sharp, Helpful Viewing Aid

          By PhotoJohn

          from Bellevue, WA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Aids Photo Compositions
          • Easy to Use
          • Improves Function
          • Lightweight
          • Use On Differing Nikons

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Forest Skies Shots

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

            When photographing upwards, using this eliminates straining my neck and even some dizziness. Subsequently, I'm thinking of more upward-direction compositions. Per reviews on the internet, cheaper versions have issues with viewing sharpness. Often, you get what you pay for.

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            5.0

            The Low Life

            By Steve

            from Los Angeles, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            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

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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

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                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

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                  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

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                    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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                              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

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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

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                                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

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                                          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

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                                            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

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                                            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

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                                              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

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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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