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DR-5 Right Angle Viewfinder for Professional Nikon Cameras
 
4.4

(based on 73 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (51)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Improves function (52)
  • Easy to use (42)
  • Lightweight (40)
  • Durable (34)

Cons

  • Not functional (6)

Best Uses

  • Macro photography (43)
  • Everyday use (14)
  • Wildlife (14)
  • Action shots (4)
  • Travel (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (25), Pro photographer (21), Photo enthusiast (20)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (57)

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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1.0

Not Practical for Fieldwork

By Sudhir

from Herndon, VA

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Pros

    Cons

    • Not For Field
    • Too Cumbersome To Use
    • Too Expensive
    • Very Fragile

    Best Uses

    • Studio Setting

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

    I shoot a lot of natural macro subjects in the outdoors - Mushrooms, Insects, Wildflowers and such. Sometimes I find myself flat on my belly shooting, which is generally OK except when it is wet. I have a D810, so I got the DR-5 which sounded very promising to solve my problem.

    The unit works great optically, everything is super sharp through the Finder, 5 stars for that.

    Where it utterly fails in the practicality of the design. Imagine you are on a trail and you see this beautiful mushroom on the ground and it is drizzling. Now to use the DR-5, you will need to REMOVE the eyepiece from your D810 - a painful task as the rubber does not turn very easily. Next you have to use your thumb and press two tabs on the DR-5 while you turn the screw on to tighten the unit to the camera - a real pain. You have to make sure you store the removed eyepiece safely and not lose it on the trail!
    Next once you are done, you need to use the provided tiny metal wrench to remove the unit - make sure you don't lose that quarter sized wrench too!
    I would not recommend leaving the DR-5 on your camera on while on field - it is just too fragile and most bags are not designed to keep it snugly.

    In short, it is practically useless. I am pretty sure I will rarely use it, given the difficulty in using it. I will be returning the unit.

    What I expect is a unit that I can easily slide in, use and then remove.

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    5.0

    Perfect for those who shot ground level

    By Kleiny41

    from Washington, DC

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

    This device enables photographers to lay on the ground and easily see their subject through the viewfinder. You can also increase viewing ratio to 2x to support your focus efforts. Perfect fit for the Nikon D810.

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    5.0

    A great waist level finder

    By Rob from Jersey

    from Jobstown, NJ

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Mount
    • Easy to Use
    • Improves Function
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday Use
      • Macro Photography
      • Studio Work

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

      Easy to mount & use. Switches from vertical to horizontal in a snap, Also offers view of 1X to 2X.

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      2.0

      Disappointing Design

      By tjvphoto

      from Fontana, CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

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

      I am a professional photographer and long time Nikon shooter. The design of this viewfinder has many flaws. It is never really secure when screwed in the eyepiece and requires constant attention. The focus needs to have some sort of indexing so that the photographer does not have to repeatedly adjust focus, very annoying. Has very bad focus vignetting only about 1/3 of the very center is actually in focus. Overall very disappointing especially when talking about a $ item. Should not have the Nikon name on it.

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      5.0

      Works Great

      By Tim

      from FL

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          I'm always looking for a different perspective for a photograph. Looking through the viewfinder in a different way is helpful for that.

          This attaches well but I would treat it as if it is fragile.

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          5.0

          nice addition

          By sams human

          from greenville,sc

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          Pros

          • Durable
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              on my d810a for night sky view

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              1.0

              Dangerous to D810

              By pictureted

              from Redwood City, CA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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              Pros

                Cons

                • Broke D810
                • Not Functional

                Best Uses

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

                  I used this with my D810, bumped it and the D810 finder broke off. The D810 finder is secure with tiny screw and an extremely thin strip of plastic. It is much to fragile to hold this finder.Cost of Nikon repair $236.50 and the parts aren't available.Such a shame since the DR-6 works fine with the DX models I've used.

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                  5.0

                  Happy with my New View finder

                  By Windsurfing Photographer

                  from N Myrtle Beach SC

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Improves Function
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Macro Photography
                    • Sunrises And Sunsets
                    • Traveling
                    • Wildlife

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

                    I just received my DR-5 today it took some thinking and looking at the back of my Nikon D3s and you must remove the small rubber piece on the view finder then remove the ring that holds that rubber piece on it turns to the left But before that you must turn the small switch to close the viewfinder on the back of the camera.Once you have that off you put the adapter piece that comes with the Dr-5 then you can screw the DR-5 on the back of the camera.I have saw other reviews about this product and was not sure about buying it.I glad I did get it finally

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                    5.0

                    DR-5 Right Angle Viewfinder for Nikon Cameras

                    By Obsessed Photographer

                    from El Cerrito, CA

                    About Me Photography Student

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                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Improves Function

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Macro Photography

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

                      I love this product. It really makes macro photography more comfortable. I don't have to bend as much and I can look from the side if necessary. It is a little hard to see if the subject is in focus with this product.

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                      5.0

                      I like it

                      By jimmyd

                      from South Carolina

                      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:

                        I read every negative comment....not one problem have I experienced. It is slower than just dropping a viewfinder but you get total focus control and a great image to look at.

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                        1.0

                        Swivelling Never Stops

                        By AS

                        from Indiana

                        About Me Pro Photographer

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                        Pros

                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Not Functional

                        Best Uses

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

                          I agree completely with the reviewer that pointed out that there is no way to secure the viewer at whatever position you choose for viewing your scene. I still swivels freely with the slightest touch or bump of the tripod. It's such silly engineering that one might expect that a part was left out when they packed the thing. I'll try roping it in place with rubber bands, but what a mess!

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                          5.0

                          Cool gadget.

                          By Chief

                          from nyc

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

                          Great for macro work.

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                          5.0

                          REALLY HELPFUL

                          By BetaSX

                          from Honolulu, HI

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                          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

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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

                                          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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