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PostPosted: Sun Feb 13, 2011 3:39 pm 
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I am considering getting one of the tube type external viewfinder attachments. I think it is called a right angled viewfinder.

Does anyone have any experience with these?
Do they pivot?

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I got the Canon Angle Finder C in the past. Yes it pivots. The usage of it is rather limited, and I think I'll sell mine once I get a 600D as the tilt screen will render it obsolete.

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popo wrote:
once I get a 600D


How many bodies do you actually need lol ?

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Everything has a point for existing. The 50D filled a gap Sony had when I was looking to upgrade to a mid range body. The 7D improved on the 50D in AF. I changed the 50D to a 5Dmk1 to play with FF. Didn't like it so sold it again, which left a gap as I do like a 2nd body when out on more serious shoots. Rather than get another 50D or 7D, I went for a used 450D as a cheap option. The 1D was bought as faulty and is my cheap throwabout playing around camera. The 300D is modified for IR usage. The 600D will take over as 2nd body when I get it for the tilt screen, and I'll then get the 450D converted for astrophotography/IR and ditch the 300D.

Or something like that.

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How is the IR modified? What is different about it?

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There's a link in my sig which describes the IR mod. If you just want photos that's mostly later in the thread.

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In summary, the IR (Infrared) filter was removed from the sensor. The advantage of removing the filter is mainly for astrophotography, you get deeper and better reds.

The 20Da camera was manufactured out-of-the-box without an IR filter, and was designed for astrophotography specifically. It also featured live-view, which is also a convenience for astrophotography.

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That's not the full story... the typical filter used for astro allows more of the visible red through while still cutting IR, as IR is considered negative for image quality unless optics have been specifically designed for it. An IR mod typically removes the IR block and fits a visible block.

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I am considering one of these

An eyepiece extender

Does anyone here use them? I think it has been discussed before.

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I'd lost my regualar eyepiece (took if off for cleaning and forgot about it) so a week ago I went to my local camera shop and found what I wanted ; the owner also gave me a demo of the eye-extender you mentioned above; the Extender EP-EX15II , It was a nice to use but I was on a budget so didnt purchase it.
Unless you get annoyed with your nose touching the back of your camera (which i dont mind); thats the main reason why I would consider ever getting it. However maybe in a warmer climate where you might be abit sweaty it could be useful .

Btw amazon is selling them for £9.75 free shipping

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2011 6:53 pm 
I could really use an extender like that. Unfortunately, I can't find one anywhere. I'm always hitting the buttons to the left of the screen on my Nikon. Don't ask me how I manage that.


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I hope it does not magnify though because that would mean further cropping. There is some kind of lens within the viewfinder, otherwise it would not be as expensive, if it was just a piece of plastic.

I am getting used to the standard viewfinder, and using the camera in a portrait position with an empty hot shoe, poses no real problems atall.

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