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Although generally, the sophisticated multi-metered DP-20 is more than good enough (and in fact highly recommended) as the companion metered prism for the Nikon F4, as the basic specification offers even fulfilling demand of technical usage, but Nikon still provides other alternatives to improve efficiency and/or convenience for photographers as Eye-Level finder such as the DP-20 -regardless of how useful it is, may has its limitations during shooting. A good example is shooting on a reprocopy stand, macro photography at ground level or when the camera is inside a housing etc. In a Nikon tradition with the F-series models, the Nikon F4 system also has similar configuration In addition to the standard Multi-Meter Finder DP-20, the Nikon F4(s) accepts three other interchangeable viewfinders. Each of these finders provides their respective usage and function to Assisi photographers to tackle photographic tasks that may require such special finder to facilitate easier photography.

AE Action Finder DA-20 Easily the most expensive among all regular production viewfinders, not just for F4 but similarly apply for all other earlier Nikon F-class system SLR cameras. This finder is perfect for situations where normal viewing is difficult or impossible, such as when wearing a helmet or protective mask/goggles, or with the camera encased in a special housing for underwater photography. Rubber hood and rubber eyepiece cover are provided. However, Matrix metering is inoperative with this finder but the DA-20 (EV-0~EV21, up to +1/3 stop) still permits operating in classic center-weighted metering, along with spot metering in a Nikon F4.
Aquatica 4 underwater camera housing Nikon F4

This is Aqua Vision Systems flagship housing for the Nikon F4s. The Aquatica 4 was, in its prime, the choice of the world's top underwater photographers, including David Doubilet of National Geographic. This particular unit has taken a number of photos that have been published internationally. The housing is solid as a tank - almost indestructible. The housing is die-cast aluminum, and therefore rustproof. The wiring harness has been rebuilt and reinforced so that it is much stronger and more reliable than the standard Aqua Vision wiring bundle. This provides for TTL strobe exposure control through two Nikonos V - style ports on top...| MORE interesting reads on underH20 housing units |

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6X High-Magnification Finder DW-21 For critical high-magnification close-up work and photomicrography. Sophisticated optical system provides clear, sharp view of the entire image at full approx. 6X magnification. Fitted with -5 to +3 diopter adjustment for individual eyesight correction. Rubber eyecup and rubber eyepiece cover included. The drawback of this finder is, only spot metering is permissible with this finder and you'd really need to carefully select the right thing in your screen to meter. Well frankly, over the years, design of the Nikon's 6X Magnification Finder has been quite conservative, I would rather think a 45 degrees angled finder is more practical and not as stressful to operate for long hours photographic sessions such as in macrophotography. The effective working metering range for DA-20 is from (EV-2~EV21).

Waist-Level Finder DW-20 With an effective working metering range from (EV-2~EV21), this is the most economical finder type among all options. For use when the Nikon F4 is used at a low angle or on a copy-stand. Using a design very similar to older twin-reflex camera (or even the medium format bodies). A Fold up-type viewing hood provided. The built-in flip-up magnifier provides an approx. 5X magnification at the center of the image for accurate focusing. It is a good finder, affordable and very compact when it is folded up and looks like a pancake finder. However, similar to the 5X High-Magnification finder, only spot metering is workable. Next, the image projects is actually inverted and makes it less responsive (actually, quite irritating..) during shooting. But it is a very handy finder for copying works (when mounted on the Repro-Copying unit) although personally I would like to see Nikon can think of something such as the innovative FB-1 system Finder designed for the Pentax LX.

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Waist level finder may not necessary always ended on a tripod, it may also be used in some situations such as shooting at ground zero ...

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You probably know the various finders for the F3 will not fit the F4 (although theoretically, the F4's focusing screen(s) may be inserted into a Nikon F3 but don't try to outsmart the creator, it may provide brighter image but there may have focusing swift with such a combination(s)) . Well, if you take a good look at the viewfinders of both Nikon F4 series (DX-2X Series) and Nikon F5 (DX-3X Series), you may notice there are a lot of similarities in their physical appearance So one question crops up, CAN the two finder groups of these two generations of F-models interchange with one another ?

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No. They can't. Neither the focusing screens of two models fit each other as well. Now take a clue from the two images shown here - tell me why. hehe ...
Viewing Accessories

The Nikon F4's standard supplied Multi-Meter Finder DP-20 accepts the following accessories.

Nikon Eyepiece Correction Lenses Five lenses for Nikon F3HP -3, -2, 0, +1 and +2 diopters are available. When used with the diopter adjustment dial of the Multi-Meter Finder DP-20, the combined adjustment range becomes -5 to +4 diopters.

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Nikon Rubber Eyecup DK-2 The eyecup prevents stray light from entering the viewfinder from the rear and allows eyeglass wearers to use the Nikon F4 without fear of scratching glasses.
I Instruction Manual I How to use the DK-2

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Nikon Eyepiece Adapter DK-7 Lets you attach the DR-3 or DG-2 to the Multi-Meter Finder DP-20's eyepiece.

Nikon Right-Angle Viewing Attachment DR-3 Excellent for copy work, the DR-3 provides an upright, non-inverted image for right-angle viewing with the DK-7. Individual eyesight adjustments are possible.
Nikon Eyepiece Magnifier DG-2 Provides 2X magnification of the central portion of the finder image with Eyepiece Adapter DK-7. Eyesight adjustment provided. Useful for critical focusing in close-up photography. Separate into two segments, the DG-2 can flip up the second half should you require to view the entire fieldview.

Anyway, both accessories were introduced almost twenty years ago and are still readily available at many retail outlets. They are good but not entirely essential as they are not very friendly to use on location shooting. Besides, as interchangeable viewfinders which serves similar functions are easier to use but since these two highly affordable accessories are compatible with other Nikon bodies (include the Nikon FA, FM and FE series models).

I am NOT a professional photographer but sometimes I think the Matrix Balanced Fill Flash is a great feature in the new generation of Nikon AF SLRs. Why can't they designed a finder which retains all features of a DP-20 that has a built-in flash too ? Further, it takes a way the hassle of bring along a big flash and keep minimum gears for trips. Probably pros never likes amateuristic built-in flash..... or just an assumption from the creator ??

| previous | 3/3 NEXT | The finders are closely relative to focusing screen. Next section addresses various Focusing screen types designed for the Nikon F4 and how to change a screen.

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  Special Application lenses:
Micro-Nikkor Lenses - 50mm~55mm -60mm 85mm -105mm 200mm Micro-Zoom 70-180mm
Perspective Control (PC) - 28mm 35mm PC-Micro 85mm
Dedicated Lenses for Nikon F3AF: AF 80mm f/2.8 | AF 200mm f/3.5 EDIF
Depth of Field Control (DC): 105mm 135mm
Medical Nikkor: 120mm 200mm
Reflex-Nikkor Lenses - 500mm 1000mm 2000mm
Others: Noct Nikkor | OP-Nikkor | UV Nikkor 55mm 105mm | Focusing Units | Bellows-Nikkor 105mm 135mm
Nikon Series E Lenses: 28mm35mm50mm100mm135mm | E-Series Zoom lenses: 36~72mm75~150mm70~210mm

MF Zoom-Nikkor Lenses: 25~50mm | 28~45mm | 28~50mm | 28~85mm | 35~70mm | 36~72mm E | 35~85mm | 35~105mm | 35~135mm | 35~200mm | 43~86mm | 50~135mm | 50~300mm | 70~210mm E | 75~150mm E | 80~200mm | 85~250mm | 100~300mm | 180~600mm | 200~400mm | 200~600mm | 360~1200mm | 1200~1700mm

Tele-Converters: TC-1 | TC-2 | TC-200 | TC-201 | TC-300 | TC-301 | TC-14 | TC-14A | TC-14B | TC-14C | TC-14E | TC-16 | TC-16A | TC-20E

Recommended links to understand more technical details related to the Nikkor F-mount and production Serial Number:
http://rick_oleson.tripod.com/index-153.html by: my friend, Rick Oleson
http://www.zi.ku.dk/personal/lhhansen/photo/fmount.htm by: Hansen, Lars Holst

W A R N I N G: The New G-SERIES Nikkor lenses have no aperture ring on the lense, they cannot adjust aperture(s) when operating in manual exposure control even with certain earlier AF Nikon SLR camera models. Similarly, not ALL features provide in a modern AF-S series AF-Nikkor lenses can be utilized fully with a Nikon F4. Please refer to your local distributor for compatibility issue(s).

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