Angle Finders

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Macro shots frequently have to be taken from unfavourable positions like close to the ground. Frequently, it is almost impossible to get a good sight of the viewfinder. An angle finder enables more comfortable looking, because its eyepiece forms an angle in relation to the camera's lens and it is possible to look through the viewfinder i. e. from above. All Konica angle finders can be turned freely in respect to the camera's eyepiece and can point downwards or sidewards as well as upwards. Because of this flexibility, focusing and composing can be done without problems in most positions. If you do many macro shots close to the ground or work much with the copy stand, you should get yourself an angle finder, it really is a big help.

Because the image is mirrored inside, the image is reversed in most angle finders, just like in a classic waist-level finder. This is something that needs to get used to. The downAngle-Magnifinder is the only exception, which supplies a non-reversed image.

The angle finders provide a built-in diopter correction, so people with bad eyesight can get a sharp viewfinder image without glasses.

There was a variety of different angle finder models over the years from Konica:

Angle Finder

Angle Finder

Angle Finder

The first angle finder, for cameras with the older internal linkF bayonet. Slide-on connection for the camera's eyepiece. The angle finder has a diopter correction at the eyepiece of the angle finder. Can be turned freely on the eyepiece and gives a reversed image. Eyepiece is made of metal. Already the first Angle Finder provides a bright and clear viewfinder image. This version is quite rare and does not fit the later camera bodies with internal linkAR bayonet – neither those with round nor those with rectangular eyepiece.

Angle Finder 2 AR

Angle Finder 2 AR

Angle Finder 2 AR

Case Angle Finder 2 AR

Case Angle Finder 2 AR

Was offered until about the end of the internal linkAutoreflex T2 production period. Is fitted with a screw thread on the round camera's eyepiece and provides a diopter correction at the eyepiece of the angle finder. Can be turned freely on the eyepiece and gives a reversed image. Eyepiece is made of metal.

For use on newer camera bodies with rectangular eyepiece, the internal linkEyepiece Converter AR is required.

This version is quite rare, but can be bought once in a while for a reasonable price in good condition.

Here you can find a multi-lingual internal linkuser's manual for the Angle Finder 2 AR.

Angle Finder 3 AR

Angle Finder 3 AR

Angle Finder 3 AR

Introduced with the internal linkAutoreflex T3. Is fitted with a screw thread on the round camera's eyepiece. Provides a +/-3 diopter correction at the eyepiece of the angle finder. Looks very much alike the predecessor upAngle Finder 2 AR, but is a bit smaller. Can be turned freely on the eyepiece and gives a reversed image. Different from the older models, eyepiece is made of rubber. The Angle Finder 3 AR has a very bright and clear viewfinder image.

For use on newer camera bodies with rectangular eyepiece, the internal linkEyepiece Converter AR is required.

This version is offered frequently and can be bought for a reasonable price in good condition.

Angle-Magnifinder AR

Angle-MagnifinderAR

Angle-MagnifinderAR

Was introduced contemporary to the internal linkFS-1. Has a slide-on connection for the rectangular eyepiece of the more modern cameras, and a diopter correction at the eyepiece of the angle finder. It cannot be used on the older bodies with round eyepiece. Different from the predecessors, which only mirror the complete viewfinder image, the Angle-Magnifinder AR offers the possibility to magnify the central area of the viewfinder image two-fold, it combines the internal linkmagnifier and angle finder in a single device. It is the only Konica angle finder that gives a non-reversed image, which is bright and clear. All in all, it is a bit bulkier than the earlier models, the diopter adjustment ring at the eyepiece is with rubber inlay instead of the previously used splined metal. It has a built-in rubber eyecup and can be turned freely on the eyepiece. This version is rare and difficult to get.

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