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Can you use a Canon Angle Finder C handheld?
« on: March 04, 2014, 04:23:19 AM »
I would like to shoot low without having to get on my stomach and the Canon Angle Finder C looks like the perfect solution but I don't want to use a tripod. Has anyone had any experience using one handheld? Thank you. :)

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Can you use a Canon Angle Finder C handheld?
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Re: Can you use a Canon Angle Finder C handheld?
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2014, 07:23:07 AM »
Yes, I use my Angle Finder C handheld.
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Re: Can you use a Canon Angle Finder C handheld?
« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2014, 01:39:10 AM »
Yes, I use my Angle Finder C handheld.

Great, I see that you use a 1DX, do you release the shutter with the vertical grip shutter button or shoot with the Angle Finder C normally?

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Re: Can you use a Canon Angle Finder C handheld?
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2014, 08:41:35 AM »
Great, I see that you use a 1DX, do you release the shutter with the vertical grip shutter button or shoot with the Angle Finder C normally?

Either, depending on my position, how I'm holding the camera at the time, and the orientation in which I am using it.  The angle finder can rotate around it's attachment, so you can use it with the camera in portrait orientation, too.
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Re: Can you use a Canon Angle Finder C handheld?
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2014, 10:07:06 AM »
Hmmm, I've got an old "Angle Finder B" lying around here, from my analog SLR times (EOS 100, back in the 1990s).
Has someone here experience in adapting an Angle Finder B to the new Canon DSLRs, e.g. 5D Mark III?

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Re: Can you use a Canon Angle Finder C handheld?
« Reply #5 on: March 06, 2014, 10:53:10 AM »
Hmmm, I've got an old "Angle Finder B" lying around here, from my analog SLR times (EOS 100, back in the 1990s).
Has someone here experience in adapting an Angle Finder B to the new Canon DSLRs, e.g. 5D Mark III?

Assuming you still have the Adapter S (for square), I think that works with many dSLRs, but I'm not sure about the 5DIII.
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Re: Can you use a Canon Angle Finder C handheld?
« Reply #6 on: March 06, 2014, 11:03:51 AM »
Hmmm, I've got an old "Angle Finder B" lying around here, from my analog SLR times (EOS 100, back in the 1990s).
Has someone here experience in adapting an Angle Finder B to the new Canon DSLRs, e.g. 5D Mark III?

Assuming you still have the Adapter S (for square), I think that works with many dSLRs, but I'm not sure about the 5DIII.

Thanks, Neuro.
Yes, I do have a square mount on the Angle Finder B. But sadly enough it doesn't fit to the 5D3...

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Re: Can you use a Canon Angle Finder C handheld?
« Reply #7 on: March 06, 2014, 11:16:57 AM »
Yes, I do have a square mount on the Angle Finder B. But sadly enough it doesn't fit to the 5D3...

Bummer.  :(  The Angle Finder C comes with two adapters, and I need to use the larger one for my 1D X. 
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Re: Can you use a Canon Angle Finder C handheld?
« Reply #8 on: March 08, 2014, 04:09:32 PM »
Great, I see that you use a 1DX, do you release the shutter with the vertical grip shutter button or shoot with the Angle Finder C normally?

Either, depending on my position, how I'm holding the camera at the time, and the orientation in which I am using it.  The angle finder can rotate around it's attachment, so you can use it with the camera in portrait orientation, too.

Could you please post a photo you took using the Angle Finder C handheld? Thank you. :)

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Re: Can you use a Canon Angle Finder C handheld?
« Reply #9 on: March 08, 2014, 05:42:15 PM »
Could you please post a photo you took using the Angle Finder C handheld? Thank you. :)
Here's one...


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Re: Can you use a Canon Angle Finder C handheld?
« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2014, 01:50:12 AM »
Could you please post a photo you took using the Angle Finder C handheld? Thank you. :)
Here's one...


EOS 5D Mark II, MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro @ 3.5x, 1/60 s, f/14, ISO 400, MT-24EX

So it's hard to get sharp images using the angle finder handheld?

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Re: Can you use a Canon Angle Finder C handheld?
« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2014, 04:17:53 AM »
So it's hard to get sharp images using the angle finder handheld?

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No, it's hard to get much DoF at high mag, without focus stacking.  Only a very thin region is in crisp focus.
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Re: Can you use a Canon Angle Finder C handheld?
« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2014, 06:44:08 AM »
Yes, I use my Angle Finder C handheld.

How much practice does it take to get used to it? I though of buying one (China ripoff, of course :-)) vs. lying in the mud with my non-swivel screen 6d, but am not confident it'll feel as natural as looking straight through the vf and I won't use it much in practice.

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Re: Can you use a Canon Angle Finder C handheld?
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Re: Can you use a Canon Angle Finder C handheld?
« Reply #13 on: March 12, 2014, 08:02:52 AM »
Yes, I use my Angle Finder C handheld.
How much practice does it take to get used to it? I though of buying one (China ripoff, of course :-)) vs. lying in the mud with my non-swivel screen 6d, but am not confident it'll feel as natural as looking straight through the vf and I won't use it much in practice.

Not hard.  Takes me back to using my first camera, an Argus TLR (albeit with less eye relief).  :)

Just be sure the version you get presents a normal image – some of them, including the 'A' version from Canon, reverse and/or invert the image, which would make handheld use a real PITA.
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Re: Can you use a Canon Angle Finder C handheld?
« Reply #14 on: March 12, 2014, 08:15:05 AM »
Could you please post a photo you took using the Angle Finder C handheld? Thank you. :)
Here's one...


EOS 5D Mark II, MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro @ 3.5x, 1/60 s, f/14, ISO 400, MT-24EX

That's a great piece of macro focusing; you've nailed a tiny depth of field focus bang on the grasshopper / cricket / locust - not sure what it is !

Just out of curiosity, how did you achieve focus on this ?

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Re: Can you use a Canon Angle Finder C handheld?
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