Nikon DE-1 Eye-Level Prism Finder for F2, Black


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Unboxed. Plastic prism guard included.

Ultra-light in weight and exceptionally compact, the Nikon eyelevel finder DE-1 provides the photographer with a precision viewing aid that allows the operation of the camera at the convenient eye-level shooting position most desired for today’s action photography.

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Ultra-light in weight and exceptionally compact, the Nikon Eyelevel Finder DE-1 provides the photographer with a precision viewing aid that allows the operation of the camera at the convenient eyelevel shooting position most desired for today’s action photography. The DE-1 employs a precision optical glass pentaprism with three silvered surfaces for increased reflectivity and brighter finder image.

The design of the pentaprism provides for laterally reversing the image while maintaining it erect– thus, the subject is viewed through the finder (even when the camera is positioned vertically) in the same manner as it appears when viewed directly with the unaided eye. The large eyepiece at the rear of the finder enables viewing of the total frame area, even for those persons wearing spectacles. Additionally, the finder is designed to provide an image magnification of 0.8: 1 at a dioptre of -1, the latter for providing visualization as though viewing at a distance of one metre (normal eyesight accommodation). Other features include a threaded eyepiece mount for accepting various accessories (e.g., eyepiece correction lenses, rubber eyecup, etc.), full-frame viewing for the most accurate subject composition, a choice of either satin-chrome or black enamel finish, and a built-in ready-light (with external electrical contact) for use with Nikon speedlight units of the period. This finder is often selected for use in applications where reduced weight is desired, or when metering is not required, such as indoor flash applications.

Usable cameras: any Nikon F2 camera body; no modifications or adjustments required for mounting.
Finder coverage: virtually 100% of image recorded on film Dimensions 39.5mm (H) x 53mm (W) x 56mm (D)
Weight: 100g
Accessories included (plastic prism guard)

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Second-hand grade


Second-hand Grading Description

  • NEWAn item that has not been removed from the box or protective wrapping.
  • UNUSEDAn item that may have been removed from the original packaging, but has never been used.
  • MINT100% as new
  • MINT-98%-99% as new
  • EXC++95%-97% as new
  • EXC+90%-94% as new
  • EXCOriginal finish may have slight scratches or rubbed. No dents or deep scratches.
  • VGMay be slightly scratched, scuffed or worn, but in good mechanical order with clean optics
  • VG-An item that falls below our regular level of gradings. Items in VG- condition will have excessive signs of use.

Please note that the following important points when you see our grading description. When applied to lenses it means that the optics are in perfect condition. What we are describing is the cosmetic condition of the lens barrel. When it applies to cameras, motor drives, speedlights etc. the understanding is that the item is in perfect working order and the description would mean the exterior appearance. In other words we are judging cosmetic appearance.

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All second hand equipment comes with a 14-day Sale or Return period and a 6-month warranty. If for any reason you are unsatisfied with a second hand item you have received from us you may return it for a full refund within 14 days of purchase, the only stipulation being that the item is in the same condition as it was purchased.

If an item is found faulty at the time of purchase your shipping costs to return the item to us will also be refunded.

Where the item has been used within the 28-day returns period, we may make a deduction from any refund if the value of the goods has been reduced

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Special Grays of Westminster extended warranties on both new and second-hand Nikon equipment are included on certain Nikon Owner magazine subscriptions which can be purchased via our online shop.

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