waist-level

Definition: Design of viewfinder in which the photographer looks downwards into the camera, which is held on the chest (usually somewhat above waist level), pointing forwards. * Derived from early Box Brownie cameras which were indeed held at waist-level, and applied to classic designs such as Rolleiflex and Hasselblad. * Also applied to viewing option in certain SLR cameras which could remove their pentaprism e.g. Nikon F2, Canon F-1, etc.

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