These finders are different from the later right angle finders -- they usually 
were designed for Leica rangefinder cameras and were fixed in orientation, so 
you looked into the side of the camera.  They didn't use the camera's finder.  
There was also a waist level finder called the DeMornay-Budd that was a bit 
like a TLR finder you looked down into.

Personally, I prefer cameras that do not hide the fact you are shooting.

On Jan 27, 2013, at 3:16 PM, Joel Wanek wrote:

> interesting, Jeff. perhaps the marketing
> of it was different than the intention for
> inventing it. from what i've always understood,
> they were designed to photograph at strange
> angles or when the camera was lower/higher
> than comfortable for the eye. in an interview
> i read once, levitt referred to it as a 'winkelsucher'
> which translates (i think) to angle seeker/finder.
> what's interesting now, as digital photography
> and cinema tools have become one, is how 
> one can be shooting video with a camera that
> looks like it is strictly for stills. so, one
> can attain candid footage in a different
> (easier, perhaps?) way than with motion picture film
> cameras.
> Joel

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