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    Updated VarioFinder for Arca Swiss R Series

    Arca Swiss is now shipping the modified version of the VarioFinder for RM2D, RM3Di, and RL3D cameras. The modification includes brass latches that slide and a new mask that clips on. It's much smoother and a completely better solution for those who are using the VarioFinder.

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    Re: Updated VarioFinder for Arca Swiss R Series

    Very clever redesign. Can we have our original models upgraded, and at what cost?
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    Re: Updated VarioFinder for Arca Swiss R Series

    Quote Originally Posted by Jack View Post
    Very clever redesign. Can we have our original models upgraded, and at what cost?

    I've asked about that. Discussions are ongoing. There may be several different approaches Arca takes toward this, but probably won't have a conclusion on that question for at least a couple more days in terms of costs and options.


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    Re: Updated VarioFinder for Arca Swiss R Series

    Steve,

    How securely do these clip on? If I am shooting from a high vantage point and need to point the camera facing downwards to the ground, can it fall off?

    David

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    Re: Updated VarioFinder for Arca Swiss R Series

    Quote Originally Posted by David Klepacki View Post
    Steve,

    How securely do these clip on? If I am shooting from a high vantage point and need to point the camera facing downwards to the ground, can it fall off?

    David

    Hmmm. Well, they are on clips, but it slides into the clips. I suppose if you accidentally brushed it and it was pointed straight down, it could possibly slide out of the clips. It's possible the magnetic version could also be brushed off, but probably would need a more forceful push for departure.

    I'll have a play at that tomorrow to get a feel for it.


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    Re: Updated VarioFinder for Arca Swiss R Series

    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Hendrix View Post
    Hmmm. Well, they are on clips, but it slides into the clips. I suppose if you accidentally brushed it and it was pointed straight down, it could possibly slide out of the clips. It's possible the magnetic version could also be brushed off, but probably would need a more forceful push for departure.

    I'll have a play at that tomorrow to get a feel for it.


    Steve Hendrix

    Update - Actually, there is still a magnetic element in play with the new masks/finder, so there's no more risk of it falling off pointed down than there would be with the previous version.


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    Re: Updated VarioFinder for Arca Swiss R Series

    Sounds good. Like Jack, I am interested in getting mine exchanged or updated. Thanks.

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    Re: Updated VarioFinder for Arca Swiss R Series

    Steve,
    I am interested in an update as well.
    thanks
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    Re: Updated VarioFinder for Arca Swiss R Series

    The VarioFinder looks like a beautifully manufactured viewfinder and has a price fitting of its quality of construction. However, out of interest (considering this is an expensive bit of kit) who feels like if buying a tech camera again from scratch, is the VarioFinder an expensive luxury or essential accessory?

    Don't you just point a tech camera and adjust from the preview on the back or am I underestimating the usefulness of an optical finder?

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