Can anyone provide information or user comment on accessory slip-on viewfinders suitable for an old Leica 111?
I'm told the early (1930's) Leitz variety, which still sell for a goodly amount, simply crop the view and because they used only one prism, the view is laterally reversed. The Soviet variety cost less and are laterally correct, but suffer from dirt and haze and can be rather difficult to keep on the shoe.
I have come across a Foinix type that was a postwar German piece, but unfortunitly, I can find very little info on this as to how it might perform?
If you want an original classic multifocal, VIOOH , though bulky, is the way to go.... adding the TUVOO for having the field of 28mm makes it even bulkier... but an elegant and funny setup (VIDOM, its predecessor had the laterally reversed image). Original single focal finders are usually very good,, expecially the SBLOO for 35 and the "modern" 21 & 28 (though, I still use a lot an old 28mm folding SUOOQ as 21mm finder for my M8... is very compact) : for teles, when I used my IIIf I liked a lot the folding finders (SEROO / SYEOO... compact, better usable than the brightline SGVOO / SHOOC when one has spectacles)
If you don't care about original Leitz finders, don't forget that Cosina Voigtalnder has many good finders not too costly... including an interesting multifocal 15 to 35.
Lot of years ago I bought a Soviet "revolver" 28 to 135 (Zeiss copy)... it was, frankly, very bad in use.
Edited by luigi bertolotti, 15 January 2013 - 23:11.