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  1. I discovered massive dust behind the cover glass of the M10 viewfinder. Can not be removed from outside. No other dust in the camera at all. Never had that problem with any other M. Has anyone experienced this problem too?
  2. Hi all, I'm looking for some first-hand information on universal finders for M240. I'm wearing glasses, unfortunately, so it's difficult for me to see frame's edges in RF viewfinders: eye relief is critically important to me. Alternatives are: - Voigtlander Zoom Finder 15-35 (discontinued but still in stock somewhere, I think) - Leica 21/24/28 (..I've read bad reviews of this...) - Leica 16-28 aka "Frankenfinder" - any other? Could someone kindly tell me something about these finders? Actually I'm using Leica plastic single-focal finders (and old metal ones), and eye relief is (barely) enough for me. Do Zeiss finders have more? Thank you in advance S.
  3. Hi all, As the title says, has anyone used a 35mm lens on an IIIG without a separate viewfinder? Is it possible? I have read in two places vague comments about it being possible using the edges of the cameras VF without needing a dedicated 35mm VF. Both times, there were no responses to those specific comments so... Has anyone tried it?
  4. Hi all, I bought a X1 3 days ago and I am liking it A LOT. The IQ is out of this world. I am using Leica's 36mm Viewfinder as I don't like composing on LCD and hope this will help me to save battery by not using the LCD at all. Yesterday it was my first day using this setup and I was able to get 330 shots (DNG+S.Fine Jpgs), 30% than the reported official battery life. Not bad. However, the only caveat that I had was focusing efficiently and accurately on on the subjects. I used the 1 AF Center point as I thought it would be easier to lock focusing and recomposing through the external viewfinder. When I got back home and check the pictures on my 24" screen, I noticed that several of my subjects where OOF to my surprise. Does any of you guys uses an external finder with your X1? If so, is there any best practice or tip regarding focusing precisely you could share with me? Thanks!
  5. Hi there, maybe interesting for some of you? YouTube - Leica X1 - Olympus View Finder VF-1
  6. Hello, I posted this question in the german forum also, but in german language. I use 50mm lenses nearly exclusively (sometimes 40mm also). But I'm always positively surprised, when I look through my Bessa R3A viewfinder. It has 1.0x magnification, is bright and clear. In any other aspects I really prefer Leica Ms. I always frame and shot with both eyes open, so a 1.0x viewfinder is essential for me. There are several ways to reach this and I hope some of you got some hints for me: - Has anyone a 0.72x Leica with an original 1.4x magnifier? Is the 50mm frame visible without moving the eye? - Has anyone a 0.72x Leica with a third party 1.35x magnifier? Is the 50mm frame visible without moving the eye? - Has anyone a 0.85x Leica with an original 1.25x magnifier? Is the 50mm frame visible without moving the eye? - Has anyone a 0.85x Leica with a third party 1.25x magnifier? Is the 50mm frame visible without moving the eye? I have a 0.85x Leica M6 with a third party 1.15x magnifier. Framing with both eyes open works great, but I'm not satisfied with the optical quality. But my dealer offered me an inspection and replacement. When I got the part back, I report you. Nevertheless I would be very pleased to get some hints and experiences Danke, Gottlieb
  7. Hallo, ich nutze fast ausschließlich 50mm Objekitve (ganz selten 40mm) und bin leider immer mehr als positiv überrascht, wenn ich durch den riesigen hellen und extrem klaren Sucher meiner Voigtländer bessa R3A blicke. Alles andere sagt mir an den Leica Ms jedoch mehr zu. Vorallem aber das leise Auslösegeräusch des Tuchverschlusses. Da ich mit beiden Augen offen den Ausschnitt wähle und dazu einen nahezu 1,0x Sucher benötige meine Fragen: - Hat jemand eine 0.72x Leica mit 1.4x Sucherlupe? Sieht man den 50mm Leuchtrahmen, ohne mit dem Auge nach Links und Rechts zu luken? - Hat jemand eine 0.72x Leica mit 1.35x Sucherlupe? Sieht man den 50mm Leuchtrahmen, ohne mit dem Auge nach Links und Rechts zu luken? - Hat jemand eine 0.85x Leica mit original Leica 1.25x Sucherlupe? Sieht man den 50mm Leuchtrahmen, ohne mit dem Auge nach Links und Rechts zu luken? - Hat jemand eine 0.85x Leica mit nachgebauter 1.25x Sucherlupe? Sieht man den 50mm Leuchtrahmen, ohne mit dem Auge nach Links und Rechts zu luken? Ich selbst habe eine 0.85x Leica mit 1.15x Sucherlupe. Ist super, aber ich bin mit der Qualität der Lupe nicht zufrieden, vielleicht habe ich aber auch ein schlechtes Stück erwischt. Der Händler bietet mit jedenfalls an, es zu prüfen und tauschen. Wenn es wieder da ist berichte ich mehr, Trotzdem wäre ich dankbar, wenn mir ein paar Besitzer dieser Lupen hier ihre Erfahrung schildern könnten. Danke, Gottlieb
  8. I just received my M9 from Ken Hansen (NYC) and I have a question I hope someone can answer. I use a 28mm as my "standard" lens, the Elmarit, and the framelines in the viewfinder are substantially off pretty much at all distances - you get a lot more than you think you've framed. Is this a case of Leica thinking it's better to give you more than less? I like to frame things really tight and it's disappointing to see all the extra stuff in the pictures. Is there any solution to this problem?
  9. Hi to all, I am looking for the optical schema of the Leica IIIF viewfinder. Can anyone point me to a source where I can find this info? Thank you in advance Ed Albesi
  10. IMG_4284.HEIC Hi There, I recently bought my dream camera, a Leica IIIf! The unit came with a VIOHH Universal Viewfinder and noticed that the framing is crooked (see attached image). Has anyone seen this issue before, or know how to troubleshoot? Thanks in advance! Rich
  11. Recently, my lightly used CL has been having viewfinder issues. When I turn it on it opens in the LCD mode as soon as I take a photo, it stays in the eyepiece /viewfinder mode even when I move my eye away. I have adjusted the sensitivity to auto, light, etc. The only way it returns to the screen is by Turing the camera off/on again. This has reduced the enjoyment of the CL for me. Is anyone else seeing this chronic issue and is there a fix short of sending the CL back to the Leica (NJ) "hospital" for weeks.....and repair expense? Hope someone has an answer-my local Leica dealer was without an explanation.
  12. Hey everyone, I just got my m2 off ebay and had a look through the viewfinder only to see 2 main very noticeable spots. I attached a picture and the one on the lower left looks much dimmer and looks like a dot and a hair almost? It's kind of light greyish and I think it's a particle or dust but I'm not quite sure. However, in the middle the speck seems much darker (basically black) and more prominent. Could this be separation or is it another speckle of dust (imo it doesn't seem like one). If this has happened to you or you know what it is, any input on how to fix or your thoughts would would be greatly appreciated! Also the shutter curtain on the front seems a little pushed forward and I can see the whole seam on it, is that normal? The curtain works 100% fine but I'm not sure if Im supposed to see the whole seam and overlap of the two curtains. On the back it stays slightly open by 1mm or so (didn't include a pic sorry)... should it cause a light leak? The camera was also recently CLA'd. Lastly, the viewfinder has some "gold specks" which I think is separation, but I hope i'm wrong. Please help if you can clarify, recommend a fix, or give any thoughts on ^^. Overall the camera seems amazing and none of the things I mentioned has really bothered me, but if I can learn more about them then it would be great. Thanks in advance, Ashley
  13. Hi All, I am considering buying a Zeiss 35mm lens for my M6 with 0.85 viewfinder. I can not really decide between the 2.8 and the 2.0 version. I would like to have the extra stop of light – but not sure if this would block the view- or rangefinder window. The little bit more money isn’t the problem – has anyone an Idea of the blockage with and without lens hood ? Thanks for thoughts and advice Thomas
  14. I have an M240 with the Epson viewfinder which turns the camera into a virtual SLR. And when that happens I can use any lens which can be adapted to this camera. Currently I use a Pentax 50mm f/1.4 which is not RF compatible but with the VF it works just fine. There are many old K mount zooms and macro zooms available to very attractive prices which would also work just fine. So, my question is, has anyone on the board tried this? And how did it work if it has been tried? There is an abundance of new glass out there for Leicas and it is very good and the prices are very attractive. With that electronic viewfinder a lot of old glass is usable, too.
  15. is this a collapsible viewfinder ? does it have a Code name ?
  16. Hello the help of experts is necessary ! I want to buy the Leica X type 113 camera , but original electronic Leica viewfinders are really expensive. Also it is impossible to use analogs from Olympus like for X1 and X2 models. Anyone knows is it possible to use on this camera some kind of old types of optical viewfinders for example the 36 mm from Voigtlander or Leica? Waiting for answers . Alexander
  17. I'm planning to get a 28mm Summicron for my M-A. Of course the camera's viewfinder has frame lines for 28, but the lines are a little difficult to see at times if the hood is being used. I'm thinking of adding a brightline finder for quick shooting. The older 28mm Leica finders are difficult to find in good shape. The Zeiss 25 28 finders are optically great, but can be fragile. So the other option I'm considering is the current Leica 21mm Brightline finder with the brass housing. And then to use the frame lines in the finder meant for use on the M8. Given the 1.33 crop factor, my understanding is that these lines should correspond to a 28mm on a full frame camera. Any experiences or thoughts?
  18. I have the LCD set for maximum brightness (+3) from the Setup menu. I also have the LCD mode set for the "box with a star" (as opposed to box with star and "off" or box with a star and an "A"), under which "The monitor becomes easier to see (brighter, e.g. for outdoors) per the manual. Outside in bright sunlight I have trouble seeing the image in the LCD. However, when I depress the shutter half way, it brightens considerably so I can see the image, just before the focus sets and then it dims again. Is there any way to keep the brightest LCD image all the time? BGreig
  19. Hello all I have switched to shooting wedding almost exclusively with film. I say almost, because there are times when I do use my D200. These are generally for the family shots at the ceremony and also times when I want a bit of fill flash. I am usually in the vicinity of about 28mm up to 50mm in my focal lengths on the D200 (equiv). I have not had the opportunity to handle the D-Lux 4, and viewing images on a screen is one thing, but the quality of prints is really my main concern. I find it a burden to carry a second camera system with lenses and a huge slr body, in addition to my 3x m's all with attached lenses. I am toying with the idea of switching out the d200 and going for the d-lux 4 with a viewfinder on top to compliment the m's. How will the image stack up against my D200? Has anyone had experience with the a similar type of dslr to compare to the d-lux? I am not looking to improve on iq, i find the d200 does a great job for what I want. Thanks in advance for any help. Tom
  20. Dear dlux 4 enthousiasts, I understand the d-lux 4 brilliant viewfinder has a 24mm view. What to do when you zoom to let's say 50 mm? And what to do if you switch to 16:9 ? regards,
  21. Dear dlux 4 enthousiasts, I prefer taking my pictures with aperture priority (control the depth of field). But I understand you have to set the aperture on the screen of the camera using the buttons. If you use the viewfinder with the screen turned off, can you only shoot in auto mode? Is there a way to set the aperture then? regards,
  22. Hi, I'm new in this forum. I inserted a simple optical viewfinder in the hotshoe. Now I can not release it, get it out. Brute force is no use, I think. Is there any way to release the two pinn? Please help. /luigi
  23. Curious to know if Panasonic has improved the quality of the view finder over the Leica SL. More specifically, what bothers me about the SL finder is: 1. When under exposing the image by more than a stop the blacks become very milky and you can't see much detail in the shadows (Often required to prevent highlight clipping) 2. It’s not very bright causing difficulties in bright conditions 3. Difficult to judge focus unless magnifying the image (I have 20/20 vision)
  24. Hello, I recently acquired two Leica M cameras from an auction. One is a M3, the other is a M2. They both are cosmetically in pretty nice condition, but the viewfinder on each seems to have an issue. The M3 seems like it may have some separation going on and the focusing patch seems pretty dim. The frame lines for the 90mm seems permanently visible as well. The M2 has what looks like dark spot inside the viewfinder—I'm not sure that this could be. When you looks through the viewfinder it still seems bright and the patch is clearly visible. I'm wondering if anyone can help identify the issue and also let me know if you think it can be fixed. Other than the viewfinders, the cameras seems in really great shape. Hopefully a CLA can clear things up, or a recement. Thanks! Ross
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