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I like the wide angle. However, it is not easy to handle in a RF., especially when no frameline is available in the OVF.

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I have set up this combo very recently. The M21/3.4 was used to be mounted on the CL, which is equivalent to 32.5mm. It was substituted by a M35/2A.

I have little experience in using the super wide lense. When mounted on the M10D, there is no frameline in the OVF for the SEM 21mm. I do not plan to use an enternal VF, either the optical or the electronic, at this moment. The external OVF cannot focus. The EVF consumes battery. The camera looks ugly when mounted with an EVF. Especially, the external VFs imapct the flexibility of the gears.

Focusing through the OVF is interesting. However, precise framing is of problem. The results are always wider than the OVF frame. I am trying to build up the experience in how much difference is between the OVF framing and the wider results.

What is your suggestion? Your suggestions will be appreciated.

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In keeping with the spirit of the M10-D, which recalls the M film cameras, I would suggest an OVF. That is the way we did it for years with the 21 and any film based M. The EVF Viso 020 is the best solution, but as you noted, it is kind of ugly and eats up the battery. The 21 is really too wide to try and use the viewfinder and guess framing. You might be able to do this with the 24, but the 21 is just too wide.

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If you want precise framing, you will need the Viso. Less precise, but much betterr than eyeballing is an external optical viewfinder. If price is an issue, you can use a Voigtländer plastic 21mm finder like the one in this photo:

Leica MP & Tri-Elmar 16-18-21 & Voigtländer 21mm finder by Celso Kuwajima, on Flickr

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1 hour ago, ckuwajima said:

If you want precise framing, you will need the Viso. Less precise, but much betterr than eyeballing is an external optical viewfinder. If price is an issue, you can use a Voigtländer plastic 21mm finder like the one in this photo:

Leica MP & Tri-Elmar 16-18-21 & Voigtländer 21mm finder by Celso Kuwajima, on Flickr

Thanks for your suggestion. I will have a try.

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17 hours ago, derleicaman said:

In keeping with the spirit of the M10-D, which recalls the M film cameras, I would suggest an OVF. That is the way we did it for years with the 21 and any film based M. The EVF Viso 020 is the best solution, but as you noted, it is kind of ugly and eats up the battery. The 21 is really too wide to try and use the viewfinder and guess framing. You might be able to do this with the 24, but the 21 is just too wide.

Agree, Sir.

With my limited experience of a few attempts, I feel that framing in OVF and expecting the wider results using the 21/3.4 mounted on M10D is very interesting. The feeling is somewhat like a film shooting. We shoot, but we see them come out days later. In between the days, we are waiting and guessing what the final results would be. Might be as Leicas says: digital heart, film soul? ^_^.

Anyway, super wide angle of 21mm and the limited framing of OVF bring challenges for using this combo. Try to get used to it.

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It is not easy to manipulate the SEM 21mm indeed, especially when framing in the OVF. It is far more difficult to control either vertically or horizonally than the DSLR. May I not lose my patience too soon to get used to it. ^_^

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Keep trying the SEM 21mm to frame in OVF  ^_^. I found that the closer it is to the subject, the more difficult to control both vertically and horizonally.

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