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What are people using to prevent scratching eyeglasses when coming into contact with the viewfinder? By any chance is there a zero diopter with a rubber ring? Or is there some other better solution? I Have searched here but found only some old posts about M eyepieces that appear not to be like those on M8 or M9.

 

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I don't have a problem with the standard finder but finder magnifiers are a big problem. The Leica has a rubber ring which falls off and the thrd party ones tend to be poorly finished. For the HK Supplies one, I glued a ring of neoprene rubber onto it. The other Japanese supplies ones are bad news in this respect.

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When I returned to the Leica M the metal eyepiece ring of my M4-P ruined my progressives in no time. That was expensive learning. I found that the evil original eyepiece could be replaced with a rubber-rimmed M6 one, and the problem vanished.

 

And that is basically the M9 eyepiece too. You must do some vere energetic face-rubbing.

 

The old man from the Age of the M3

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Go to a hardware/plumbing supply and get a black faucet rubber 0 ring in a size that fits. Then dab a bit of rubber cement on one side of the 0 ring and set it in place. After it dries use a tooth pick to scratch off any excess cement that oozes out around the side.

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What are people using to prevent scratching eyeglasses when coming into contact with the viewfinder? By any chance is there a zero diopter with a rubber ring? Or is there some other better solution? I Have searched here but found only some old posts about M eyepieces that appear not to be like those on M8 or M9.

 

Thanks.

All current M cameras, MP, M7, M8, M9 and I think the M6, have a rubber, type, eyepiece on the viewfinder. No need for any add on rubber ring.

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My M8's magnifier's rubber ring came off, was replaced, and came off again. Several times. It seems designed to get lost. The last time it happened while I was traveling, so I bought a roll of black plastic electrical tape, cut several thin strips, and placed them on the flat part of the outer rim. I had already damaged the non-reflective coating on my glasses, but there was no further damage using the tape. When I'm out with the camera now, I wear scratch-resistant, non-coated lenses. And have a the end of a roll of tape in the bottom of my kit.

 

Kelly

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The rubber on the MP, later M7, and the M8 and I imagine the M9 is a seperate piece that can come off. From the M6 to the early M7 the rubber was actually laminated (?) to the eyepiece so it can't come off. I'm not sure why they changed the design. That said I've used the heck out of both my M8 bodies and the eyepiece has never come off. If yours is under warranty I would have Leica fix it. Shouldn't happen.

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The rubber on the MP, later M7, and the M8 and I imagine the M9 is a seperate piece that can come off. From the M6 to the early M7 the rubber was actually laminated (?) to the eyepiece so it can't come off. I'm not sure why they changed the design. That said I've used the heck out of both my M8 bodies and the eyepiece has never come off. If yours is under warranty I would have Leica fix it. Shouldn't happen.

 

Ithink the big reason for not glueing it to the actual eyepiece is so you can take it off to remove the eyepiece. On the newer M's the eyepiece has screws holding it onto the camera. In the older M's it was threaded into the top plate.

 

I actuallly use a older diopter lens that has no rubber around it. But then I don't use glasses when looking through the M viewfinder.

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