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I bought myself an external 5 cm viewfinder. When I shoot normal I can see the lines perfectly, but when I shoot vertical the left line more or less disappears. It is really annoying. Any advice?
The second question is concerning the parallax line. At what distance do you use it?
Thanks, and sorry for bothering with so many questions
The SBOOI, a.k.a. the 5cm bright-line finder is great. I wear glasses, so - the top and bottom lines barely fit within my field of vision when the camera is held in the portrait mode.
For close ups, I start using the parallax lines at about 2 meters / 6 feet for insurance purposes.
When I shoot normal I can see the lines perfectly, but when I shoot vertical the left line more or less disappears. It is really annoying. Any advice?Hi Fabian -- I'll venture a guess that it's your eye position and the angle you're looking through the finder, as you change from horizontal to vertical orientation. Try moving your eye around a bit and see if you find a better position. Sometimes a bright area of the scene will make the frameline hard to see also.
Thanks for your help so far.
Do you use the finder with both eyes open, because I tried and for me it is not working. Maybe it needs practise.
The finder is really great.
I've never gotten used to using the 50mm finder with both eyes open, but some do it. Remember that it's really not all that accurate, but the point is to visualize composition and "live action" more than exact image. Contrast that baby with the dark tunnel of a DSLR!
I'm able to use this finder with both eyes open. It's very strange going back to a small viewfinder once you get used to it.
Put a fast prime on that DSLR. It will brighten things up a bit.
Fabian, as Doug says, there should be no trouble if your eye is centred.
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The Leica 50 finder is the most accurate of any bright line finder. It is more accurate than frame lines in any M series camera.
Keep in mind, field size changes as you focus closer and the lines are set for the close focus distance. There needs to be extra on the neg at far distances. If you can`t live with this, a reflex camera is for you. The Imerect finder actually has two settings, one close one far. This would be the most accurate finder, but the image is small, dull, paralax correction needs to be done by hand, and it is not a bright line.
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