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Pimping your Leica X1/X2-Post Yours
Old 07-24-2012   #1
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Pimping your Leica X1/X2-Post Yours

Well, we seem to have a small core of X camera owners. Sug comes to mind as one who has a little pimping going on. Jim is another...let's see whatcha got!

So far, I have only added the 35mm finder, the A&A half case, the Op-Tech finger cuff and the A&A silk strap. Been too busy shooting and researching to do anything else.





Am I happy? Deliriously happy. So much that I know a DSLR is never an option for me anymore, especially after having a couple of gigs lately and could not ask for more!
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Old 07-24-2012   #2
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Old 07-24-2012   #3
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Today, I found one of these lens cap keepers in the desk. I used a longer string and tied it to the left split ring holding the strap on...It is now on the X1:



Also, I think the cap is a 49mm cap which could be replaced with this generic pinch-type cap and a built in lease.



These can be bought on Amazon for $2.39, and replacing the stretchy part with a longer cord and stickier tape, well, the DIY cap keeper is very reliable and handy. Allows one to use his/her camera like HCB holding the lens cap in the left hand (as shown in another RFF thread, complete with a photo of HCB). I did the same with my 50 Cron on the R4 last year and it has worked out extremely well!
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Old 07-25-2012   #4
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leica x1

Not in this picture: my leica x handgrip. Sometimes it's good to have a polarizer filter... very practical travel setup really. And dead silent in the street.


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Nice, Jip..

Hey, has anyone tried an LCD shade for daylight use?

I am looking at something like this to help with more accurate framing of still images in bright sunlight:


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So far, I have only added the 35mm finder, the A&A half case, the Op-Tech finger cuff and the A&A silk strap. Been too busy shooting and researching to do anything else.

Which 35mm finder is that, Dave? I have the Voigtländer 35mm OVF ...


Given my glasses, I might need to go with a 28mm to get the right framing ... this matches about a 40mm FoV for me.
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Which 35mm finder is that, Dave? I have the Voigtländer 35mm OVF ...


Given my glasses, I might need to go with a 28mm to get the right framing ... this matches about a 40mm FoV for me.
Oh, the VF is a plastic 35mm FSU if I remember correctly. Bought it from Paulfish when I got the IIIF...works well on both!
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Here is the other much cheaper alternative...anyone tried these?

http://www.adorama.com/images/large/icdddu28mb.jpg

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Hi Dave
Just got one of those PIXCO finders that are fixed magnetically - haven't tried it yet but it certainly looks promising. The Delkrin Devices flip-up shade I couldn't get on with it at all and for me it was a waste of space. The problem lay in the glass screen which is an integral part of the shade - just too much reflection from its surface.
On my LX1 I'm using a 'Clear Viewer' which I find very useful - expensive for what it is but it collapses and stays on the camera. Because it fits up to the eye it also stabilises the camera just that little bit.

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Thanks for that info John! Just checked all that out.

Today, I fabricated a folding LCD hood and it worked fine except for reflections of...me... on the giottos screen cover.

So, I reckon I will stay with the external VF I have for awhile. Maybe later pick up a nice brightline viewfinder. After trying out some extremely tight framing, I realized that this is not what I do...ever.

I will stick to my old techniques but it was fun trying out something new in the 96*F heat though!
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Kinda why I went with the X2: the clip on OVF along with the LCD works great for me (on other cameras) most of the time but when I want/need precision eye level focusing/viewing, the EVF will do the job best.
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