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View Poll Results: Do you use accessory finders with your RF?
Yes, always 32 8.29%
Yes, always with a Barnack - otherwise sometimes 39 10.10%
Sometimes, depends on the lens 245 63.47%
Rarely 26 6.74%
No, never 44 11.40%
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Old 02-27-2013   #81
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I use a Tewe Polyfocus. It covers a range from 35 to 200mm and has parallax correction. However that are usually not cheep. I use it on various cameras but it mostly lives on my Leicia III with 35mm Summaron. I recently found a Japanese copy at a camera show that was in perfect condition for $40. I should have bought it.
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Old 03-07-2013   #82
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I purchased a Leica 28mm finder so I could use my 28mm Elmarit lens on my M4 and M4-2. My M4-P, with 28mm frame lines, is dedicated to any ASA 400 B&W film.
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Old 04-09-2013   #83
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Yes, 21 mm for the Super-Angulon,
35mm for the Summarons and Summicrons
And an hour ago the 28/35mm voigtlander minifinder arrived, that I bought from Johan. Cute little finder!
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Old 04-09-2013   #84
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http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8510/8...40dc715aac.jpg


That picture and my signature says it all.
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Old 04-09-2013   #85
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http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8510/8...40dc715aac.jpg


That picture and my signature says it all.
As I said: cute little finder!
Johan, your other minifinder arrived safely and it's love at first sight.
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Old 04-09-2013   #86
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As I said: cute little finder!
Johan, your other minifinder arrived safely and it's love at first sight.
Huub,

I was pretty sure you'd love it, it suits any Barnack so nicely!

Happy shooting with it!
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Old 05-15-2013   #87
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I, too, like the Voigtlander Kontur (50mm equiv) finder for it's ability to view life-size with both eyes open. It doesn't get any better short of the return of my stolen M-3.
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Old 05-15-2013   #88
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I'm expecting arrival of Kontur finder any day now. Currently enjoying a Retina IIa with this setup: (see "Simple 50mm finder solution" in the Retina forum).
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Old 05-17-2013   #89
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Up until this point not really but since getting the DP2M I may have to consider one. Having LCD composition as the only option is starting to irk me.
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Old 05-23-2013   #90
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I always use a clip on finder on my gf1 and I keep the 21mm finder on my m9 all the time but only use the 21 about a fifth of the time
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Old 08-04-2017   #91
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I do not know why this thread was resurrected but I am glad it was because I never commented.

I use an accessory finder when I am shooting my 21mm Zeiss lens on my Contax G1.

I use the same accessory finder when I am shooting my 21mm lens Leitz lens on my Leica M6.

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Old 08-04-2017   #92
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I do not know why this thread was resurrected but I am glad it was because I never commented.

I use an accessory finder when I am shooting my 21mm Zeiss lens on my Contax G1.

I use the same accessory finder when I am shooting my 21mm lens Leitz lens on my Leica M6.

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3752/...265c1467_c.jpg
Accessory Finder by Narsuitus, on Flickr

The last post before yours was in 2013. So if you want to ask why this is revived maybe ask yourself

But, I'll bite.

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Old 08-04-2017   #93
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Back in '10 I voted No, never, but now I have a 15mm lens, so I keep the finder in my bag. I's use it for critical framing, but it's not that accurate. I've used it a few time, but usually, I just guess.
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Old 08-04-2017   #94
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The last post before yours was in 2013. So if you want to ask why this is revived maybe ask yourself
I found this thread listed in the Active Thread list but when I checked, the last post was in 2013. That is why I wondered how it was resurrected before I made my post.
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Old 08-04-2017   #95
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a new vote will resurrect the thread so it shows up on the active threads
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Old 08-04-2017   #96
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I have no prejudice against using accessory finders.

Because I have used an LTM camera with separate rangefinder window and viewfinder window I do not find it a chore to use an accessory finder for composing the image rather than the separate viewfinder on the camera - its neither here nor there as they say.

In fact I am kind of fond of accessory finders and have a small collection of them - my favorites being a good quality turret finders which enlarge the image when a long lens is used - unlike the Leica one which does not. The only annoying thing about accessory finders is that because they come from an earlier time the "foot" of an early finders can in some cases be slightly non standard - I presume the standardization of the accessory shoe came later. As a result some are slightly too tight for what is now the standard sized shoe on cameras. I have a couple of finders like this.
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Old 08-04-2017   #97
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The non-standard shoe size also works the other way. I have a IIIa that requires a slip of paper under most finders so they won't fall off.
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Old 08-05-2017   #98
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I'm not a fan of accessory finders, but of course they are needed in certain cases. The accessory VF I'm happiest with is the Leica one for my 21 - it's the plastic version with a foot lock.
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Old 08-05-2017   #99
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I'm in the process of building this Sinar Norma Handy 4x5" camera. Right now I am using a Yashica SLR 21mm Viewfinder. This one is comparable to the Leitz 21mm Super Angulon Finder in every way.

Also shown is a 65mm 4x5 finder I just received from China. But it is PAINFUL to look through. Gave me eyestrain!

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4297/...700e7a2c_b.jpgYashica SLR Viewfinder on Sinar Handy by Nokton48, on Flickr

https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4371/...41236f6c_c.jpgMamiya 7 43mm finder by Nokton48, on Flickr
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Old 08-05-2017   #100
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Usually with a Barnak, and always with the 75mm on the M5. I like the 75mm length a lot.
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Old 08-05-2017   #101
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The most useful for me is the Leitz SBOOI. It offers a life-size super clear image and a brilliant frame for 50mm lenses. Can be used on any 24x36mm camera.

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Old 08-05-2017   #102
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I'm using a 28mm VF for when I mount my 28mm lens either of my Leica cameras (M6 or CL). However, I find it a bit difficult to time it right and get things in focus and frame things when everything is moving so fast and I have to shoot at F2 or F1.4...

But I try and practice to get used to it.
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Old 08-05-2017   #103
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Also:

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Using the CV 15-35mm Zoomfinder which can be used with film rangefinders and with my Epsons -1.5 crop factor. It can also be used with digital rangefinders with a 1.3 crop factor.
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Old 02-15-2019   #105
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I have a Russian turret finder I used with my M3 before I got the goggled Summarons. It took me a roll of film to realise it was pointing up slightly so the roofs of buildings got cropped and too much foreground came in.

However, it was a model of accuracy compared to my 45mm Bronica RF645 finder - it is hilariously misaligned. I've learned to leave a lot more empty space around the subject.

Apart from that, I do use the Voigtlander Heliar 15mm superwide finder which is pretty accurate.
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With my Canon 25 LSM on a Barnack or M6; or my Nikon 135 on an S2.
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I know that my Super-Angulon will capture everything in front of me.
Probably, the result using or not using the external viewfinder would be the same, but I feel more comfortable with it..
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I use 35mm and 90mm finders with my IIIc. And occasionally the 35mm with my M4 and M6 if I'm shooting hyperfocal on the street -- it's easier to see the full frame with the external finder as I wear eyeglasses. I've used a 28mm finder on my Sony A7ii as well under similar circumstances.
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Old 03-28-2019   #109
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I actually love accessory finders so much and was so intrigued by them that at one stage I actually started a small collection of about a dozen of them. That was back when I was using Leica LTM and M film cameras regularly and I enjoyed both the idea of how they look on old rangefinder cameras and to a point how they functioned - to the extent that they provided a finder option for non standard lenses.

My particular favorites were the many variants of turret finders (which is a concept also often seen on older cine cameras) though I must admit that the best ones to use in practice were the brightline finders due to their wonderful clarity.

A few I still have which I no longer have much opportunity to use but enjoy fondling are depicted below. Sorry about the links - apparently I cannot directly post images to a poll thread at RFF and I am also sorry the images are on Photobucket which a decade ago went from being an acceptable place to host images to being an abysmally bad site that is seemingly designed to do everything in its power to drive users and traffic away. (rant mode off)


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