Alternative viewfinder for RX1 and focusing method

Discussion in 'Sony RX1 Forum' started by Patrick Smith, Jul 27, 2013.

  1. Patrick Smith

    Patrick Smith New to SC

    Jul 3, 2013
    After giving it a bit of thought (did not want to buy the overpriced Zeiss, and not convinced by the EVF), and searching the web, I finally settled for the Samsung EA-OVF1 optical viewfinder, which I found on ebay for 79€.

    It's meant for four-thirds cameras, so it is a bit too generous on the top and bottom sides, but I got the hang of it the second day. As for shooting (I use it for street photography), this is my method: I focus/reframe, or lock focus, (in center-focus mode), whilst looking the viewfinder, and imagining where the center focus point is. My working distance is 1.5 to 5 metres, at f:8, I haven't missed a shot because of bad focusing.

    My two cents…

  2. Prototype

    Prototype SC Veteran

    Jul 9, 2010
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    How is it on the left and right side? I imagine a 24mm VF would also be generous on the sides for a 35mm lens, but perhaps the RX1 sensor's 3:2 ratio fits a 4:3 24mm OVF's lines. Thanks for sharing the technique.
  3. Patrick Smith

    Patrick Smith New to SC

    Jul 3, 2013
    A 24mm for micro four-thirds is equivalent to a 35 mm field of view. The RX1 format is more elongated than the Samsung, hence the -slight- difference on top and bottom sides.
  4. rpavich

    rpavich SC Veteran

    Jul 17, 2013
    If they ever come up with a real rangefinder sort of, with a frame (with extra space around it) and a floating AF square or a split-block screen....I'd be all over that.
  5. R Melanson

    R Melanson SC Rookie

    Aug 12, 2013
    Toronto, Canada
    Agreed! That said though, for people with pockets much deeper than mine, the new Leica M does provide exactly that. Until I win the lottery (or Leica drops the price) my RX1 is more than good enough.

    Correction: If Steve Huff is to be believed (and I do), with a comparable lens the RX1 actually has better IQ, better colour and smoother bokeh vs the Leica M. Aside from the viewfinder issue, that's kind of amazing considering the price difference. Makes me feel like I got a bargain at only 3K.
  6. rpavich

    rpavich SC Veteran

    Jul 17, 2013
    Well...from what I see...that's true. I've looked at TONS of samples and things, pored over reviews of the new M, and came to the same conclusion.