Olympus PEN E-P3 Retro OVF (or a slow Sunday afternoon...)

Discussion in 'Micro Four Thirds Forum' started by wolfie, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. wolfie

    wolfie SC Veteran

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    Found an old Yashica OVF for a film rangefinder - the black and chrome exactly harmonizes with the black E-P3 livery ...
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    The marked views are not especially useful - approx 20 & 40 (M43 format) which doesnot help with the 14-42 zoom, but sure looks cool anyway!:tongue:

    Sorry one more
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  2. mach330

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    That's absolutely stunning !
     
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  3. bilzmale

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  4. ajramirez

    ajramirez SC All-Pro S.C. Charter Member Subscribing Member

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    This brings back memories. I actually had the set with this viewfinder and the auxiliary wide angle and telephoto lenses for a Yashica MG-1 when I was 11 years old. The funny thing is that, if memory serves me right, the wide angle lens brought the focal length from the 45mm normal to about 37mm, while the telephoto increased it to 65mm. Not terribly useful, as I recall.

    Cheers,

    Antonio
     
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  5. BBW

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    wolfie, I've been having a slow, rainy Sunday and had almost missed this thread. Your last one is a classic - love that very cool viewfinder eye!
     
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  6. wolfie

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    You are right on the money AJ - I've got the wide and tele lens set in the leather case - don't know who gave them to me years ago. Pity the aux lenses are so big and heavey!
     
  7. Duane Pandorf

    Duane Pandorf SC Top Veteran

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    Definitely way more retro looking that the one I have on my GRD III!
     
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  8. Streetshooter

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    Wolfie, it should be an easy thing to find the FOV on the finder and match it to the lens... Then just don't use the zoom...
    Nice looking camera...
     
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  9. wt21

    wt21 SC Hall of Famer

    Aug 15, 2010
    Wonderful OVF! Stunning was the word I was going to use, though mach330 beat me to it!
     
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  10. wolfie

    wolfie SC Veteran

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    Could always do the masking tape around the zoom collar to make a temporary prime approach :)
     
  11. Streetshooter

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    That's one way that will work. If you take your time ad adjust the lens to the finder at different distances, it would be very accurate. More accurate that a dedicated prime lens/finder kit.
     
  12. madmaxmedia

    madmaxmedia SC Veteran

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    BTW this viewfinder is not a bad match for the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7. It's not exact, offers no parallax correction, and doesn't have 4:3 aspect ratio. But it's fun to use- it's bright and clear, and the viewfinder image is life-sized. So you can use this finder with both eyes open (which I like.)

    The wide and tele adapters it comes with may perform decently on Micro 4/3 as well. If you get the finder you may as well play with the adapters it comes with. ;)
     
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  13. madmaxmedia

    madmaxmedia SC Veteran

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    Bumping an old thread, I just discovered that the tele frameline is actually a very good match for the Oly 45mm f/1.8! (I think it's a closer match than the 20mm is to the wide framelines.)
     
  14. Stan

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    Very cool! You get a Retro Award!