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X1 viewfinder find...

Discussion in 'Leica X1/X2 Forum' started by BruPri, Mar 15, 2014.

  1. BruPri

    BruPri SC Top Veteran

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    May 11, 2011
    Seattle, Washington USA
    Bruce J. Pritchard
    Used to have the Leica 36mm finder for my previous X1/X2. Happened upon this Zeiss Ikon 432/5 for just around $65.00, It was between this or an old Leica torpedo style finder. I chose this though, more compact and lighter, seems to do the job.
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    Let's see what finders you have found for your camera
     
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  2. serhan

    serhan SC All-Pro

    May 7, 2011
    NYC
    Good find. I use Olympus 34mm optical viewfinder which was released w/ 17mm 2.8. I found it at Keh used at a similar price. I use it w/ RX1 which has 32mm-35mm range. However, the vf is gray, so I covered w/ black electric tape.
     
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  3. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    I'd love to find a little one for my GRD3 but I never seem to look in the right places at the right time. (oh wait. I dont like detachable VFs. I keep forgetting. darnit)
     
  4. Fiddler

    Fiddler SC Veteran

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    Dec 5, 2010
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Colin
    Looks very nice. I have the Sigma VF for my DP2M, and I'm looking for a finder for my DP1M.
     
  5. BruPri

    BruPri SC Top Veteran

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    May 11, 2011
    Seattle, Washington USA
    Bruce J. Pritchard
    I had forgotten how quickly the X1 batteries tap out. I've set the display for external viewfinder and now it only comes on when I want to review and for a moment after powering up and before I press the shutter.
     
  6. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    Mark
    Nice finder….and a good match for the silver/gun metal grey X1!

    Hmmm….that's quite an idea maybe if I buy the finder first, then the X1 will come.
    I soooo want one, an ex one that is.
     
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  7. BruPri

    BruPri SC Top Veteran

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    May 11, 2011
    Seattle, Washington USA
    Bruce J. Pritchard
    Yeah, Mark... originally having an X1, then an M9 briefly before traveling with an X2, the X1 is truly a special piece. Color rendering more to my tastes and the styling is sleeker. I couldn't resist!
     
  8. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    Mark
    Yeah Bruce the X2 has polish but the X1 seems to have more class.

    I think a Leica X would be an excellent complement to my Leica Barnack (IIIf). Form factor and controls look very similar - it possesses many of the qualities that puts the Barnack above an M for me….including the use of an OVF (both my 28 and 50mms have OVFs).

    I hope to find one one day soon.
     
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  9. nippa

    nippa SC Top Veteran

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    Aug 7, 2010
    Cheshire UK
    Dennis
    I have the original Leica X1 viewfinder which actually surprised me as it doesn't seem as clear as the one I used on the DLux4.
    Bought from the Main Leica Dealer in West Palm Beach , I was also surprised to see made in Japan on the box.

    If you're on the lookout for an X1 viewfinder , the 24mm DLux 4 viewfinder has an internal frame at 35mm and is useful.
    The Panasonic version for the LX3 can be had for less money but I'm not sure if it has the internal frame.

    How do you like the auto lens cap? I've found it very useful.
     
  10. BruPri

    BruPri SC Top Veteran

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    May 11, 2011
    Seattle, Washington USA
    Bruce J. Pritchard
    I've outfitted all three of my X series with the auto lens cap. Brilliant design.
     
  11. BruPri

    BruPri SC Top Veteran

    699
    May 11, 2011
    Seattle, Washington USA
    Bruce J. Pritchard
    Well, the Zeiss Ikon finder didn't stay very long. I found that because I wear glasses, I could not view edge to edge through the viewfinder, had to continually dodge back and forth to see the left and right boundaries. Anyway, I traded it for a fairly clean VIOOH finder, I just leave it set to 3.5 and I'm good to go.
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  12. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    Mark
    I recently received a 28mm bright line finder from Voigtlander and must say I am very impressed - as good as the SBOOI fro Leica. I'd certainly entertain it as an 35mm option when I find my X1.

    Look forward to your report on the VIOOH turret finder Bruce. Out of interest do the frame lines simply change on the same field of view or does the finder 'zoom'?…and it is all right way up isn't it? :wink:…there are some Leica finders that give you a ground glass backward view of the world.
     
  13. BruPri

    BruPri SC Top Veteran

    699
    May 11, 2011
    Seattle, Washington USA
    Bruce J. Pritchard
    Well, as much as I liked the torpedo finder, it was a bit on the heavy side so I traded straight across for an SBLOO brightline. Little bit of a dent on the top of the eyepiece but it doesn't effect the performance. I think it makes a handsome addition and am a happy snapper!
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