Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2000/08/04

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Subject: Re: [Leica] 21mm, 24mm Viewfinder Question
From: Christer Almqvist <>
Date: Fri, 4 Aug 2000 12:37:23 +0100
References: <>

I just shot some b+w the other day with the new plastic 21 mm viewfinder
and the location was quite cramped and I wanted one little detail to be in
the bottom right hand corner without losing something in the top left hand
corner. Looking at the negatives I was pleasantly surprised to see how
accurate the viewfinder was, at least with the objects photographed so far
away that there was no parallax problem.

(I wear glasses, and I can see all the 21 mm framelines without moving the
eye around, and in that respect the external wf is almost better than the
built in one - even for 35 mm framelines)


>the current leica 21 and 24 are phsically and optically identical,one just
>masked some. these are optically inferior to chrome and black chrome
>original 21mm leitz.this was 8-eleement
>in an all metal housing
>and metal intergral foot. by opticallly inferior i mean the area the
>original 21 shows with projected frame is considerably more what the
>plastic shell current one shows. this is coated and bright but has a
>horrible glued piece of plastic for a foot. the original like all the
>brightline finders of the fifties-sixties has beautiful proportions and
>> From: Nathan Wajsman <>
>> Reply-To:
>> Date: Fri, 04 Aug 2000 08:26:50 +0200
>> To:
>> Subject: Re: [Leica] 21mm, 24mm Viewfinder Question
>> No problems from this eyeglass wearer. Incidentally, I have found by
>> the 24mm and 21mm finders side-by-side that the 24mm finder actually covers
>> the
>> 21mm field if you ignore the framelines.
>> Nathan
>> "Thomas G. Tamura" wrote:
>>> Hi All,
>>> Can someone give me some personal feedback on the "eye relief" of the
>>> current 21mm and 24mm accessory viewfinder.  Do you eyeglass wearers have
>>> any problems seeing the frameline and beyond?
>> --
>> Nathan Wajsman
>> Herrliberg (ZH), Switzerland
>> e-mail:
>> General photo site:
>> Belgium photo site:
>> Motorcycle site:

- --
Christer Almqvist
D-20255 Hamburg, Germany and/or
F-50590 Regnéville-sur-Mer, France

In reply to: Message from Nathan Wajsman <> (Re: [Leica] 21mm, 24mm Viewfinder Question)