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

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Subject: Re: [Leica] 21mm, 24mm Viewfinder Question
From: John Collier <>
Date: Fri, 04 Aug 2000 07:55:47 -0600

I have had both the metal 21mm finder (black anodised with no parallax
marking from the late seventies) and the later plastic 21mm finder (new
spring 2000). The metal finder was certainly a cosmetic wonder but the
plastic finder is much brighter optically, lighter and less prone to both
being marked and causing damage in normal handling. The plastic finders are
available new for the mid $200US and considerably under that used. Let the
collectors fight over the metal ones.

John Collier

> From: ralph fuerbringer <>
> 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
> esqusite
> finish.