Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1997/03/27[Author Prev] [Author Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Author Index] [Topic Index] [Home] [Search]
I take exception to Campin's remark that he finds it "hard to imagine why anybody in their right mind would ever have bought a Canon IVSB, given how dreadful their finders were." Admittedly the finder is not the brightest in the world, but I still have no problem seeing my subjects. The 135mm window I now find is excellent for a 135mm lens, with which lens I now use my IVSB. With a 50mm lens I focus with the 135mm finder and use a 50mm accessory finder for the 50mm lens when I carry the camera on a should strap under a jacket. When I carry the IVSB in a jacket pocket, I focus with the 135mm viewfinder and shoot with the 50mm viewfinder when I have time, otherwise I can still focus with the 50mm viewfinder (I do not wear glasses) when I have to work fast. And the 100mm finder, through which you do not see the entire field, still works well for me with a 100mm lens. In my use of screwmount Leicas and Canon, I know before I shoot with a certain lens what I want in my photos. I do not use the viewfinder in the same way as photographers use an SLR viewfinder (which on most SLRs does not show 100% of the view). I do not compose with my rangefinder viewfinders. My images are composed before I use a viewfinder. I do have to know whether what I want will fit in my frame and for that purpose, the viewfinders on the IVSB work very well for me. The best all around viewfinder for my IVSB and for me has been the accessory Russian turret, but the three viewfinders in the IVSB are nonetheless quite reasonable for me. Again, it all depends on how you shoot your photos. I use my Leica IIIc/IIIf with my 50mm and 28mm lenses, Canon IVSB with 50mm, 100mm and 135mm lenses and my Canon L1 with 35mm and 50mm lenses. And the 135mm viewfinder on the IVSB is quite good for rangefinder focusing. The Canon IVSB is an excellent camera in all other respects, one that I use quite a lot. The question of sanity and insanity in the selection of equipment depends on the sanity or insanity of the photos resulting from the photographer's selection and use of that equipment. I too cannot understand why someone does not manufacture viewfinders, unless such manufacture may not attract enough buyers, which is probably the case. Photographers today do not want to use accessory viewfinders or go through the process of cutting film to load bottom-loading screwmount cameras. At least most photographers. I do not think there is a big enough market of photographers willing to buy accessory viewfinders for someone to start manufacturing them. I wish there were. Just as there is not a big enough users market for screwmount Leicas and Canon cameras. The Canon IVSB has the great advantage of being quite inexpensive and quite available for those few photographers who would like to use an excellent compact camera. With a collapsible 50mm Summitar on my Canon IVSB and WITHOUT an accessory viewfinder I have quite a compact camera for a wide variety of uses day and night -- without having to pay the higher prices for a Leica IIIc or IIIf. I can do quite a lot with that combination, as I'm sure a few other photographers do as well.