Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/11/22

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Frame lines
Date: Mon, 23 Nov 1998 08:54:24 +0100

Hi Bill,

I know that problem, look to the right, left, up and down through the viewfinder 
to check where the framelines mark the picture you want to get. If it must go 
fast you get things in your picture you didnīt want or some elements are missing 
or you get only a part of them. I had this problem with the 2,8/28 and I bought 
therefore an (very expensive) external viewfinder (in german: Spiegelsucher). 

I donīt think, that such a "Spiegelsucher" is available for 35mm in the actual 
Leica product program, but there must exist olderones as a supplement to the M3 
in combo with 35mm lenses. I donīt know the productnumber of this 35mm 
"Spiegelsucher" but Iīm sure that you can get a second hand one. There are also 
old external viewfinders where you can switch the frameranges from 


William H. Cassing schrieb:
> I need some help and/or advice with an ongoing problem.
> I use an M6 with a 35mm f/2 Summicron for most of my photography.  I wear
> rather thick eyeglasses.  I am unable to wear contact lenses because of a
> number of related vision and other medical problems.
> My problem is that I cannot get my eye close enough to the viewfinder to see
> the 35mm frame lines.  As a result, I am having problems with composition.
> I can guess fairly well, but I take a lot of pictures with important
> elements missing or with unwelcome added elements.  I know I can have the
> pictures cropped, but this requires time and money, neither of which I have
> in abundance.
> Is there a supplementary viewfinder for the 35mm lens that doesn't cost an
> arm and a leg?  How accurate are they with respect to composition?  Would
> switching to an SLR (R6.2) solve the problem?  Do Leica SLR's have "high
> eyepoint" viewfinders?  Any other ideas?
> Thanks.
> Bill Cassing