Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/03/07

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Subject: [Leica] Re: Bessa T rangefinder / 50mm viewfinder compatibility
From: Howard Cummer <>
Date: Fri, 08 Mar 2002 07:39:04 +0800

I pulled out my Blue Bessa T with 50mm viewfinder on it and peered through 
the rangefinder and then the viewfinder. In short, the rangefinder just 
covers a small circle (about the field of a 135 lens) in the middle of the 
viewfinder view  and cannot be used as a substitute for the viewfinder. You 
will need to use a separate viewfinder - no doubt - to see the coverage of 
a 50mm lens.  Maybe you should wait for a Bessa R2 if you want to buy a 
Bessa with bayonet mount   and don't want to use a separate viewfinder.

At 07:20 AM 3/7/02 -0800, you wrote:
>Date: Thu, 7 Mar 2002 10:18:17 -0500
>From: "Grant Heffernan" <>
>Subject: Re: [Leica] **Bessa-T w/Noctilux**
>No, actually they're not separate issues. I know that the RF on the Bessa-T
>can accurately focus the Noct.
>What I'm asking is whether or not the view through the rangefinder
>approximates the field of view for a 50mm lens closely enough to let me get
>away with not using an accessory viewfinder.

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