Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/06/05

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Subject: [Leica] M4 viewfinder question
From: jbcollier at (John Collier)
Date: Sat Jun 5 22:49:01 2004
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A 28 mm is about it  with an 0.72x finder and there is no problem using 
an M that way as many photogs have done for years until the M4-P came 
along. Heck many are still doing it. I use my 0.58x with a 24 that way 
too. Works great BUT you do not have any parallax correction which can 
catch you out if you are focused close. I simply shift the lens to the 
viewfinder's position before releasing the shutter.

John Collier

On Jun 5, 2004, at 8:42 PM, Jeff Albertson wrote:

> Another rudimentary question from a long time Nikon SLR  user with his 
> first Leica. Obviously the widest frameline on the M4 is for a 35mm 
> lens. I prefer a shorter wideangle, so I'm wondering what optic 
> approximates the whole frame you see through an M4 viewfinder? I don't 
> want to use a separate finder unless I have to and I don't want to 
> convert to the more visually complicated M6 type finder with 28mm 
> framelines.
> Guessing that the whole finder shows approximately a 28mm view, is 
> there any reason I can't just mount a rangefinder-coupled 28 or 24mm 
> lens and just focus as usual using the whole finder as my "frameline"?

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In reply to: Message from jeffalber at (Jeff Albertson) ([Leica] M4 viewfinder question)