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11-23-2012, 07:52 PM - 2 Likes   #1
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Another affordable optical viewfinder option for the K-01

This fellow on Ebay (located in Israel, but the shipping was darned fast) is custom altering/making optical viewfinders at quite a few different focal lengths - for rangefinder cameras, of course. Basically he's masking off exact squares on wider finders - simple and inexpensive and I'd do it myself if I *had* a source for wide finders laying around

Mine came in today (I got an approximate aps-c 14mm finder for the middle of my 10-17 range) and it's quite nice. Nothing fancy, but good clear glass, defined, level - all I need to frame a shot in bright sun (and, of course, at this focal length, I don't even have to double check focus :P). The viewfinder aims just a bit high - I'll probably stick a sharpie dot to define the top of the frame, but all in all very usable.

His prices are crazy reasonable ($20 with only $11 shipping to the US). Definitely worth trying him out. (hilariously, he has a couple of finders marked 'tele-wide' for $53 bucks - I hope they're reeeally nice compared to the tele-wides for $20 :P)

The focal lengths he's offering are:
12
15
16
18
20
21
24
25
28




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11-23-2012, 08:17 PM   #2
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I like it. Will order a 28 (mainly for my M8 + CZ Biogon 28/2.8), although on APS-H (M8) it is probably more like 35 . . . . Maybe I ought to get 35. Oops there isn't one. Damn.
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Very nice find. Good for the Q/Q10 as well.
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I like it. Will order a 28 (mainly for my M8 + CZ Biogon 28/2.8), although on APS-H (M8) it is probably more like 35 . . . . Maybe I ought to get 35. Oops there isn't one. Damn.
Considering he's hand making them, maybe you could drop him a line & request your specific focal length? Couldn't hurt

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Yeah, I stumbled across his auctions when I was looking for cheap OVF solutions. I'm a "close enough is close enough" kind of guy, so once I knew where the Tele-Wide's markings "calibrated" to (using the term extremely loosely), I had everything I needed. Still might get one of the Russian 'turret' finders, tho', just to scare the public.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ecaterin Quote
Considering he's hand making them, maybe you could drop him a line & request your specific focal length? Couldn't hurt
I just might do that.
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Just got myself a 15!
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Because these are intended for rangefinders, I'm assuming these focal lengths are full-frame equivalents, yes?

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Because these are intended for rangefinders, I'm assuming these focal lengths are full-frame equivalents, yes?
*Yes* - important to figure for

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Just got myself a 15!
Excellent! Let us know how yours turns out? So far I'm quite satisfied with mine, however since it's in the middle of the 10-17 zoom range, I can't accurately judge frame accuracy beyond a certain point, yk?

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I wouldn't call it affordable but has anyone ever tried the ikodot viewfinders, or any old timers have any knowledge of "sports finders"? I shoot manual focus only currently and I enjoy zone focusing for a lot of my candid street shots and moving subjects, this ikodot looks perfect, especially for those who shoot autofocus, the K-01 has an option to shut the screen off, I do this with my Q and save on the battery, but than again my little Q's screen gets terribly washed out and I haven't had that problem with my K-01 yet, it's why I haven't pulled the trigger on the ikodot.
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wanderography - very cool! I had seen a couple of the old sports view finders, frame-types like this one, but they were all pretty big and clunky. This is perfect! Now I want one As much as I like looking through an optical viewfinder...*no* viewfinder is an ideal I aspire to. One reason I like to shoot wide is that I can shoot hyperfocal without looking at the camera at all. This is a really cool interim option, thanks for sharing!!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ecaterin Quote
One reason I like to shoot wide is that I can shoot hyperfocal without looking at the camera at all. This is a really cool interim option, thanks for sharing!!
Thats the reason why I haven't purchased one yet, I've also taught myself to shoot without the need of a VF with all my lenses, even my sonnetar which is 135 on the Q (I even got a 13.5cm OVF for it). But some times its just fun to use a classic style OVF.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ecaterin Quote
Excellent! Let us know how yours turns out? So far I'm quite satisfied with mine, however since it's in the middle of the 10-17 zoom range, I can't accurately judge frame accuracy beyond a certain point, yk?

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Will do.

Have not gotten it however.
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QuoteOriginally posted by wanderography Quote
I wouldn't call it affordable but has anyone ever tried the ikodot viewfinders, or any old timers have any knowledge of "sports finders"? I shoot manual focus only currently and I enjoy zone focusing for a lot of my candid street shots and moving subjects, this ikodot looks perfect, especially for those who shoot autofocus, the K-01 has an option to shut the screen off, I do this with my Q and save on the battery, but than again my little Q's screen gets terribly washed out and I haven't had that problem with my K-01 yet, it's why I haven't pulled the trigger on the ikodot.
the ikodot looks great. I wonder if the chrome ikodot matches the silver on the black k01...
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