1.25 x Viewfinder Magnifier

Discussion in 'Leica and Rangefinders' started by enrique_munoz|1, Feb 24, 2002.

  1. I just bought one of these. Terribly expensive, but a beautiful accessory. For those who have not seen it, it comes in a beautiful leather case which can be clipped on to the camera strap, and has a retaining chain that can be clipped on to the loupe on one end and to either the carrying strap fixing ring or on to the leather case itself. I plan to carry it on the strap and use it when I use a longer lens wide open.

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    The manual says that the effective measuring base of the range finder of the .72 M6 becomes 62.3 mm (from 42.9 mm), greater than that of the .85 M6 without the loupe (58.9 mm)and exactly equivalent to that of the M3 (nice coincidence). Of course the .85 M6 can also be increased to 73.6 mm, and even more so that of the M3.

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    Am I missing something, or does this mean that it no longer makes any real sense to buy a .85 viewfinder unless you are sure that you will not use anything below the 50mm focal length with it? Is there some disavantage to using the 1.25 loupe with a .72 body over using a .85 body?

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    At the moment I am thinking that I have made a great purchase! This seems more progress than the M7 or the new Bessa, since it can actually improve photos. (I do not mean to be controversial, the AE is useful in certain situations, but mostly I would be using a SLR in those anyway).

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    Enrique Munoz
     
  2. I bought one of these too. Initially used it on my .72 body but then
    used it on the .85, and what a wonderful tool it is when using the
    Noct or a 75/90 lens.

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    I am buying a .85 body and will use the 1.25x extensively for
    critical focusing or when using a longer lens.

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    Expensive, but it reminds me of looking through an M3 viewfinder...
     
  3. I also just got the 1.25x mag. I will use it on an M4 and an M6
    .58. Super clear view and no lose in brightness.

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    So far I do find that my glasses get in the way. Well, I may
    have to get used to it or I can shoot w/o glasses. The small
    frames, 90+135 are what you want to see larger and it does that
    for sure.

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    I just need more time with it.
     
  4. The 1.25X magnifier is TERRIFIC on the .85 body with a 90mm
    lens. The frameline is magnified to the size of a typical 50mm
    frame. Wonderful.
     
  5. Watch out for the little rubber eyeglass protector. It can come off
    pretty easily.
     
  6. Can you tell me where you purchased it? It seems that the
    dealers I normally buy from have been out of stock for awhile.
    Any help would be appreciated.

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    Regards,
    Tom
     
  7. I haven't looked through one of these magnifiers but have wondered
    whether the magnifier (which supposedly is a simple two element
    achromat) distorts the image, particularly in the outer zones. The
    view through an M Leica is very clear, but what happens when you put
    a magnifying lens in front of it? Maybe some of you who have used
    this item can comment. I like the idea of a larger frame for 90 and
    135 mm without having to buy an 0.85X. All of my M users are 0.72X.
     
  8. Tom,

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    Probably not much use to you since it is in Germany, but I obtained
    it at A-C Foto in Aachen, website http://www.ac-foto.com/. This
    really is a great shop. Although Aachen is relatively small, it is
    near the border to Holland and Belgium and so they have a lot of
    business. They gave me a very fair deal on a part exchange of Canon
    equipment.

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    I had the same question as Eliot, although my post was a little long-
    winded and it probably got lost in there somewhere:

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    Is there any advantage in using a 0.85 M6 over a .72 M6 + 1.25x,
    other than the fact that you can also put the 1.25x on the .85 M6 and
    get even larger framing?

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    Regards.
     
  9. No distortion or dimming, at least I haven't noticed any.
     
  10. the view MUST, MUST, MUST be dimmer - simple physics!
     
  11. Hi,

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    I find the 1.25X very useful with my M3 when using the 90mm. lens. In
    fact, it makes viewing and focusing so much easier, I am thinking of
    getting a 135 mm. I used it with my M6(0.72X) as well but with my 50
    mm.

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    It's a great accessory and I believe it is in short supply. I had to
    wait for two weeks to get mine.

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    Regards,

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    N.S. Ng
     
  12. The view is noticeably dimmer, especially in low light. The
    framelines are dimmed too, of course. The difference is pretty
    obvious if you compare say an unmagnified .72, versus a .85x1.25.

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    For me, the 1.25 makes the 90mm very usuable as a portrait lens, but
    is of little use otherwise...
     

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