Leica Wide angle lens focusing aid

Discussion in 'Leica and Rangefinders' started by kenny_chiu|8, May 11, 2000.

  1. Just wonder if there is any focusing aid by using the Leica Wide angle
    M lenses e.g. 24mm 21mm lenses. I know there are external finders for them. How do your focus the lens? Is the camera finder can be used for focusing? How about the parallax correction? Thanks.
  2. You use the rangefinder in the camera to focus. The finders have a set
    of lines that roughly indicate the parallax correction at close
    distances. In that regard you guess a bit. It all works in the end,
  3. Spearhead

    Spearhead Moderator

    By the time you get to 21mm, you really don't need a focusing aid.
    Practice distance estimation, and you won't have any problem, except
    maybe wide open. You can work on this with any lens, just walk down
    the street, focus on something and guess the distance. After a while
    you can do it pretty well.


    Parallax is something you can also learn to estimate. Shoot
    constantly and review the results. After a while you will know where
    the frame really ends.


    After a while, you will be shooting without looking through the
  4. rowlett

    rowlett Moderator

    yeah, and the depth of field scale is little more than an ornament on
    those wide lenses. With the 21 you practically have to TRY to get
    something out of focus! :)
  5. Rats, I keep forgetting to use rowlett@mail.com instead of alaska.net
    to prevent my responses from annoyingly appearing out of order at the
    beginning of the thread.

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