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Leica Universal Wide-Angle Viewfinder for M System

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The Leica Universal Wide-Angle Viewfinder M is a shoe-mounted external viewfinder for M-system rangefinder cameras (including M8). This viewfinder offers bright-line frames to match the 16-18-21mm lens. Since the 1.33x conversion factor has to be considered for the M8 digital camera, bright-lines for 21, 24, and 28mm are also included. It can also be used with other fixed lenses that match this range. A parallax compensation dial allows for adjustment of the frame to the focusing distance, in five steps (0.5, 0.7, 1, 2 meter & infinity).

The use of one aspherical lens element and one with achromatic correction in the viewfinder makes it insensitive to stray light, and provides a high resolution and exceptional brilliance image.

An illuminated spirit level helps to keep the camera horizontal even in unfavorable light conditions.
Compatible with the R8/R9 series of diopter correction lenses.
Leica Universal Wide-Angle Viewfinder for M System
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    5.0

    a beast, but essential

    By JBL

    from California

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    Pros

    • Build quality

    Cons

    • Expensive

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      Comments about Leica Universal Wide-Angle Viewfinder M:

      This thing is huge, but it's also the best external viewfinder I've ever used. It allows parallax calibration based on subject distances as low as 0.5m. I have a variety of wide-angle viewfinders and this one is easily the most accurate.

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      5.0

      The best Viewfinder out there

      By Golden boy

      from HKSAR

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      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Great Picture Quality

      Cons

      • Bulky
      • Flimsy Construction

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Leica Universal Wide-Angle Viewfinder M:

      It has the range 16mm, 18mm, 21mm, 24mm, 28mm,
      because it is designed for the Tri-Elmar super wide of Leica M lens
      and it has a frameline shifting mechanism that you can flip for different focus distance 0.5m 0.7m 1m 2m, and infinite setting,

      It has a large physical size, and it is obvious and eye catching which could be a minus for street photography,
      It is made to be most effective when you shoot in close range, as you can adjust the frame lines to be very close to exact for careful composition,

      I like the design very much, it was bought to be used with my 21mm f1.4 summilux lens, I feel that it is worth its price
      however the Quality checking dept of Leica did not do a good job, the illumination plastic piece fell out of its glued position, luckily I was able to catch it bring it out of its packing the very first time !! I had to bring it to Hing Wah (the distribution company and fixing of Leica in Hong Kong) to fix it the very same day I received it, and the fix was to glue it back into place, which I would not attempt to do myself, as the wrong type of glue will fog and ruin it completely

      This is not the kind of thing you would expect to happen when you paid top dollars for a viewfinder..... so Leica you failed here !! although I love your cameras and lenses !!

      It is supposed to be new as it was purchased new, but I have some hairline scratches on the bottom of my viewfinder, before I put it onto my camera, after inspecting the possibility of when this could happen, I found out that it was done by removing it from the M-body.....
      obviously someone played with it on an M-body before me getting it delivered

      after all it is still a nice piece of accessory to have from Leica, and you will love it once used it for your super wide angle lenses, so I would suggest anyone to try it

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