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The SBLOO looks more proportionally balanced on the M3 but does not take the cake for large 35mm viewfinders.

Topcor had a ridiculously large VF for their LTM 35mm f2.8 Topcor lens. (not too common of a lens but a very fine preforming lens BTW)
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Kobalux has also a huge 28mm finder.
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a fine looking balck beauty and l kind of like the finder, wht l do not like is the price of the leitz finders
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Kobalux has also a huge 28mm finder.
I do not know why but l love looking through bright line finders is the Kobalux a bright line finder
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I am not sure what exactly is a brightline finder. The Kobalux 28mm finder is a bright finder

Stephen's site says this: "Also included is the excellent but large Kobalux 28 bright line finder. "
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I have this Kobalux brightline finder too, not in black, but in chrome, but honestly, Raid, the Leitz SLOOZ is waaaaay better. The Kobalux 28mm finder has no brightlines.


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I have the original Leitz 35mm brightline finder in the box, never used. It came to me with the M3. Lots of shiny accessories and wrapping paper.
It looks too pretty to be used, Erik. It looks like this one:
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I have the original Leitz 35mm brightline finder in the box, never used. It came to me with the M3. Lots of shiny accessories and wrapping paper.
It looks too pretty to be used, Erik. It looks like this one:
very nice indeed
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I have the original Leitz 35mm brightline finder in the box, never used. It came to me with the M3. Lots of shiny accessories and wrapping paper.
It looks too pretty to be used, Erik. It looks like this one:
Very beautiful, Raid, but you don't believe that I have this one in black paint still in the box. I have it, really.

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Good for you, Erik! I believe you. Such "jewelry" is not meant to be used
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Here it is:



With bubbling paint and all.

(I think that the blue sticker on the box means that it is a black paint product and not a chrome one.)

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The 35mm Voigtlander metal finder for comparison. $209 USD from Cameraquest. I see what you mean...the SBLOO has become very pricey, got mine a long time ago. I had two of the mini finders & they did not match the others for quick ease of use, especially with glasses. I use my SBLOO on my M4 a lot for quick shooting with hyperfocal distance & Tri-X
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With bubbling paint and all.

(I think that the blue sticker on the box means that it is a black paint product and not a chrome one.)

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(I think that the blue sticker on the box means that it is a black paint product and not a chrome one.)

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I have the plastic Leica 35mm viewfinder. It sits nicely on a screw mount Leica, I think. The thing I really like about it is that I can use it with my glasses on.
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Plastic Leica viewfinder also is costly.
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Just to muddy the waters, there are other options. One is the Voightlander 35mm plastic finder. It's rounded corners but rectangular and a bit lower profile than the clyndrical one. Zeiss has a 35 new metal brightline finder and there's one I've never seen but have been told on this forum gives 35 equivalent - an Olympus VF 1. Used it's well under $100.
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Erik, That black SBLOO is a dream. I had been looking for one for years & never came across one. That is one beautiful piece!
As far as the plastic finders go, I've always leaned towards something that works well but also looks approximately period correct.
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My number one priority is to have a finder that I can use with my glasses on. The Leica plastic 35mm and 28mm finders have the same optics (but the frame lines are different) and I can use both with my glasses on. I don't know if other finders would also be OK. 35mm seems to be the limit: I have not found a 50mm finder I can use with my glasses on, I have to attach a dioptric correction lens and then of course I also have to add a correction lens to the camera eyepiece.
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jcb, I also shoot with glasses on (always have). The Voigtlander 35 metal finder does check the boxes in that regard
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jcb, I also shoot with glasses on (always have). The Voigtlander 35 metal finder does check the boxes in that regard
As another eyeglass wearer, I get on okay with the metal Voigtlander 35 finder too. It's not perfect as one side or the other is just barely out of view unless I put the finder onto the surface of my glasses' lens (which I try not to do to avoid scratches). If I need to be "precise" about both side edges, I do have to do a little side-to-side move to check both sides, but usually I don't bother as I frame fairly loosely. So the Voigtlander is useable enough that I haven't bothered trying other finders.
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Thanks for all the help chaps, the lens came this morning or rather l picked it up from the post office this morning and took it out for a spin on my IIIg loaded with some Kentmere 400
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It's such a personal thing, whether an eyepiece or viewfinder works for a glasses wearer, that I think you have made the key point, Kevin: once you get something that works, you stick with it and don't bother with other finders. I tried the Voigtlander plastic 35mm finder (the one with rounded edges). The view was OK but the whole optical unit is a slight negative lens. My eyes have almost no accommodation these days and I found I had to use a +1 dioptre correction lens to be able to see clearly. I could not see how to attach the correction lens so that was the end of that. I then tried the Leica finder and found I could see clearly. In terms of field of view both finders were about the same (I also sometimes have to a little side-to-side movement) but only the Leica finder was useable by me...and once I got a finder that worked I haven't bothered to look elsewhere.
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It's such a personal thing, whether an eyepiece or viewfinder works for a glasses wearer, that I think you have made the key point, Kevin: once you get something that works, you stick with it and don't bother with other finders. I tried the Voigtlander plastic 35mm finder (the one with rounded edges). The view was OK but the whole optical unit is a slight negative lens. My eyes have almost no accommodation these days and I found I had to use a +1 dioptre correction lens to be able to see clearly. I could not see how to attach the correction lens so that was the end of that. I then tried the Leica finder and found I could see clearly. In terms of field of view both finders were about the same (I also sometimes have to a little side-to-side movement) but only the Leica finder was useable by me...and once I got a finder that worked I haven't bothered to look elsewhere.
i am one thirds of the way through a roll in my IIIg/summaron combo will let you know how l get on using just the IIIg finder
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