Ricoh GV-1 Viewfinder on a Leica?
Old 08-26-2013   #1
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Ricoh GV-1 Viewfinder on a Leica?

I have a Leica M5 which I use with 15mm, 35mm and 90mm lenses. My next purchase will be a 28mm. I see that Ricoh have the GV-1 external viewfinder which is meant for Ricoh digital compacts. It comes with frame lines for 28mm and 21mm lenses. I have read that it is slightly offset to take account of the pop up flash on the compacts for which it was designed. Has anyone any experience of whether this viewfinder is a practical proposition for use on a Leica. It would be handy if I ever bought a 21mm lens. Even if I didn't, being able to see what is outside the 28mm frame would be useful. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 06-29-2016   #2
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Never got an answer? I have the same question.
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Old 06-29-2016   #3
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I used the Gv-1 with a Leica m2/m4 and the super angulon 21. Worked well.
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Old 06-29-2016   #4
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Worked well on my M4, but worked even better on my Ikon SW. I used it for both 21mm and 28mm lenses.
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Be fine - framing is only approximate in any case. Enjoy
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Old 06-29-2016   #6
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Worked well on my M4, but worked even better on my Ikon SW. I used it for both 21mm and 28mm lenses.
I always fancied an Ikon SW, but I picked up an old MDa for much less than I saw any SW advertised and so am happy with that now. I've really grown to like the scale/zone focus approach for wide angles on film.
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Old 06-29-2016   #7
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I find it very good, inexpensive and useful, but the offset mounting shoe is a major pain. I bodged up an adaptor bracket out of an old hotshoe adaptor so the viewfinder wouldn't cover up the shutter dial on LTM's or most M's. The only camera I can use it on without this gadget is my M5.




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I just picked up a beautiful minty one of these from a fellow RFF'er without realizing they had an offset shoe - my own fault for not doing all re research first, I thought they were identical to the CV 21 finder. I suspect I'll be eBaying it and continuing my search for a 21 finder so I can use my 21 SEM on my M6.
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It only took about an hour with a hacksaw and some epoxy to make the offset shoe shown above. The wrinkle finish is just lily gilding.

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... The only camera I can use it on without this gadget is my M5.




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So, the modification does not need to be done when on top of the M5? Will it be centered?
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Did you consider the GV-2 ?

I have a GV-2 that I use on a Leica CL. It has 28mm framelines only. Advantages when I was considering the Ricoh viewfinders:

- foot is where it belongs
- it's small, similar to the now almost unobtainable CV mini-finder
- I don't like 2 framelines in the same viewfinder, always makes me concentrate on the larger one (like 21mm for the GV-1)

Then again, for a little more money, the CV metal finders are hard to beat.

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