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    24mm on the M9

    I know this is probably a dumb question but can you use this lens without an external finder on the M9? If not what finder do you find most effective for this lens? Can you use the 21mm plastic job?

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    Re: 24mm on the M9

    I dont think you can compfortably frame without an external viewfinder.
    External viewfinder - everything should work which has a 24mm frame. Leica, Zeiss (25mm), Leica Frankenfinder, or the Leica 21-24-28 finder.
    I dont know if Voigtländer does a 24mm finder as well?

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    Re: 24mm on the M9

    Thanks. Anybody else with thoughts on this?

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    Re: 24mm on the M9

    Well I have an m9 for me I will have a viewfinder up there. Me I have a the zeiss 25 and the frankenfinder if working with the wate the franken if at night street shooting, the zeiss.

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    Re: 24mm on the M9

    Dseelig,

    I have the Franken for my WATE and am thinking about getting the Zeiss 25/28 for the 24 Elmarit ASPH. Can you comment on the comparisons of these two finders? Many thanks.

    Kind regards,

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    Re: 24mm on the M9

    There is only ONE finder I would buy Zeiss. Love them not cheap though
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    Re: 24mm on the M9

    Agree with Guy..the zeiss 25/28 finder seems ideal for the M9 and the 24. I have been using the 21 with the WATE and the 25/28 with the 21 on the M8 since the beginning .

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    Re: 24mm on the M9

    I own an older Leica 21mm finder for my 21mm lens and its fine. Also hae the Frankenfinder. Usable for many lenses, its ok , but IMO quite big and a lot of distorsion. I have looked through Zeiss finders once and have to agree its the best I have seen so far. Bright, large, clear and not too much distorsion.
    If I did not allready have the Leica finder I would probably get a Zeiss external finder.

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    Re: 24mm on the M9

    Thanks all for your thoughts

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    Re: 24mm on the M9

    I used the 21mm Zeiss finder with the 24 Lux in Germany. The framing was actually relatively accurate. I have a 25/28 finder, but didn't bring it with me. Based on what I saw with the 21 finder, I'd venture to guess that the 25 frame lines might give you a fair amount more than what you are seeing through the finder. The 21 finder was giving me just a squeak less than what I was seeing, but not much.

    Another finder to consider would be the D-Lux 4 viewfinder. Actually pretty nice and it is 24mm. Not as solid as the new brass 21 and 24 Leica finders, but still optically good and more compact/lower profile than the Zeiss.

    I also took our a 21/24/28 Leica vario finder to play with today. There are no brightlines but the zoom feature is nice and the image is undistorted and bright.

    Options, options, options. Good luck.

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    Re: 24mm on the M9

    Thanks David. I actually like the D-Lux 4 option. Nice profile to it.

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    Re: 24mm on the M9

    I've been using the new Leica 21mm finder for both my 21 and 28 (has frame lines for both). Extremely accurate, excellent eye relief, discrete, excellent contrast and flare free. As an eye glass wearer, I found with the Zeiss I needed to move my eye around quite a bit to see all the framelines. This is not the case with the Leica. As well, I have never had the frame lines disappear in the Leica, whereas with the Zeiss this happened often enough I ditched it.

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    Re: 24mm on the M9

    I have been shooting the 24 lux on my M9 on a trip in northern Maine. I have used it with some success without a finder but there is no way to precisely frame without one. I am using the franken finder which is nice for landscape work as it has a built in level and has a settable parallax for close up etc. For street I will probably get the Leica 18/24 as it allows you to see around the shot as my friend Jeff Plomely suggested.

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    Re: 24mm on the M9

    Did you get a finder and if so, which one and how doyou like it?

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    Re: 24mm on the M9

    I got the Leica 18mm finder which has lines for the 24mm. It works very well for street shooting.

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    Re: 24mm on the M9

    Thank you Tim. And you find the magnification large enough?

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    Re: 24mm on the M9

    Yup it works quite well.

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