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    What's the widest lens without external viewfinder needed on M8?

    I have the M8u and was wondering what the widest lens is that I can use without really needing an external viewfinder. 24mm? I am looking at the Zeiss 25mm and wondering if that would work without an external VF.

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    Peter

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    Re: What's the widest lens without external viewfinder needed on M8?

    Hi Peter,

    I have a Leica 24mm for the M8, and even though I wear eyeglasses I can see the framelines clearly. You shouldn't have any problem with the Zeiss 25mm.

    I think you can go to 21mm and use the edges of the viewfinder as a rough guide. If you want verification, I can try it out tonight and let you know.

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    Re: What's the widest lens without external viewfinder needed on M8?

    Peter:

    The 24mm is the widest, but can be difficult to see if you wear glasses.

    As for the Zeiss 25mm, you should do some research. Some of the Zeiss wides were bringing up the wrong frame lines on the M8. I think the 25mm may have been one of them.

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    Re: What's the widest lens without external viewfinder needed on M8?

    Thanks. Popflash is selling modified Zeiss 25 ZMs that bring up the right framelines. I do wear glasses. Sounds like I should be ok with the Zeiss.

    Peter

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    Re: What's the widest lens without external viewfinder needed on M8?

    Peter,

    I have recently purchased a ZM25 from popflash, and I can confirm that it brings up the correct framelines on M8. I also wear glasses, and I have to move my eye around a bit to see entire image area... but it's there and easy to see. I also am VERY pleased with the IQ of ZM25, it's a great lens and a good buy.

    John

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    Re: What's the widest lens without external viewfinder needed on M8?

    You should ask Popflash to check the lens on an M8 before shipping, I got one which hadn't been modified and had to send it back.

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    Re: What's the widest lens without external viewfinder needed on M8?

    I use a 21 without finder on the M8 classic, but generally have to check the framing with the lcd on the first image.

    The 15mm required an external VF all the time.
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