Another newbie lens question.

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  1. shicks5319

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    Well I have another stupid question for the group.

    I would like to add to my new leica M3 kit a wide angle lens (28mm or 35mm)

    I am wondering how people shoot with these older model leicas and use wide angle lenses. I notice that a view lens models come with "goggles" that provide a frameline in the view finder. This appears to be on the older lenses, and as far as I have seen, are limited to 35mm.

    How do people use the new wide lenses with an M3?
     
  2. John Koehrer

    John Koehrer Subscriber

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    The goggled lenses were designed specifically for the M3 because it doesn't have a 35mm finder. You could use a newer lens but might want to invest in a accesory shoe mount auxillary finder to go with.
     
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    Auxiliary finder

    Thanks John,

    I assume these auxiliary finders provide the framelines only and do not offer rangefinder focusing capabilities. Is that a correct assumption?

    If so, I am interested in what general techniques people using this method us to obtain accurate focusing.
     
  4. David H. Bebbington

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    This is correct, so you focus with the rangefinder in the usual way but then switch to the auxiliary finder for framing. If I recall correctly, I think the whole visible area in an M3 finder (i.e. beyond the 50 mm frame) corresponds roughly to the field of view of a 35 mm lens.

    Regards,

    David