auxiliary finder

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  1. adrian_freire

    adrian_freire Member

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    I had just buy a beautiful zorki 1 camera and I very happy with it but as I wear glasses I cant use the composing finder properly. I was thinking about making an auxiliary finder (50mm) myself. I know it's easy make one for short lenses (25-35mm) with spare parts of a disposable camera but I wonder if there is a way to make one for 50mm.
    thanks.
     
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  2. rjr

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    Instead of DIY I´d look out for a Voigtlaender "Kontursucher" - they are not that rare nor that expensive and they apply a stunningly simple, yet clever principle.

    Instead of explaining it, look for yourself ;-) - it´s in german, but you should understand the principle by looking at the images:

    http://home.wtnet.de/~ddrescher/hobbys/voigtlaender/sucherkontur.html

    You mount the finder on the camera and hold it front of your face - keep both eyes open. The left eye will see the situation, the right one will "catch" the viewfinder frame while the brain makes a composite image of the both.
     
  3. Seele

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    Adrian,

    I often find it helpful to use an open-frame finder; no optical parts to intrude in terms of magnifications (positive or negative), no chance for fingermark, perfect brightness etc. After all it is an aiming device, which frames a slice of reality before you within the four edges of a rectangle.

    Leica, among others, produced frame finders, their designs can be used as references for constructing your own; one for a single focal length would be a simple job I am sure.

    Good luck!
     
  4. Claire Senft

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    I am unfamilar with the details of the Zorki. Perhas if you visit a local optician they can make you a correction lens to install in or on your camera.