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    I'll second Claire's suggestion to look for a Russian viewfinder. I've got one, and I see auctions for two just like it on eBay now, plus a few in eBay stores -- search on "(fed,zorki) viewfinder". Unfortunately, they (and many other Russian/FSU photo products) have gone up in price over the past couple of years. Still, there are a couple of auctions that should go for $40 or less, shipped, assuming there aren't many bids on them. (Check the sellers' other items; maybe you'll stumble across something else you'd like, which may help bring the per-item shipping costs down, albeit at higher total cost.) These viewfinders are actually multi-format, with five focal lengths ranging from 28mm to 135mm, and one of these is 50mm. I use one with my FED 5 camera.

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    Have you had a look for a KMZ turret finder?


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    The Soviet turret viewfinder that is a copy of the Zeiss turret viewfinder seems to be rising in price these days.

    There are viewfinders from the 1950s and 1960s made in Japan that seem to be reasonably priced.

    And I see a couple of Soviet 5cm viewfinders on eBay with "Buy It Now" prices of $30. You also have to factor in shipping costs, but they shouldn't be high, because the weight should be low.

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    The focal length equivalent of a pinhole is the distance between the pinhole and the film, regardless of the size of the pinhole, so if the pinhole is 50mm from the film, it will see the same as a 50mm lens. As it happens, if you use a pinhole body cap on a 35mm SLR, the pinhole will generally be around 45mm from the film, so a 50mm finder should be just right.

    One that I like is the Voigtlander Kontur finder. You can use one for 35mm or 6x9--the field of view is the same. It's not a viewfinder that you look through with one eye. With one eye, you look through the finder and you see the frameline. The other eye stays open to see the scene. Your brain puts them together, so you see the frameline suspended in space with no optical interference. They show up on eBay sometimes, or try Juergen Kreckel (certo6). He may have one.
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    Very interesting - thanks for clearing that up. FWIW my viewfinder is a T.O.C. Universal Finder, made in Japan. Seems like a good little finder, if you can find one cheap enough.

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