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    Zeiss Nettar 517/2 viewfinder question

    I think Im going to buy a Zeiss Nettar 517/2. Ive heard the built in viewfinder is very smallish and wonder if I can use a 35mm seperate viewfinder in the hotshoe? The camera is 6x9 and since 35mm have same aspect ratio, a 35mm zoom finder could maybe do well? Can somebody suggest a nice viewfinder for such a camera?

    What about parallex error, I guess that increases the more the viewfinder is above the camera, making the inbuilt more ideal?

    Let me hear how you guys are using such an camera. I really like the price and the wonderful big negative, so I hope I can use the camera :-)

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    Or maybe a viewfinder magnifier would do...can any recommend a model that fits well on this camera? I have no experience in rangefinder cameras.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StigHagen View Post
    Or maybe a viewfinder magnifier would do...can any recommend a model that fits well on this camera? I have no experience in rangefinder cameras.
    You know the Nettar is scale-focus, not a rangefinder, right?

    The 105mm lens is the equivalent of something like a 45mm lens in the 35mm format. It doesn't seem to be so easy to find a viewfinder in the normal range. Voigtlaender used to sell one but doesn't any longer, and I bet it costs a pretty penny if you find one. There's a Soviet turret-style universal finder that seems to run about US$100. Your best bet might be to try using the stock viewfinder for a while, and monitor eBay for a chance to get a 50mm viewfinder at a lowball price.

    I've never used the 6x9 version, but I've found the finders on 6x6 Nettars to be usable as long as they're clean. They're small but not ridiculous.

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    Yes you are right, it is not a rangefinder. I have not seen the camera yet. I tried a Bessa II at my friends house today and found the viewfinder so small and dirty. My hope is that this model is a bit larger and more clean.

    Do you use something to measure distance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StigHagen View Post
    I think Im going to buy a Zeiss Nettar 517/2. Ive heard the built in viewfinder is very smallish[]
    I have a Nettar 517/16 (6x6) which I use as my primary shooter. I've not had an issue with the viewfinder size. Of course, if you wear spectacles I would imagine it would be difficult to get a good view.

    Quote Originally Posted by StigHagen View Post
    What about parallex error, I guess that increases the more the viewfinder is above the camera, making the inbuilt more ideal?
    You will get less parallax from the built-in viewfinder. My Nettar does not have parallax correction framing, however, so it's always a bit of a guess for me. I generally try not to worry too much about it. 6x6 gives me so much negative that as long as I don't cut off the top of someone's head, I'm fine.

    I've taken to a diagonal approach in portrait framing, though, so that usually isn't a problem.

    I love my Nettar. Great images, big negative, simple, compact. My 6x9 user is a Voigtlnder Bessa, but I'd love to have a 517/2.

    Enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by StigHagen View Post
    Do you use something to measure distance?
    Sometimes; I picked up an old auxiliary rangefinder a while ago, and sometimes I bother to carry it along, sometimes not. It does help a lot with close-up and/or wide-open situations, but it takes some extra time to transfer the reading. They can be had cheap (bottom-feeding on eBay) and are worth having.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ntenny View Post
    Sometimes; I picked up an old auxiliary rangefinder a while ago, and sometimes I bother to carry it along, sometimes not. It does help a lot with close-up and/or wide-open situations, but it takes some extra time to transfer the reading. They can be had cheap (bottom-feeding on eBay) and are worth having.

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    I have been looking for auxiliary rangefinder for this model. Any suggestions? Thanks :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by StigHagen View Post
    I have been looking for auxiliary rangefinder for this model. Any suggestions? Thanks :-)
    Yes, I suggest that you look for an auxiliary rangefinder for this model. :-) Seriously, all I did was keep searching eBay for "rangefinder" until one came up that I was able to lowball. I ended up with some unfamiliar brand that doesn't fit a standard hotshoe, which is a slight inconvenience but not the end of the world.

    You do want to get a rangefinder that measures in the same units as your lens (Nettars exist in both "meter" and "foot" versions).

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