Micro 4/3 Olympus PEN E-P3 Retro OVF (or a slow Sunday afternoon...)

wolfie

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Sep 19, 2010
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Found an old Yashica OVF for a film rangefinder - the black and chrome exactly harmonizes with the black E-P3 livery ...
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The marked views are not especially useful - approx 20 & 40 (M43 format) which doesnot help with the 14-42 zoom, but sure looks cool anyway!:p

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ajramirez

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Jul 9, 2010
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Antonio
This brings back memories. I actually had the set with this viewfinder and the auxiliary wide angle and telephoto lenses for a Yashica MG-1 when I was 11 years old. The funny thing is that, if memory serves me right, the wide angle lens brought the focal length from the 45mm normal to about 37mm, while the telephoto increased it to 65mm. Not terribly useful, as I recall.

Cheers,

Antonio
 

BBW

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Jul 7, 2010
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betwixt and between
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wolfie, I've been having a slow, rainy Sunday and had almost missed this thread. Your last one is a classic - love that very cool viewfinder eye!
 

wolfie

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Sep 19, 2010
68
This brings back memories. I actually had the set with this viewfinder and the auxiliary wide angle and telephoto lenses for a Yashica MG-1 when I was 11 years old. The funny thing is that, if memory serves me right, the wide angle lens brought the focal length from the 45mm normal to about 37mm, while the telephoto increased it to 65mm. Not terribly useful, as I recall.

Cheers,

Antonio
You are right on the money AJ - I've got the wide and tele lens set in the leather case - don't know who gave them to me years ago. Pity the aux lenses are so big and heavey!
 

Streetshooter

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Jul 12, 2010
123
Philly, Pa
Wolfie, it should be an easy thing to find the FOV on the finder and match it to the lens... Then just don't use the zoom...
Nice looking camera...
 

wt21

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Aug 15, 2010
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Wonderful OVF! Stunning was the word I was going to use, though mach330 beat me to it!
 

wolfie

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Sep 19, 2010
68
Could always do the masking tape around the zoom collar to make a temporary prime approach :)
 

Streetshooter

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Jul 12, 2010
123
Philly, Pa
That's one way that will work. If you take your time ad adjust the lens to the finder at different distances, it would be very accurate. More accurate that a dedicated prime lens/finder kit.
 

madmaxmedia

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Nov 10, 2010
43
Los Angeles
BTW this viewfinder is not a bad match for the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7. It's not exact, offers no parallax correction, and doesn't have 4:3 aspect ratio. But it's fun to use- it's bright and clear, and the viewfinder image is life-sized. So you can use this finder with both eyes open (which I like.)

The wide and tele adapters it comes with may perform decently on Micro 4/3 as well. If you get the finder you may as well play with the adapters it comes with. ;)
 

madmaxmedia

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Nov 10, 2010
43
Los Angeles
Bumping an old thread, I just discovered that the tele frameline is actually a very good match for the Oly 45mm f/1.8! (I think it's a closer match than the 20mm is to the wide framelines.)
 

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