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Voigtlander Viewfinders & Accessories
Cosina Voigtlander is quickly turning out new innovative, quality accessories for not only their own cameras, but for rangefinders in general.
Compared to the stagnation in rangefinder design over the last 30 years, Cosina Voigtlander's innovation is breathtaking.
Voigtlander 15mm to 35mm Zoom Finder
Type A Zoom Finder for full frame rangefinders, 1.3x crop Leica M8/8.2 and 1.5x crop for Epson RD-1 Rangefinders and APS-C cameras with 1.5x crop factor
Type B Zoom Finder for full frame rangefinders, 1.3x crop for Leica M8/8.2 and 2x crop for Micro Four Thirds
The Zoom Finder's eyepiece has built in diopter adjustment. The foot has a locking ring to lock the finder in place upon your camera.
SIX for ONE! The 15-35 Zoom Finder has the same function as five separate finders: 15, 18, 21, 25, 28, and 35.
Alas, these unique finders are discontinued. Only a few remain. Get them while you still can!
"Stephen,Just received my zoom Voigtlander finder. WOW understated excellence. This thing smokes the plastic 21mm Leica finder I own. Makes that expensive item look like a piece of junk. Yikes, I had no idea it could be that good.The clarity of the image is excellent. Construction appears top notch. Cheers Tom Ridout" www.industryous.com
The ONLY 15 to 35mm Zoom Finder EVER made by any lens maker! The Voigtlander 15-35 Zoom Finder mounted on digital Leica M8.2 body with Voigtlander 15/4.5 Super Wide lens.
Zoom Finder mounted on Leica M3 and Zeiss Ikon ZM
Hmm. How well will this Zoom finder work with the many many many fixed lens point-n-shoots??
A finder for All Seasons, eh ALL Reasons, eh....ALL CAMERAS? Hot Damn!
Imagine: ONE viewfinder that can be used to 15mm to 35mm wide angle lenses for 35mm rangefinder full frame cameras! Thank You Mr. Kobayashi!
This is about as UNIVERSAL as it gets in wide angle viewfinders! Covering an ultra wide zoom range of 15 to 35mm, the amazing Voigtlander 15-35 Zoom Finder viewfinder can be used with virtually ALL interchangeable 35mm full frame rangefinder cameras (digital or film) by ALL manufacturers, as well as the Leica M8, M8.2, Epson RD1 series, as well as an amazing number of point and shoot cameras (film and digital). WOW! NEVER before in the almost 100 year old history of 35mm rangefinder cameras has a 15 to 35 viewfinder been produced by any camera manufacturer, much less multi format for 3 different camera families! Ladies and Gentlemen, WE HAVE A WINNER! The hottest thing since sliced bread!
The Voigtlander 15-35 Zoom Finder is shown above mounted on digital Leica M8.2 body with Voigtlander Ultra Wide 12/5.6 lens. Notice that due to the smaller than full frame digital format, the Zoom Finder can be used with the 12mm lens on the M8.2 (1.3x scale) and Epson RD1 (1.5x scale). Simply turn the finder's barrel to select the lens you are using. The Zoom Finder is delivered with its own Voigtlander pouch, which of course can be used for other Voigtlander finders.
Voigtlander 15-35 Zoom Finder with the new metal Voigtlander 21/25, 15, and 12 Brightline Viewfinders
DIFFERENT CROP FACTORS MEAN DIFFERENT LENS / VIEWFINDER COMBINATIONS!
For decades most rangefinder viewfinders were only made for 35mm format. So you simply used a viewfinder that matched up to your lens: a 35mm viewfinder with a 35mm lens. Recently smaller then 35mm full frame digital formats were invented: 1.3x for the Leica M8/8.2, 1.5x for the Epson RD1, and 2x for Micro 4/3 cameras.
The lens focal length does not change. But the Field of View or Crop Factor for that same lens used on different formats does change. A 28mm has the field of view of 28 x 1.3x of a 36mm lens on a Leica M8/8.2, 28 x 1.5 = 42mm on a Epson RD1, and 28 x 2x = 56mm on a Micro 4/3 camera. So that same 28mm lens will need a 35mm viewfinder on the Leica M8/8.2, a 40mm viewfinder on the Epson RD1, and a 50mm viewfinder (the closest standard VF made to 56mm) for a Micro 4/3 camera. Confusing? Perhaps, but keep at it and it will make sense.
Type A Zoom Finder covers 15-35 lenses 35mm full frame format rangefinders, film or digital, the Leica M10 series, M240 series, M9 series, all the M film cameras
plus Leica M8 / M8.2 1.3x format for 12mm to 25mm lenses (marked values)
plus Epson RD1 1.5x format 12mm to 21mm lenses (marked values)
Sony NEX cameras and Ricoh GXR M are also covered, as they have the same 1.5x crop factor as the RD-1!
Type A Zoom Finder covers 15-35 lenses 35mm full frame format rangefinders, film or digital, the Leica M10 series, M240 series, M9 series, all the M film cameras
plus Leica M8 /M8.2 1.3x format for 12mm to 25mm lenses (marked values)
plus Micro 4/3 cameras 2x format for 7.5mm to 17.5mm lenses (marked values)
Voigtlander 15mm to 35mm Zoom Finder Specs
Click stops at 15mm, 18mm, 21mm, 25mm, 28mm, 35mm full frame lens sizes
Adjustable between click sizes, for example between 16mm and 18mm
8 elements in 7 groups, 3 prisms
Eyepiece Diopter continuously adjustable from +1.3 to -2.8
Parallax lines at top of image show cut off at 1 meter - full image for infinity viewing
Eye Relief: 15mm from eyepiece
Image magnification -- zooming .22x to .47x life size
Weight 98 grains
Small carrying pouch included with viewfinder
Roughly half the size of the Leica 16-28 Universal Wide Angle Finder
Turn locking ring to lock viewfinder into camera's accessory shoe
Image ratio Horizontal to Vertical 3:2
How to tell difference between Type A & B? Type A has 1.5x setting, Type B has 2x setting
RANGEFINDER NEWBIES: Focus the lens using the camera's rangefinder, then switch your eye to the viewfinder to compose your shot. Its reason for being is to provide a viewfinder for wide angles -- wider than what your camera's own built in viewfinder provides. Of course the widest built in viewfinder coverage varies from camera to camera model.
Type B Zoom Finder adjusted for the Voigtlander 15mm lens mounted on the Olympus EP1
Tom Abrahamson's Take on the Voigtlander 15-35 Zoom FinderI am just back from Japan and I had a chance to play with the 15-35 finder. As with all CV finders, it is incredible bright - virtually no light loss looking through it! It is a zoom finder so you don't have the "surround" of a frame line finder. It zooms in to the focal length and shows the image against a black background instead.
It has three different scales on it. The primary one, a chrome ring" shows the focal length for 24x36mm, the second scale (cut out and white numbers against a black back ground) shows a 1,3 size (M8) and the third scale shows the 1.5 magnification of a RD -1. Sound cluttered but actually worked nicely.
Some distortion at extreme wide setting (15/18 mm) but not worse than on a dedicated finder. The foot has a screw down lock on it so that it is held down securely. Not small, but better than the Leica AM/FM radio looking thing. Oh, almost forgot - it has a built in diopter adjustment on the eyepiece too!
Before you all ask - No, I don't know the price - but even so I want one! It would make my Bessa T's very useful too.
I also had the opportunity to use the coupled 15f4.5 Heliar. Very nice package - M-mount and high build quality. Feels rock solid and a 52mm filter size justifies a miss-spent youth with Nikon F's and the lenses for that. I have a lot of those 52mm filters to put to use once the M-mount 15f4.5 makes its way to me.
The smaller format Leica M8/8.2 as well as the Epson RD1 can use the Voigtlander 15-35 Zoom Finder with 12mm or 15mm lenses!
Epson RD1 digital M mount rangefinder with Voigtlander 15-35 Zoom Finder and Voigtlander 15/4.5 M mount super wide angle lens. Notice the finder is set at 15 in the 1.5x scale -- the format size for the RD1
10, 12, 15, 21, 25, 28, 35, 40, 50, 75, 90 Viewfinders
Left to Right: Top Row 40, 50 Silver, 50 Black, 75 Black, 75 Silver, 90 Black, 90 Silver -- Bottom Row 12, 15, 21, 25, 28 Metal Chrome, 28 Plastic, 28 Metal Black, 35 Metal Chrome, 35 Plastic, 35 Metal Black. Which newly introduced viewfinders are missing from this pic?
Generally all Voigtlander finders offer bright clear views at a fraction of the price of Leica M accessory finders. I am not alone in believing that for all practical purposes, the Voigtlander finders are just as good as their more expensive Leica M counterparts, and they are sometimes better. Six Version I finders use the same outer plastic housing: 15, 21, 25, 28, 35, 40. Likewise the 28 and 35 metal brightline finders also share the same outer housing, while the 50 and 75 brightlines also share an outer housing. The 50, 75, and 90 are all have 1x magnification, or life size finders. The 28, 35, 50, 75, and 90 finders are of a retro style with beautiful fit and finish. They are a perfect match to many classic rangefinders.
New Brightline Voigtlander 10mm Viewfinder
$279 Order Here - the 1st and only 10mm rangefinder viewfinder
2010 Update: New improved Metal Version II 12mm, 15mm and 21/25mm viewfinders were introduced.
New Brightline Voigtlander 12mm Viewfinder II
$289 Order Here
The new smaller version II 12mm viewfinder was introduced in 2010 with the new M mount 12/5.6 lens. Version II is more expensive than its predecessor, but now provides not only a brightline, but also an improved brighter image with less distortion! It uses the same basic viewfinder housing as the new metal 15 viewfinder. 12 VF II Tech Specs: 5 elements in 5 groups, .28 magnification, -.32 diopter, weight 55 grams, brightline shows 92% of on film image at 3 meters.
Voigtlander 12mm Viewfinder I Discontinued / Sold Out
The Voigtlander 12mm Viewfinder I is all metal with a black crinkle finish with a bright sharp image but no brightline frameline. It contains aspherical elements and is difficult to manufacture. This version 12 viewfinder is included with the Leica screw mount 12/5.6 lens. Some people have had their heavy 12mm finder fall off the camera, killing itself on concrete or rocks. So be careful with it. Like most wide angle finders, it has no manual parallax compensation. 12 VF I Tech Specs: 4 elements in 4 groups, .36 magnification, -1 diopter, weight 68 grams.
New Brightline Voigtlander 15mm Viewfinder II
$209 Order Here
Side by Side: The Version I and Version II Voigtlander 15mm Viewfinders
The new smaller version II 15mm viewfinder was introduced in 2010 with the new M mount 15/4.5 lens. Version II is more expensive than its predecessor, but now provides not only a brightline, but also an improved brighter image with less distortion! It uses the same basic viewfinder housing as the new metal 12 viewfinder. Note Version II has a metal foot, while Version I uses a plastic foot.
Voigtlander 15mm Viewfinder I $169 Order Here
The 15 finder has a clear, wide, bright views, but no brightline. The 15 and 25 finders are the same size, but clearly labeled, available in black only. It has glass optics and a hard to scuff outer plastic casing. Like most super wide angle finders, it has no manual parallax compensation. 15 VF Tech Specs: 93% of view at 3 meters, no brightline, 4 elements in 4 groups, .38 magnification, -1 Diopter, weight 33 grams.
Voigtlander 18mm Viewfinder Discontinued / Sold Out
Voigtlander did not officially make a 18mm Viewfinder
BUT the Brightline 12mm RD1 Viewfinder = 18mm on Full Frame!
This viewfinder is discontinued and sold out at the factory, only a few remain at CameraQuest
Voigtlander 21mm Brightline Viewfinder I Discontinued / Sold Out
The 21 brightline finder was introduced in May 2001 with the 21/4. It has glass optics and a hard to scuff outer plastic casing. The Voigtlander 21 finder is especially interesting as an inexpensive alternative to the expensive Leica 21 brightline, Contax 21 finder, or Nikon 21 finders. Many shooters find they prefer the Voigtlander 21 finder to the Leica. Like most wide angle finders, it has no manual parallax compensation -- but it does have parallax compensation marks in the finder. The lower dotted brightlines indicate the approximate view at about 3 feet. The upper solid brightlines indicate the approximate view at infinity. 21 VF Tech Specs: .42 magnification, 5 elements in 4 groups, -1 Diopter, weight 31 grams. April 2010: the 21 viewfinder was discontinued and replaced by TWO different 21/25 combination viewfinders - one metal bodied and one plastic bodied. The 21mm Version I viewfinder is still available while supplies last.
Voigtlander 25 Brightline Viewfinder I Discontinued / Sold Out
The original 25 Voigtlander finder introduced in January 1999 did not have brightlines. In January 2001 a new 25 brightline finder was introduced with the SC 25 lens for Nikon and Contax rangefinders. Over the next few months the new brightline began shipping with the 25 Leica screw mount lens. If your 25 Voigtlander finder has no brightlines, it is the older version. Both versions use glass optics and a hard to scuff outer plastic casing. Like most wide angle finders, it has no manual parallax compensation -- but it does have parallax compensation marks in the finder. The lower dotted brightlines indicate the approximate view at about 3 feet. The upper solid brightlines indicate the approximate view at infinity. 25 VF Tech Specs: 92% of view at 3 meters, no brightline, 4 elements in 4 groups, .49 magnification, -1 Diopter, weight 30 grams. April 2010: the 21 viewfinder was discontinued and replaced by TWO different 21/25 combination viewfinders - one metal bodied and one plastic bodied.
NEW Metal Voigtlander 21/25mm Combination Brightline Viewfinder
$209 Order Here
April 2010: Voigtlander replaced the 21 and 25 brightline finders with a new metal COMBINATION 21/25 Brightline Viewfinder. The metal 21/25 version offers a slightly brighter image with less distortion. Note Metal 21/25 has a metal foot, while plastic bodied 21/25 uses a plastic foot. Left to right above: the plastic bodied Voigtlander viewfinder, chrome and black versions of the metal 21/25 Voigtlander viewfinder, and the Voigtlander 21mm Version 1 viewfinder for size comparison. The older 21 and 25 Version I viewfinders are discontinued but still available while supplies last.
Voigtlander 28mm Brightline Viewfinder I Discontinued / Sold Out
The 28 plastic brightline finder has glass optics and a hard to scuff outer plastic casing. Parallax correction marks are in the finder. Image is bright and clear. For all practical purposes the image is the same as the chrome Leitz brightline. The much lower cost of the Voigtlander finder makes it a best buy. Like most wide angle finders, it has no manual parallax compensation -- but it does have parallax compensation marks in the finder. The lower dotted brightlines indicate the approximate view at about 3 feet. The upper solid brightlines indicate the approximate view at infinity. 28 Plastic VF Tech Specs: 5 elements in 4 groups, .5 magnification, -1 Diopter, weight 28 grams. Version I was replaced by the improved metal bodies Version II 28mm brightline finder.
Voigtlander 28mm Metal Brightline Viewfinder -- Superb 28mm VF Order Here
Discontinued - some remain in stock
The Voigt 28 Viewfinder is proving very popular on the Ricoh GR and Sigma DP1
January 2003 saw the introduction of a new all metal 28 brightline High Point brightline finder. It is a great 28 brightline viewfinder, bettered only by the much more expensive Zeiss Ikon 25/28 finder. . With its High Point design, all the corners are easily seen by a person wearing glasses. The fit and finish of the metal finder is quite high. Like most wide angle finders, it has no manual parallax compensation -- but it does have parallax compensation marks in the finder. The lower dotted brightlines indicate the approximate view at about 3 feet. The upper solid brightlines indicate the approximate view at infinity. I expect the metal 28 brightline finder to become quite popular. Not only is it a great 28 finder, it also looks right at home on classic cameras such as the screw mount Leicas, screw mount Leica copies, Leica M3, classic Contax, and Nikon S2. 28 Metal VF Tech Specs: 3 elements in 3 groups, .43 magnification, -1 Diopter, weight 51 grams.
Voigtlander 28 / 35mm Brightline Mini-Viewfinder - when available Order Here
The Voigt 28/35 Viewfinder is proving very popular on the Ricoh GR and Sigma DP1, Ricoh and Epson RD1 MINI-FINDERS
Black and chrome Mini-Finders along side the current metal black and chrome 35mm viewfinders
and the discontinued plastic 35mm viewfinder
Introduced at PMA in Las Vegas February 2004, the 28/35 Brightline Mini-Finder weighs in at an amazing 19grams. It has .5 Magnification, a minus .5 Diopter adjustment, and 5 elements in 5 groups. Both the 28 and 35 brightlines are visible at all times. Chrome and black versions are available. Mini-Finders are shown here besides the larger Voigtlander 35 metal finders, and the plastic 35 finder. While the larger metal 28 or 35 finders are quite simply the best 28 and 35 brightlines ever made, the combination 28/35 Mini-Finder is still compares well to them. Parallax at 3 feet / 1 meter is indicated by a line at the top right of the brightlines.
The 28/35 Mini-Finder is a particularly good compact finder choice for Leica screw mount bodies, the Leica M3, and Voigtlander R3A / R3M (which have no 28 or 35 framelines). The 28/35 Minifinder is shown here mounted on my Shintaro painted hammertone Leica IIIg.
Voigtlander 35mm Brightline Viewfinder I - Discontinued / Sold Out
The 35 plastic brightline finder has glass optics and a hard to scuff outer plastic casing. Parallax correction marks are in the finder. Image is bright and clear. For all practical purposes the image is the same as the chrome Leitz brightline. The much lower cost of the Voigtlander finder makes it a best buy. Like most wide angle finders, it has no manual parallax compensation -- but it does have parallax compensation marks in the finder. The lower dotted brightlines indicate the approximate view at about 3 feet. The upper solid brightlines indicate the approximate view at infinity. 35 Plastic VF Tech Specs: 4 elements in 4 groups, .68 magnification, -1 Diopter, weight 24 grams.
Voigtlander 35mm Metal Brightline Viewfinder -- Superb 35mm VF Order Here
Discontinued - some remain in stock
March 2003 saw the introduction of a new all metal 35mm brightline finder with the 35/1.2. It became available June 2003. In my opinion it is the best 35mm brightline finder I have ever seen. With its High Point design, all the corners are easily seen by a person wearing glasses. The fit and finish of the metal finder is quite high. Like most wide angle finders, it has no manual parallax compensation -- but it does have parallax compensation marks in the finder. The lower dotted brightlines indicate the approximate view at about 3 feet. The upper solid brightlines indicate the approximate view at infinity. I expect the metal 35 brightline finder to become quite popular. Not only is it the best 35 brightline in my opinion, it also looks right at home on classic cameras such as the screw mount Leicas, screw mount Leica copies, Leica M3, classic Contax, and Nikon S2. This 35mm finder has proven VERY popular with Leica X1 owners.
In the center is the classic chrome Leitz 35 brightline, compared to the smaller Voigtlander metal 35 brightline.
Voigtlander 40mm Brightline Viewfinder -- Discontinued / Sold Out
replaced by improved metal 40mm Brightline Viewfinder
Sigma DP2 - also great with the Voigtlander 40mm Viewfinder! More eye relief than the Sigma finder!
March 2002 saw the introduction of a new 40mm brightline finder. It has glass optics and a hard to scuff outer plastic casing. The same finder was with Rollei label was also sold as an accessory for the Cosina made Rollei RF 40/2.8 lens. These are apparently the ONLY 40mm brightline finder ever sold to the public. The 40 brightline viewfinder was in production about two years before the Voigtlander 40/1.4 was introduced. Like most wide angle finders, it has no manual parallax compensation -- but it does have parallax compensation marks in the finder. The lower dotted brightlines indicate the approximate view at about 3 feet. The upper solid brightlines indicate the approximate view at infinity. If you want to shoot your 40/2 M mount from your Leica CL, Minolta CL, or Minolta CLE on another M body, this is the finder for you. There is also a Rollei 40/2.8 Sonnar for the Rollei 35 RF, a Leica priced re-badged silver Bessa R2. Cosina apparently manufactures the lens barrels for the new Rollei 40/2.8 Sonnar.
Voigtlander 50mm Brightline Viewfinder -- when available Order Here
50 Viewfinders are DISCONTINUED
The 50mm Voigtlander brightline finder is beautifully made a metal body and glass optics. It shows an obvious similarity to the classic and long discontinued Leica 50mm brightline finder. With a 1x life size magnification, the 50 Voigtlander finder can be shot with both eyes open, a very convenient feature. The image is very bright and clear. It has no manual parallax compensation -- but it does have parallax compensation marks in the finder. The lower dotted brightlines indicate the approximate view at about 3 feet. The upper solid brightlines indicate the approximate view at infinity. with parallax correction marks. Metal body with glass optics, weight just over 1 oz. Brightline compensation marks in finder. 50 VF Tech Specs: 3 elements in 1 group, 1x. magnification, -0 Diopter, weight 32 grams.
Voigtlander 50mm Brightline Anniversary Viewfinder -- 101 Heliar Set version - discontinued
A new style 50mm brightline finder was made just for the Bessa T 101 Heliar Anniversary set, shaped much like the 90mm brightline. It has no manual parallax compensation -- but it does have parallax compensation marks in the finder. The lower dotted brightlines indicate the approximate view at about 3 feet. The upper solid brightlines indicate the approximate view at infinity. with parallax correction marks. Unfortunately the 101 50mm finder does not have the ample eye relief of the standard production 50mm brightline. Many shooters prefer the standard production Voigtlander 50mm brightline to this finder.
Voigtlander 75mm Brightline Viewfinder $149 Order Here
75 Viewfinders are DISCONTINUED but still IN STOCK
The metal 75 Voigtlander brightline is available in either black or chrome. It is the same size as the standard 50 brightline, they share the same outer housing. With a 1x life size magnification, the 75 Voigtlander finder can be shot with both eyes open, a very convenient feature. It is of metal construction with excellent fit and finish. The 75 finder has no manual parallax compensation -- but it does have parallax compensation marks in the finder. The lower dotted brightlines indicate the approximate view at about 3 feet. The upper solid brightlines indicate the approximate view at infinity. with parallax correction marks. 75 VF Tech Specs: 3 elements in 1 group, 1x. magnification, -0 Diopter, weight 32 grams.
Voigtlander 90mm Brightline Viewfinder when available Order Here
The 90 brightline was introduced in Feb 2001 with the 90/3.5 APO Lanthar. With a 1x life size magnification, the 90 Voigtlander finder can be shot with both eyes open, a very convenient feature. Available in either black or chrome, the 90 is the 1st Cosina Voigtlander brightline to have dial in parallax compensation. Predictably the image is very bright and clear. It is of metal construction with excellent fit and finish. 90 VF Tech Specs: 3 elements in 1 group, 1x. magnification, -0 Diopter, weight 60 grams, manually adjustable parallax compensation from 1 meter to infinity. The outer framelines show the field of view at infinity. The inner framelines show the field of view at 3 feet / 1 meter.
Voigtlander Low Angle Viewfinder
when available Order Here
Low Angle View Finder with case with 12, 15, 21, 25 viewing attachments This is the ONLY modern rangefinder viewfinder designed for low angle viewing! These are now discontinued, sold out at the factory, and will soon very very very hard to come by.
The Low Angle Finder is the first of its kind in 35mm Rangefinder history. It allows either low angle horizontal sighting of super wides, has interchangeable lenses for 15, 21, and 25 lenses, AND rotates for low level verticals ! While made for the Bessa, it should be adaptable to practically any 35mm rangefinder camera, even those coming from Germany with a name starting with L and ending in A !! Once again, Voigtlander has beat Leica at its own game, introducing an innovative product that Leica should have made decades ago. While the 35mm Low Angle Finder is readily available, the Hasselblad SWC version is discontinued and very hard to find. The Low Angle Finder was introduced in March 2000 at the Tokyo Camera Show.
Cosina's innovation continues to amaze me. This is a new product, the likes of which no other rangefinder manufacturer has EVER produced. In essence, it's a waist level finder for low level rangefinder shots, with attachments for the 15, 21, and 25 lenses. The new 12 has a low angle attachment announced for it, but as of 6/1/01 it has not yet been released. The rear eyepiece has a built in diopter for clear viewing, and ROTATES for even more versatility. The view is NOT reversed left to right. It's a VERY bright clear view, without brightline, with parallax compensation marks. Amazingly, either way you turn the finder to the right or left, the parallax compensation marks flip to the proper orientation. With a dual setup like the one shown above, you can either have each finder for the same focal length, or have them different focal lengths, to switch back and forth between lenses without having to change finders each time.
Yikes, talk about a multi-use finder ! Swung to the side as on the far left, your body can face one direction while you take a photograph in another direction -- it's also good to use around corners in the proverbial fire fight documentary. With the finder swung upward, you can get either VERY low angles like you never got before with composed rangefinder shots, or turn it over your head to get a little bit higher than the crown. With the finder swung to the side and the camera vertical, you get low angle verticals or above the crowd verticals !
the low angle finder with 15, 21, and 25 lens attachments, and a 25 brightline finder for size comparison
Bottom Line ? if you are a serious rangefinder photog, you owe it to yourself to get the low angle finder, providing you shoot the wide angle lenses it is designed for. You will find yourself getting new shots that before were difficult if not impossible. Some will complain about the cost, but look again. You can get the angle finder and all three attachments for about the same price as a single wide angle Leica finder, or three separate focal length Voigtlander finders.
Voigtlander Double Accessory Shoe: Discontinued / Sold Out
12mm Viewfinder and Sprit Level mounted on Double Shoe
Like many of the Voigtlander accessories, these are quite unusual. There are 3 different shoes, Types A, B, or C (right to left above). They do NOT have hot shoes. These allow you to double up on the accessories of your choice, such as a finder and a VC meter, a VC meter and the angle finder, a VC meter and a flash, a regular finder and an angle finder (shown below), a wide finder and the low angle finder, or a wide finder and the bubble spirit finder. The double accessory shoe is not quite wide enough to mount two wide angle finders side by side, but it is wide enough to mount a wide angle finder alongside the 50, 75, or 90 finders. NOT suggested is using the double accessory shoe to mount a flash. #1 the Flash will likely be too wide to allow you to mount anything else in the other accessory shoe. #2 mounting a flash in the outermost accessory shoe will likely put too much leveraged strain on ANY flash shoe. #3 this is NOT a hot shoe -- it is NOT intended to mount a flash!
All three accessory shoe adapters have the same length and width -- the only difference is the height of the mounting shoe. The bottom of the mounted shoes are coated in plastic, so they won't scratch the top of your camera. IF you have a mixture of cameras and want to save a few bucks on Double Accessory shoes, the Type C will fit on practically all 35mm cameras. The disadvantage of this solution is that the higher finder height will also in increased parallax at closer focus distances.
Type A is for relatively flat topped cameras like the Bessa R, R2, R2S, R2C, Leica screw mounts and the Leica M's, having a mount height of 4 mm.
Type B has a mount height of 7 mm, works with the Bessa T or Nikon Rangefinders
Type C has a mount height of 10 mm and fits the Bessa L, Contax II or III or meterless Kiev Contax.
Your camera not listed? Measure your camera and find out. Each double acc shoe is 51 mm long by 20 mm wide. The A shoe raises the accessory shoe 3mm, the B shoe 7 mm, the C shoe 10 mm. You want to make sure the double acc shoe will extend over rewind controls, while not covering the advance and shutter release.
If you were the kid who liked to build the biggest Tonka Toy set, you might be tempted to combine double accessory shoes piggy back style -- but I don't suggest it. Eventually the weight of 300 finders and flash units will tear the top off your camera.
February 2006 UPDATE: Type B and C Double Shoes discontinued. May 2007 Type A Discontinued.
Voigtlander Brown Voigtlander Deluxe Camera Case $59 Order Here
The Deluxe Brown Bessa Case is padded and is much much nicer than the standard black camera case. It fits all Voigtlander Bessas: L, T, R, R2, R2S, R2C, R2A, R2M, R3A, R3M, R4A, R4M. It can accommodate lenses as large as the 50/1.5 Nokton IF you remove the Nokton's lens shade, as well as the Voigtlander wide angle lenses with the viewfinder, on the Voigtlander bodies (but not the Zeiss Ikon). The top is removable for quicker use, as well as with larger lenses like the 35/1.2, 75/2.5, and 90/3.5. Bessa camera cases use the camera's strap lugs, and have no tripod socket. They are not usable with the Bessa Grips or the trigger winder. The bottom half of the Bessa cases are identical, and interchangeable between the various models. Voigtlander cases are made of a plastic leatherette. Custom leather cases can be found, often for more than you paid for the Voigtlander camera. In my opinion the cases work best with the tops detached to allow easy access to picture taking, with only the bottom of the case left on to protect the camera. Cases are NOT included with by the factory with Cosina Voigtlander lenses or cameras.
The standard Bessa Case has the advantage of taking the 50/1.5 with hood and cap, but can not accommodate the wide angle lenses WITH viewfinder, or the 35/1.2, 75/2.5 and 90/3.5
Voigtlander Lens Cases Order Here
Black VL-1 Discontinued / Sold Out
The two Voigtlander lens cases are designed for wide angle lenses, with a foam lined top compartment for the viewfinder, and a bottom foam lined compartment for the lens. The VL-1 was originally designed for the 15/4.5. The VL-1 also fits the 21/4 screw mount, 25/4 screw mount, 28/3.5, 35/2.5C, 50/3.5 and 50/2.5. Note the VL-1 does NOT fit the later M mount 21/4P and 25/4P lenses. The VL-2 was originally designed for the 12/5.6. The VL-2 also fits 21/4P, 25/4 P, 35/2.5 PII, 35/1.4, 40/1.4, and the 50/2 with a bit of pushing. It will also fit the Voigtlander SC 21/4, 25/4, 28/3.5 35/2.5 made for classic Nikon and Zeiss Contax cameras. Voigtlander does not make lens cases large enough for the 28/1.9, 35/1.7, 35/1.2, 50/1.5, 75/2.5, or 90/3.5, or the SL lens series for SLR cameras.
Voigtlander Bessa Trigger Winder $229 Order Here
Discontinued but STILL IN STOCK!
Trigger Winder mounted on gray Bessa R2A with 35/2.5 PII. Trigger Winder mounted on Bessa R2 with Leica 50/2 Summicron
What's a Trigger Winder? It's a mechanical bottom lever film advance, an idea first used by Leica in the 1930's. Mechanical, that's right, NO batteries. The Voigtlander Trigger Winder is just another way to advance the film. You still use the top mounted shutter release. With practice you can shoot 3 frames per second without the battery dependency of a motordrive. The Voigtlander Trigger Winder fits the Bessa T, R2, R2S, R2C, R2A, R3A, and Bessaflex. It will not mount on the Bessa L or R. The Trigger winder attaches easily and removes quickly via the bottom screw to the camera base plate. You can reload the camera with the Trigger Winder attached. It has two tripod sockets, as well as a lower strap lug which allows vertical mounting of the camera strap.
This is one "motordrive" that works without batteries. Some shooters find the Grip A makes operation more comfortable. When the trigger is retracted into the body, the camera is still fully operational by the normal film advance.
If you are left eyed, you will probably find the Trigger Winder much more convenient than hitting your forehead with the right handed lever film advance. The Trigger Winder also provides a comfortable grip, as well as strap lugs for mounting the camera vertically rather than horizontally. Some photogs prefer adding the vertical Grip A, which provides a palm rest while using the Trigger Winder -- just like a similar grip for classic Canon rangefinder trigger wind advances. Grip A screws into the tripod socket at the end of the winder base plate. Try the Trigger Winder, you might be surprised.
Voigtlander Bessa Side or Vertical Grip $45 Order Here
Left to right: Side Grip, Grip B (Discontinued and Sold Out), Grip A (Discontinued, in stock)
A new series of innovative Bessa camera grips were introduced in March 2000. Though they are designed for the Bessa, it is obvious the A and B grip will work with many cameras. April 2006 Ball and long grips discontinued. Side Grips remain in production.
Either A or B grips can be comfortably used easily with most any smaller camera with a center mounted tripod socket. Strangely enough, I tried it with my M6 and it works too, though it take a bit of getting used to. Another option is using Grip A on the Trigger Winder -- Canon used a similar device on their rangefinder trigger winders decades ago.
The side grip is very comfortable, and has hidden benefits.
a more comfortable grip
the grip's extra strap lug changes the balance of the camera, so that a horizontally strapped camera will hang closer to the body, by mounting one end of the strap on the camera, the other end of the strap on the side grip.
protection for the camera's bottom plate
the single strap lug is large enough to use a single anchor point and carry the camera vertically!
the larger base allows the camera to sit upright with most of the 50 and smaller lenses
fits ALL Cosina Voigtlander Bessas
Voigtlander Spirit Level
Discontinued SOLD OUT
September 2000 saw the introduction of the "Spirit Level" with the screw mount ultra wide 12/5.6 Heliar. While introduced with the 12mm, this bubble level can be used with practically any lens, whether mounted in the accessory shoe of your SLR or on your Rangefinder, side by side your wide angle finder on the double accessory shoe as shown in the picture above. Designed with maximum versatility in mind, this ingenious level is usable not only with other 15, 25, 28, and 35 Voigtlander wides, but also with other makes of rangefinder cameras and lenses, such as those popular in Wetzlar and Solms.
12/5.6 mounted on a Leica M3, with the 77mm filter adapter, spirit bubble level, and double accessory shoe.
The "sprit level" is a unique bubble level, marvelously designed to be better than any other 35mm bubble level ever made. It's stoutly made of metal with a black crinkle finish, offering both direct and optical leveling. Notice the bubble is easily visible from all four sides, allowing the photog to level the camera quickly. Amazingly, the best vision of the bubble is though the rear eyepiece, designed so that the shooter can look though the 12mm finder and the bubble level SIMULTANEOUSLY. The fixed mount of the bubble level is angled towards the presumed side by side wide angle finder for the photog's convenience. Geez, it's amazing what can happen when the chief designer (Cosina's President Mr. Kobayashi) is an experienced photog.
Deluxe Voigtlander Camera Strap Discontinued, Sold Out
This is a very nice fixed length camera strap, originally available in either black or olive. The olive straps are discontinued and now sold out. The Voigtlander Deluxe Strap is constructed of high strength 3/4" rope fabric, 35" length ring to ring. It is has leather reinforcements on the strap ends, and leather inserts to protect camera body from strap rings. "Voigtlander Germany Since 1786" is inscribed on the leather insert. The middle of the strap is also reinforced for better neck support. The fixed strap length is 35." I find it an excellent strap for most cameras -- of any make!
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Standard Replacement Eyepiece Diopter Eyepieces
The screw in eyepieces of the Voigtlander Bessa R2A, R2M, R3A, R3M, R4A, R4M, Bessaflex, Bessa III, Bessa III Wide, Zeiss Ikon ZM, and Fuji X-Pro1 all take the same standard plain eyepiece and optional diopters. Tighten them down so they won't work loose. The diopters are available in increments of one, from -3, -2, -1 to +1, +2 and +3.
Which Strobe For Your Bessa?
AS you may have noticed, there are no Voigtlander strobe units. The Cosina Voigtlander Bessas do not have dedicated flash circuits, so they don't required dedicated flash units. Personally I use the flashes from my Nikon SLRs on my Bessas, set to auto using the sensor on the flash. You select your desired f/stop on the flash, then transfer that f/stop to your lens and shoot away. Of course you can use practically any flash unit with its own auto sensor, not just Nikon flash units.
My Favorite Voigtlander Accessories
My own favorite Voigtlander accessories in terms of the most often used, are the side grip, MiniSoftRelease, and the deluxe Voigtlander camera strap. Each of my personal Bessas, Leica M's, and Nikon rangefinders are so equipped. The Voigtlander finders offer fantastic value for the money. The new 2010 15-35 Zoomfinder and Version II 12, 15, and 21/25 metal viewfinders are the best super wide Voigtlander viewfinders yet. The double accessory shoe with a VCII meter and the appropriate finder for your lens offer versatility for older non metered cameras that simply has never been available before. I love the VCII meter on my M2, M3, IIIg, and Nikon SP. The low angle finder is in a class by itself, a unique great finder if low angle RF shots are your cup of tea.
Damn, I love to see intelligently designed accessories that make picture taking easier.
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