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Optical viewfinder (hot shoe)

Paul Morgan 16 18.9k 6 England
3 Apr 2013 9:43PM
Why are they so expensive ?

Decided to make my own, well salvage from 35mm film compacts.

A 28mm and a 35mm.

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4 Apr 2013 12:14AM
Good on you! I attempted to do something similar for one of mine but couldnt get the looks right and eventually spent some spare pennies from a wee lottery bonus on a compatible 'real thing'. After all, a hot/accessory shoe mounted viewfinder is generally just a bit of target practice (depending on the lens/focal length) so a lot of the 'official' parts are just overpriced plastics
Paul Morgan 16 18.9k 6 England
4 Apr 2013 1:11AM
So far I`ve stripped a 35mm compact fitted with a 35mm lens, so the viewfinder shows 35mm within the frame lines, just waiting for the glue to dry.

Its looking good so far, paid 99p for the camera in a charity shop, better than paying 150 for something that will not be any better.
Paul Morgan 16 18.9k 6 England
4 Apr 2013 1:39AM
Glue is dry, here it is, used other parts of the old casing to tidy it up leaving it pretty neat.

Circled is the part needed.

And here it is, its attached to my x10 here, but this and the 28mm viewfinder will be used with the GF2.



pablophotographer 6 817 308
4 Apr 2013 3:03AM
Great pro work Paul, it even has a serial number Smile
Paul Morgan 16 18.9k 6 England
4 Apr 2013 3:09AM
Still got a few edges to file then a lick of paint, serial numbers from the base of the old camera, that will be disappearing Smile
timbo 15 596 United Kingdom
4 Apr 2013 12:52PM
Reckon you have a dud camera! My X10 has a viewfinder Wink
dandeakin 10 209 3 England
4 Apr 2013 1:38PM
Looks very good...
Paul Morgan 16 18.9k 6 England
4 Apr 2013 7:14PM

Quote:Reckon you have a dud camera! My X10 has a viewfinder

Yeh Smile

Discovered today I may not need to make a second.

Taking into account the M4/3 crop factor the and using the sides of the frames lines, it more or less covers 28mm.
Paul Morgan 16 18.9k 6 England
5 Apr 2013 2:46AM
I went a step further today, added wooden side panels. they just need rubbing down with fine sand paper and varnishing now.


Paul Morgan 16 18.9k 6 England
26 Apr 2013 5:29PM
I`ve got around to building a few more, this time for other people, built these using match sticks.

They just need a final rub down and varnishing.


pablophotographer 6 817 308
26 Apr 2013 10:59PM
shortly in body - matching - colours I suspect!

well done!
Snapper Plus
12 4.3k 3 United States Outlying Islands
26 Apr 2013 11:39PM
OK, it's late on a Friday so I'm not the sharpest tool in the box, but why would you need to do this for an X10 which already has an optical viewfinder? Oh, and it works at all focal lengths of the fixed lens, not just a couple of them. Maybe time for a Confused smiley! Wink
Paul Morgan 16 18.9k 6 England
27 Apr 2013 1:20AM
No there not for the x10, this already has a viewfinder, I used one of the DIY OVF`s with the x10 to make instant comparisons, not that the x10 was very good showing just 85%.

My own OVF`s give 100% within the frame lines and more outside, there just perfect for camera`s with no viewfinder and there cheap to make.
Paul Morgan 16 18.9k 6 England
2 May 2013 6:51PM
Here`s another, this one is for somebody else, I`ve ran out of fine sand paper, its not quite finished, again this one will cover 28mm.


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