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125x Magnifier

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Guest

After managing, eventually, to lay my hands on one of these, I am a little underwhelmed...

Yes, it does what it is supposed to, but it seems to make the viewfinder less contrasty. Does anyone have a similar (or different) view?
 
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Guest

Paul, I tried one out in the store. I immediately found it to be somewhat darkening, hazy and (optically) dull. I've heard the same from other people, too. The idea of a 1.25 mag is of course okay, but when I get another M6TTL or an M7, I'll likely try and work out a new 0.72-or-0.85 choice rather than a 0.72-plus-1.25 choice.
 
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Guest

Thanks for the comments on the 90 2.8 with the .72 mag. It seems that it is a personal matter, some can adjust to the smaller framing others can't. Any other comments???


Jim
 
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Guest

I also have one of these magnifiers, which I use on a o.72 M6 TTL when I have mounted a 90mm Summicron or a 135mm Tele Elmar. I am not impressed. Most of the cost must have been attributed to the well made Bovine Leather case the magnifier rests in.
 
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Guest

Neither am I impressed....the image is degraded by the 1.25 unit and seems to displace the eye when looking through the viewfinder...I kept mine only a short while and then sold it on Ebay...
 
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Guest

I actually tried to order one of these, almost a year ago, from a dealer in Jakarta. He gets his Leica stuff from Hong Kong and told me, at the time, that they were out of stock. I think he's forgotten all about it by now. Perhaps it's just as well, from people's comments!
 

lance

New Member
Thanks for relieving my curiosity. Almost ordered one this last week. Don't have to now. I'm selling my 90 Summicron anyway - don't like a tele with a rangefinder & this would have been a kludge. Now I see it's not that great of a kludge, either.
 

schif

New Member
I DO NOT understand the negative comments on the
1.25 magnifier !!!! I am using one on a M6 .72 &
think it is great. This is one of the best accessaries I have ever purchased.
I love it for 50 90 & 135 w/goggles.
I use my other M6 >72 for 35 &21 w/finder.
I think you should re-evalulate.
 

jay

Member
> I agree the 1.25x is a great accessory for someone who shoots with 2 or more > bodies. But to take it on and off as Leica intended is a royal PITA. > Originally I removed the chain from mine but the threads are so shallow that it > kept working loose (except when I wanted to take it off--then it was stuck like > glue) so I put the chain back on in case the magnifier came off. How this > *should* have been designed is with a flip-up hinged mount like magnifiers for > SLR viewfinders have.
 

jaber

Member
I agree with Thomas. I used a1.25X magnifier on my M2 with a 50 noct at F/1 and it couldn't get any sharper. Sounds unbeleivable but this combo hand held with tri-x and windowlight was sharper than my Hasselblad with a 150 at F/8, stobe, tripod, and plus-x.
 

wang

Well-Known Member
I use this magnifier in my M3 with the aspherical M 90 2. The result is good. It does help a lot in low light situations and close focusing. It does not reduces the brightness of the viewfinder.
 

agp

Well-Known Member
I am a great fan of Leicas - I have an M7 and an M2, and three (very expensive) modern lenses. I love them. However, the magnifier is absolute tat! The flimsy chain has already broken off, and it is incredibly expensive for what it is! I actually manage perfectly well without it!
 
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dkhaw

I have the magnifier on when I do hand-held shots using lenses of 50mm upwards. I believe it is a great piece of glass that helps me a lot in focussing under low lighting. Forget about the chain! I removed mine totally as it was more of a hindrence. I would rather Leica save cost by not supplying the chain.

Daniel
 

wang

Well-Known Member
M3,together with this magnifier,becomes the most accurate focusing instrument in the M series.
To me,the most tricky focusing situation is the portrait of the oblique face. It is even worse in low light and when the face is 1 m from the camera. Rather than rotating the focusing barrel, I fix the lens at 1m. I focus by moving to and fro. I focus one eye first,the other one after and click the shutter at the mean distance.
135 mm has less application than 90 and I don't have M135. I don't think it is a good idea to use 135 on M, the view of 135 is too small even when I am using M3 with a magnifier.
 
> I really like the 1.25x magnifier! My M7 has the built-in 0.85x > viewfinder already, so in combination, the view is practically the > same through both eyes, which is a lot more comfortable. I also never > bothered with the chain.
 

colin

Well-Known Member
Although I have no experience with this magnifier, it got me thinking about the Universal viewfinder that was introduced for the 21,24and 28mm lenses around the same time. What are people's experiences with this and how does it compare with the dedicated brightline v'finders for each lens? Poitives,negatives, etc.
Thanks
Colin
 
> I tried the Universal viewfinder, but found the dedicated 24mm one > much better - lighter weight & doesn't stick up so much. If you only > intend to use one of the wider lenses, I wouldn't bother with the > Universal. Jim
 
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