M 8.2 - adapters and viewfinders

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I have several Olympus OM lenses from the good old days.

They are the 50mm, 28mm, 24mm and an 18mm all in 2.8

I know I can get a Fotodiox Adapter at B&H.

My question is in two parts:
a. I think I will need accessory viewfinders for the frame lines on the wider lenses?

b. What is the process for focusing?
That is...do I need to frame in the accessory viewfinder and then focus with the
Rangefinder viewfinder?


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a) Depending on the adapter, it will bring up framelines to work with the M8 up to 24mm. So your 18mm will require an external viewfinder for accurate framing. I always kind of zenned it...

b) Focusing can only be done through the camera's viewfinder, though framing can be done through either... Assuming the correct framelines exist on both.

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Would the Thumbs Up version with the second cold shoe that puts the accessory viewfinder right over the Rangefinder viewfinder help?



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a) Depending on the adapter, it will bring up framelines to work with the M8 up to 24mm. So your 18mm will require an external viewfinder for accurate framing. I always kind of zenned it...

b) Focusing can only be done through the camera's viewfinder, though framing can be done through either... Assuming the correct framelines exist on both.


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JDLaing wrote:
Would the Thumbs Up version with the second cold shoe that puts the accessory viewfinder right over the Rangefinder viewfinder help?

At first I didn't think it could make that big of a difference, and honestly I didn't want to spend the money on one. So I used a stick-on rubber bumper for a while, and it worked great. But once you try a Thumbs Up... Really does make a difference. The cold shoe is great if you use viewfinders, unlike the first model which didn't have one (though it's a nice, clean surface/look). I like 'em. I'm used to using the film advance much the same way.

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I will definitely try the Thumbs Up.

This rangefinder "stuff" is very addictive.
Maybe it is because I have to "think" about it instead of the robotics I have become used to with the DSLr cameras.



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Would the Thumbs Up version with the second cold shoe that puts the accessory viewfinder right over the Rangefinder viewfinder help?

At first I didn't think it could make that big of a difference, and honestly I didn't want to spend the money on one. So I used a stick-on rubber bumper for a while, and it worked great. But once you try a Thumbs Up... Really does make a difference. The cold shoe is great if you use viewfinders, unlike the first model which didn't have one (though it's a nice, clean surface/look). I like 'em. I'm used to using the film advance much the same way.


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JDLaing wrote:
I will definitely try the Thumbs Up.

This rangefinder "stuff" is very addictive.
Maybe it is because I have to "think" about it instead of the robotics I have become used to with the DSLr cameras.

I think you'll like it. Worse comes to worse, you can sell it again via the forum and lose little money on it.

It's addictive, no doubt. I find it very liberating. Just you and a few basic controls!

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For what I paid for it I won't lose anything based on what I've seen.

I'm really looking forward to it.
I started in the 60's with a Minolta SRT 101.

Forty some odd years later I'm reverting backwards again.
Go figure.


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Even better!

I guess you could say you're going backwards, tech-wise - but I think it might have a very positive (forward, progressing) effect on your photography.

Funny, way back I started on a RF, did the SLR and DSLR thing for a while... Now I'm back to RFs and mechanical cameras too. :)

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