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Voigtlander 15-35 Multi Format Zoomfinder

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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.

Tom Ridout" 

The Zoomfinder's eyepiece has built in diopter adjustment.  The foot has a locking ring to lock the finder in place upon your camera.

FIVE for ONE!  The 15-35 Zoomfinder has the same function as five separate finders: 15, 21, 25, 28, and 35!


Type A Multi-Format for full frame 35mm film and M9, 1.3x Leica M8/8.2 and 1.5x Epson RD-1 Rangefinders!

Sony NEX cameras and Ricoh GXR M are also covered, as they have the same 1.5x crop factor as the RD-1!


Type B Multi-Format for full frame 35mm film and M9, 1.3x Leica M8/8.2 and 2x Micro 4/3!


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!

In my opinion there is likely to be a shortage of these initially due to high demand. 

Imagine:  ONE viewfinder that can be used to cover practically all wide angle lenses for practically all 35mm rangefinder 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 Zoomfinder viewfinder can be used with virtually ALL interchangeable 35mm film rangefinder cameras by ALL manufacturers, as well as the digital Leica M8 and 8.2 and the Epson RD1, 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 Zoomfinder 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 Zoomfinder 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 Zoomfinder is delivered with its own Voigtlander pouch,  which of course can be used for other Voigtlander finders.

Voigtlander 15-35 Zoomfinder with the new metal Voigtlander 21/25, 15, and 12 Brightline Viewfinders



March 2009 MY OH MY! Just when things were getting a bit stagnant in the rangefinder world, Cosina's Mr. Kobayashi and Voigtlander introduce a wonderful, practical, and much needed multi format 15-35 wide angle viewfinder --  the likes of which has never been seen before in the world of rangefinders.   Above, the Voigtlander 15-35 Zoomfinder mounted on digital Leica M8.2 body with Voigtlander 15/4.5 Super Wide lens.


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 Zoomfinder covers 15-35 lenses 35mm full frame format including the Leica M9

                        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 B Zoomfinder covers 15-35 lenses 35mm full frame format including the Leica M9              

              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 Zoomfinder Specs

Type B Zoomfinder adjusted for the Voigtlander 15mm lens mounted on the Olympus EP1



Voigtlander 15-35 Zoomfinder mounted on Zeiss Ikon 35mm film body with Voigtlander 21/4 lens

Voigtlander 15-35 Zoomfinder mounted on Leica M3 35mm film body with Voigtlander 28/2 lens.



Tom Abrahamson's Take on the NEW 15-35 Zoomfinder Viewfinder

I 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.
Bests to Everybody,
Tom A   

Copyright Tom Abrahamson 2009 All Rights Reserved


The smaller format Leica M8/8.2 as well as the Epson RD1 can use the Voigtlander 15-35 Zoomfinder with 12mm or 15mm lenses!

Epson RD1 digital M mount rangefinder with Voigtlander 15-35 Zoomfinder 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

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