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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Viewfinder solutions for Merrills...

I own a DP2M and have set my eyes on a DP3M as well. But before i go for it, i think it will be prudent to find out about various third party viewfinders available in the market. Because this one is 75mm, i am afraid it will find scarce use despite its niceties...reason being the lack of a viewfinder....i don't know how to compose a short tele off a LCD screen without running a huge risk of camera shake.

These are some of the VFs i have been told about.
a) Voigtlander 75mm: this one is plain vanilla like Sigma's own VFs for DP2M and DP1M...no focus confirmation...blind date. Here's the link:

b) Xtend a view:

c) Carry speed:

d) Hoodman's hoodloupe:

e) Clear Viewer:

For DP2M and DP2M, one can use Sigma and VL's optical VFs. But its the DP3M which needs a VF more than others...and Sigma doesn't sell any VF with the DP3M.

What i want to know is: Do you guys have any experience with these, on any other camera also, and your experience about these.

From b) to e): They all say that they provide sort of sun shade in bright light outdoors...but what i am looking for is stability handheld...do they also provide stability like your good old OVF in DSLRs?
Another thing is: Do they show you the full scene? Or they essentially magnify only a part of it so that you can only manually focus?

Any inputs will help,

Apr 13, 2013 at 09:51 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Viewfinder solutions for Merrills...

Not much experience here I guess. Surprising because the DP2M's screen is so unusable in bright light.

Apr 28, 2013 at 11:55 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Viewfinder solutions for Merrills...

Not sure if those b) to e) options are bringing you too close to Sigma DSLR territory...
I mean, how much cheaper/smaller is 2 DPMs + one of those gigantosaurus attachable OVFs? Next you might find the batteries are too weak so lets get a few of those, and there is no room to put your hand so lets add a grip, and maybe you'll end up building a DSLR piece by piece

this doesnt look like a pocket camera anymore ...

Apr 29, 2013 at 01:13 AM

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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Viewfinder solutions for Merrills...

What? Those options are huge!! More bulky than the camera itself (or a NEX-6/7 + 50 1.8 ) ... I would rather use something like this

or simply use a naked DP3M

Apr 29, 2013 at 01:46 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Viewfinder solutions for Merrills...

Or wait until the replacement with an EVF

Apr 29, 2013 at 02:03 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Viewfinder solutions for Merrills...

I use a Hoodman loupe on my DP2M but principally because the sun is so bright here in India that it enables me to see the screen when outdoors. It also enables me to steady the camera against my eye when using it off tripod.
I'd be interested to know of any IQ-comparable DSLRs that are as light and compact as my DP2M and HL however!
As soon as I can lay my hands on a DP3M I'll be using it on that as well.

Apr 29, 2013 at 02:39 AM

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