From keithselmes/Keith (458)
on December 26, 2008 4:55:22 AM CST
About the time of this article, nearly one year ago, I started with a Ricoh GX100.
This has an optional electronic viewfinder which fits into the hot shoe.
It rotates to, so it works as an angle finder.
It has all the digital readout, and while its not great, its better for me than the rear LCD.
But perhaps you can add an optical VF in the same way, on the hot shoe.
The Ricoh GR Digital has a prime lens equivalent to 28mm on 35mm, and an optional optical VF which fits the hot shoe. This VF is supposed to be very good.
I believe the Panasonic LX3 also has an accessory optical VF, but only for its widest setting of 24mm equivalent.
It happens my GX100 can either zoom continuously, or in steps, equivalent to 24, 28, 35, 50, 72. Some other compacts can do this.
So I think some people are using the VF from their rangefinder at a chosen setting on their digital compact. The down side is that the viewfinders usually cover only one focal length, and either come packaged with rangefinder lenses, which each cost more than the digital camera, or they come separately at about half or one third the price of the compact. So unless you already have a full rangefinder kit, a set of quality viewfinders will cost more than the compact camera.
A possible option are the old turret lenses, some of which were Soviet made, and thus reasonably priced. There is currently a Helios finder with multiple brightlines, but these are for 35, 50, and 135, and of limited use to me.
I might try one though. They don't cost a lot, maybe 35 UKP.
Incidentally, I do like using the fold out LCD on a Canon G5. It does allow using it like a TLR, as well as other angles.