Helios Viewfinder + GF1

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by Atto, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. Atto

    Atto New to Mu-43

    Hello, I just received my Helios viewfinder and I want to share with you.
    Framelines for 35, 85 and 135mm. I will use it mostly with the pancake.

    What do you think? is not cute?



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  2. eolake

    eolake Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 21, 2009
    Lancashire, England
    Yes, really cute. I like using a screen, but maybe I'll consider this.
    how close is the 35mm lines to the 20mm capture?

    And how much space is there outside the 35mm lines? (I think that's an advantage to a viewfinder, if you can see what's outside the frame.)
  3. eolake

    eolake Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 21, 2009
    Lancashire, England
    Durn, I'd love to have that leather cover, but it's gone from the site.
  4. eolake

    eolake Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 21, 2009
    Lancashire, England
    Hey, it seems I can get that viewfinder for only £20! (About $30.) Dang cheap. I'm biting, that's reasonable even for just a day's play.
  5. Atto

    Atto New to Mu-43

    Eolake, using 3:2 format is very accurate the VF compared to the pancake. Also 4:3 is pretty easy to use.

    Remember: no parallax compensation, distances minor than 2 meters you need to compensate using your brain.
  6. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Cute indeed. The leather grip looks nice as well!
  7. eolake

    eolake Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 21, 2009
    Lancashire, England
    Thanks, Atto.

    Yes, it really is a very cute, 1940s-look.
  8. jdripper


    Dec 31, 2009
    I picked up one of these as well (on ebay).
    It works well, but you do have to get used to it. With the 20mm lens you have to estimate that what will be in the final shot lies a bit outside of the lines indicated for 35mm.
    I'm using 3:2 myself.
  9. eolake

    eolake Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 21, 2009
    Lancashire, England
    Don't you mean "a bit inside", given that 35mm is wider than 40mm-e?
  10. svenjosh

    svenjosh New to Mu-43

    Mar 26, 2010
    Really like the leather grip. Can you give a link from where you purchased from?

  11. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus

    welcome svenjosh

    Hi svenjosh, Atto hasn't been on the forum in quite some time - however, you could send him a Private Message and see if he responds? In the meantime, perhaps another member will be able to help you out. You might check out the Accessories forum where there are quite a few threads about different "skins" and grips, etc.

    And finally - welcome to mu43.com! If you care to, please stop by the Welcomes and Introductions thread. Hope to you'll continue to become involved in discussions and more.:flowers_2:
  12. angloasturian

    angloasturian Mu-43 Veteran

    Helios viewfinder

    I picked up this same viewfinder a couple of years ago (11,50 GBP/17,50 USD) because I've got a Bessa T and L which don't have viewfinders. I have VC 25mm, 35mm and two 50mm lenses. The T came with a VC 50mm and a separate hotshoe- mounted VC viewfinder which I will be able to use on the E-PL1 with the VC 25mm. The T is the 101 anniversary edition and the viewfinder is lovely:


    I'll try to use the 85 brightlines for the 35mm and the 125 for the 50mm - at least better than nothing. I have read how pleased people are with the VF2 EVF - but I think it's horrible. It completely ruins the clean lines of the body-IMO. If I find it really difficult to use in bright sunlight I'll have to consider it - but until then I might try a pop-up LCD hood. I started a thread earlier - but no replies yet. :frown: