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Old Sep 20, 2012, 10:40 AM   #11
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Me too .. I;d loose the externalkl VFs so theres no chance Id get a cam without an internal VF..
But this got me remembering using my first camera - a red dot Leica IIIf. That camera had nothing built in, specifically no light meter and no variable viewfinder - the rangefinder's view was set for a 50mm lens. So I could use the shoe-mount light meter (with the large "sail" for low light reading as necessary) or the shoe-mount variable-angle viewfinder (if I changed lenses) but not both*. (I normally used the de-rigueur Gossen Luna Pro hand-held light meter.) And of course the never-ready case wouldn't allow either to stay mounted.

And somehow, at the time this never seemed inconvenient - only changing the film in that camera was a PITA.

But I don't want to go back. Here's what that Leica light meter looked like (photo from fredparcells.com). You can see how convenient it was.

Edit: I forgot that the VIOOH Viewfinder had a flash shoe on its top so you theoretically could mount both. It was a cool accessory at the time - see below.
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Never seen a picture of that light meter for a IIIF before. YUK.
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Old Sep 20, 2012, 11:19 AM   #13
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Never seen a picture of that light meter for a IIIF before. YUK.
It wasn't so bad if you didn't attach the sail, which you only needed in very low light.
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