After reading this post about the Canon AF7 or 8 by Christos, I wondered if it was possible to use the gorgeous viewfinder of this humble lump of plastic on a real camera such as the Leica IIIa which has a definitely crappy viewfinder – at least if you wear glasses like me.
Of course I shot a roll of film with the Canon – you never know… but it did not convince me as the right thing for me. Sure, the viewfinder is yummy, but that noise… Sorry Hamish, but all those cameras with those whirring motors don’t do it for me.
So I brought out my screwdriver set and went about dismantling the Canon (well in the end I had to use a bit of force to get the shell open…). Here’s the Viewfinder with it’s small auto-focus appendages. Beware, this is not for the faint-of-heart as it involves rather crude workmanship…
Next, I used a fine saw to hack off the lateral pieces, sawed and filed off the plastic nobs on the casing, wrapped the whole thing in black electrical tape and stuck it on top of my Leica IIIa with a bit more electrical tape.
And Tadaa… a Leica IIIa with a monstrous, clear, very usable and f…ugly viewfinder:
Of course I’d like to source a hot shoe from some defunct flash to be able to use it like it’s meant to be (or not…). And yes I know, that’s a 50mm Summitar with a 35mm finder… I’ll get a a 35mm lens one day. In the meantime, it proves the concept for me. Though I really do need that hotshoe as the sticky tape I used comes off in the hot weather….
Hope I have not shocked anyone too badly by the hack, but the Canon was cheap (darn, I missed the bloody M4 challenge) and not really my kind of thing.