It seems that smart folks have discovered how to turn the Panasonic Lumix LX3 or Leica DLUX 4 into very usable street and travel photography cameras, with the addition of an external viewfinder. Even though the wide setting on these cameras is 24mm the finder of choice is actually a 21mm! Judging by the amount of finders we are selling this has proved very popular.
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The Voigtlander 21mm Viewfinder works perfectly on the Panasonic Lumix LX3 (and presumably the more expensive Leica d-lux4 equivalent). And it’s lots cheaper than the (very hard to find) Panasonic version.
WITH glasses, the bright frame is clearly visible and accurately frames the 24mm fully wide setting. No idea why a 21mm viewfinder is accurate for a 24mm lens but it is. It’s not immediately obvious but if you go into the SETTINGS menu and turn the “External Viewfinder” option ON then multiple presses of the “Display” button turns the LCD OFF completely but leaves the Focus LED working. Since the default of the camera is 24m you have an instant no-display street camera with a quality viewfinder. The flash cann’t pop up, but who cares. Very nice.
I myself have been using these finders on both the M6 and M8 for a few years now and have been very pleased with their performance and durability. I even accidentally dropped one down a set of stone steps at Machu Picchu thinking… oh no ! When retrieved it was fine, just a tad scuffed. Handy tip: to store your finders get a small velvet jewelery bag.
They are also available in other focal lengths for all other viewfinder needs. You can see them all here on our webpage in Voigtlander Viewfinders.