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Home made DE-1

Price of the non metered DE-1 finder is now much more expensive than metered finders, including the DP-12, because collectors and some users prefer its smaller size. I have seen some home made DE-1s, and the best I’ve seen so far is from a customer in Germany. He used the bottom half of a Photomic finder, and made the top cover using 0.8mm brass sheets. Since he could only bend the brass sheet in one direction, there was some limitation in the design and shape of the cover. Different pieces of copper shapes were then soldered together to form the top cover.

Bottom part and top cover

Top cover painted black

Leatherette added to the top cover

Home made DE-1 on an F2 body