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Here's a view through my Sony Zeiss 35mm viewfinder which arrived today. Pardon the mess on my desk.
Frame-lines seems most accurate at between 0.7 to 1m. At 1.5 to 2m distances, the actual image is already outside of the frame lines. According to the manual, it has a magnification of 0.58x, 6 group 6 elements with field rate of 85%. Not sure what the field rate means?
1. Its creates a nice and bright view for those who prefer an optical finder
2. I do not have a CV35 finder so can't compare directly. I do have a CV28 metal finder and when comparing both, the Zeiss finder is significantly brighter, with less distortion and also sharper.
3. Its lighter than the CV finder at 1.2oz compared to CV's 1.8oz and you can feel the difference in your hands.
4. Since the OVF is not the same size as the EVF, the padding on both cases are not compatible, ie, you would not be able to fit either into the others' case.
5. If I thought the EVF felt loose on the hotshoe, the Zeiss viewfinder feel even less secure.
I think for most users, this OVF is an overkill price-wise and a CV35 metal finder should probably suffice. Not sure if I will keep it or just return it because of its price. The way I see it, I will still carry both EVF and OVF and use either depending on shooting situations, otherwise leave the finder on the camera and for accurate framing, use the LCD instead.
The instruction manual is interesting. Part of it says
1. Do not touch the lens
2. Careless handling can lead to injury
3. When using it outside, be careful not to get it wet with rain or seawater
4. Do not subject to direct sunlight leave in enclosed car or use near heaters