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SonyFDA-V1K Optical Viewfinder
 
3.6

(based on 5 reviews)

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2.0

Disappointing misfit for this camera.

By Ansel wannabe

from detroit michigan

About Me Business Professional, Traveler

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Bright Projection
  • Good Color Fidelity
  • Lightweight
  • Portable
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Sony FDA-V1K Optical Viewfinder:

      I have been eagerly awaiting the beautiful Sony DSC-RX1R, for its magnificent images and portability. I am a serious amateur with numerous L lenses for the Canon 5D mkiii, and frustrated by how many times I left it home because of the hassle of carrying around this heavy equipment. But in bright daylight I still had to shoot blind and had hoped this Zeiss viewfinder would be a good as the Zeiss 35mm distagon I use for my Canon. But this viewfinder does not display any of the data that most photographers want to have in a viewfinder. I could even accepted it if it only provided a focus bracket. so instead of shooting blind because of the sun, I had to discover that this very expensive gadget left me equally blind to shoot with guesswork about the focus. when I used the screen to get preliminary exposure settings right I would have to take my eye up to the viewfinder to see how it looked, but no guidance from the viewfinder. it is a lovely piece of expensive glass that would be nicer to look at in the dark than to photograph with in the light. Get an electronic finder.

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      5.0

      The best current 35mm optical viewfinder

      By SK Saito

      from Hawaii

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Bright
      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Traveling

      Comments about Sony FDA-V1K Optical Viewfinder:

      I am a advanced amateur photographer/enthusiast. I love to shoot full frame 35mm film as well as digital cameras. One of my favorite cameras is the Sony RX1r. The only drawback is that it does not have a built in viewfinder; the electronic viewfinder or an optical viewfinder are accessories. With a few exceptions (notably the Fuji X-T1), I don't like electronic viewfinders. I have a Leica SBLOO 35mm viewfinder which is the best optical viewfinder I have ever used but viewfinders like this have not been made in decades. So I opted to try the overpriced Zeiss 35mm for the RX1r and purchased one from B&H. I was not disappointed. The viewfinders built solid and is clear, contrasty, bright. It does add bulk to the camera but it's not like the RX1 is a pocketable camera anyway. It comes close to the Leica viewfinder. There aren't many current options anyway. The Voigtlander viewfinders are good but comes nowhere near Zeiss quality. I am happy with the purchase and the usual fast B&H service.

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      1.0

      Doesn't help enough to justified.

      By Hugo

      from Tampa, FL

      About Me Semi-Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Sony FDA-V1K Optical Viewfinder:

      The FDA-V1K Optical Viewfinder just doesn't justify me purchasing it. It should at least have a center cross hair to approximate the center focusing point. You have to guess where center is to focus and recompose. It's too hit or miss for me. It is a beautiful piece of glass but mine had a tiny gouge on the framing rectangle. Should have been perfect for a Carl Zeiss Optic.

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      5.0

      Great Viewfinder

      By Red Carpet

      from Burbank, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Sony FDA-V1K Optical Viewfinder:

          Expensive, but well made and bright & clear. Works great.

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          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Outstanding

          By GeorgioS

          from Port Jefferson, NY

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good Glass

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Sony FDA-V1K Optical Viewfinder:

            This isn't an EVF, so the framing will be off, especially during close/macro shooting. That said, the frame lines are compact enough to ensure that none of the action is missed on the actual image. The glass is crystal-clear and due to its design, one should never need to wear glasses. I have not missed a shot using this product-everything has been in focus, including shallow depth-of-field portraits (a tribute to the RX-1). The case is first class.

            The only things missing are a bubble-level system and a magnifier to read the f-stops off the lens barrel, al la Hasselblad SWC.

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