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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

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            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

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                  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

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                      Best Uses

                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Sony FDA-V1K Optical Viewfinder:

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

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                      5.0

                      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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