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SonyFDA-V1K Optical Viewfinder
 
3.5

(based on 6 reviews)

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    (3)

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60%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Cons

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    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (5)

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3.0

Collector or enthusiast only

By Mike

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Sony FDA-V1K Optical Viewfinder:

Has the retro-cool factor going for it, and good optics. It's a shame there's no digital overlay.

(0 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (7 of 8 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.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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