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Monday, May 01, 2006

T.O.P. Endorses: Zeiss 25mm/28mm Finder

If you use a rangefinder of most any flavor and any kind and have a 24mm, 25mm, or 28mm lens you use with it, then I heartily recommend the gorgeous Zeiss 25mm/28mm clip-on finder. For those of you who don't know what a "finder" is, it's not very complicated—it's just an optical eyepiece that puts frames around the world about the way a lens will. In the case of rangefinders, most of which have framelines built into their own finders, you use them with wide-angle lenses because the all-purpose finder in the camera usually doesn't have framelines for ultra-wide lenses. A "clip on" finder slides into the camera's hot shoe.

We males seem to take to arguments about "what's best" like the proverbial ducks to water—and most of it is simple status-seeking bullshit. But sometimes "best" intersects with "greatest pleasure to use," and those are cases I can get behind. The Zeiss 25/28 finder (on a Bessa R3A at right) is huge, bright, beautiful, and a joy to look at the world through.

Price: $350.

Where To Buy: CameraQuest.

This is an actual unpaid, unsolicited endorsement.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm sure that is a nice product. Have any recommendations on Mammoth Spears for the big hunt later?

2:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ummm ... what about the Leica 21 mm/24 mm/28 mm finder? Or the Voigtländer single-focal-length finders, available for each focal length from 12 mm to 90 mm?

-- Olaf

4:54 PM  
Blogger Michael Simon said...

when I get home, Im going to sell some things and git me a 35mm f2 Zeiss Biogon for my M6. Im so happy Zeiss has cut into this market.

7:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm a rangefinder shooter sometimes, and appreciate the qualities of a nice finder as well as anyone.

But I still say that $350 is an awlful lot to pay for a finder. Everything is relative...but still....


1:40 PM  

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