View Full Version : CV Metal Brightline Finder vs. Leica Plastic Finder
I've read some discussion of these finders online, but I am wondering whether anyone has compared them directly. I am not usually a fan of external finders. However, I need a 28mm finder for an upcoming trip when I will carry only one body (my 0.85x MP) but want to use a 28mm lens. The new CV metal brightline finder is in the same price ballpark as a used Leica plastic finder. So I am choosing between these two. Any comments will be very welcome. Thanks.
I am not familiar with the Leica plastic finder to which you make reference. However, I use both an original Leica metal 50mm Briteline finder and a metal 35mm finder from CV. While the Leica finder is undeniably the best, the CV metal finder is very good. I am dubious of plastic finders, because the mounting base can fracture if the finder gets a blow while the camera is carried on a strap.
I've used the CV 25mm, 75mm, and 28/35 minifinder, as well as the Leica 24mm and the Zeiss 25/28mm finders. I'd say the Zeiss is the best of that lot, tho it's pricey. But each of those CV finders is actually quite good, and a relative bargain.
If you can still find one, I'd vote for the 28/35 minifinder. It's very good optically, plus it's tiny and fits close to the shoe --- hence, less likely to get caught on things.
Either one is fine Rafael. They are both good. Choose one for the price point that fits your need.
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Thanks for your thoughts.
only used the CV 21 finder but it is really great
I have a silver CV 28/35 mini finder which I have no use for since switching over to the dark side (rebel xsi). It's little rubber eyepiece has since fallen off but other than that it works fine. Actually I can see even more in the vf since the rubber no longer obstructs the very outside of the frame.
PM me if you're interested, maybe we could make a deal.
I have the CV 28mm metal finder. The image through the finder is amazingly bright--brighter than the human eye. I have ZERO qualms in recommending it to anyone.
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