Originally Posted by Keith
Surely that's just an effect caused by the enormous amount of relief provided by the Ikon's eyepiece and it's relationship to the rangefinder. I've noticed with all the Ms I've owned that the small amount you are able to move your eye from the central position of the Leica eyepiece does have a similar effect though not as pronounced.
I kept losing the contrast of the patch when I first got my Ikon due to this available movement ... after ten or so rolls of film I became more familiar with the camera and it stopped happening.
There are two things, Keith, one is the "focus movement", two is patch contrast. You might adjust to the first but not the second. The Leica finder is a bit darker, but the patch has at least a stop more contrast.
BTW, there are also two sides to the shutter noise. The ZI has a metal shutter that is louder than the Leica's cloth shutter. Then again, it's harder to burn holes in metal shutters
In any case, the OP asked for feedback, and I was suggesting to be a little more objective than "the viewfinder in the Zeiss is better" vs. the Leica being good because "It’s a Leica. Period".
Some of us have tried both and prefer, for example, a used M2 over a ZI. Cheaper, too.