Zeiss viewfinder on M8
I recently acquired an M8 (no problems yet, thank you!), and, after having done quite a bit of research, decided to include a Zeiss 21mm 2.8 Biogon in my initial core group of lenses. I also decided to buy the Zeiss 25/28 finder to along with the lens.
Having just begun using the Zeiss finder for the first time, I am amazed by it's quality! I understand that many object to any accessory which adds to the M8's size, but to my mind, such a minor factor (the finder adds roughly one square inch to the M8) pales in comparison to the big, beautiful, incredibly bright optics of the Zeiss.
Believe me, I'm not prone to hyperbole, but even setting aside the obvious advantage of being able to use the Zeiss framelines for a 21mm lens, itís a real pleasure to frame shots through this viewfinder. Itís true, of course, that focusing must still be done through the M8 finder (when close-focusing is necessary), and that the Zeiss isnít cheap, but even those factors havenít dampened my enthusiasm.
I suppose I should also mention that my (very) early results with the Zeiss 21mm Biogen have been excellent, and the money saved over the equivalent Leica lens certainly helped to ease any pain associated with the cost of the external finder.
As a final note, (as if he hasn't gotten enough praise on this forum!) Tony at Popflash provided excellent service to go along with his unbeatable prices for the lens and finder.