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The ZoneView was developed as an inexpensive alternative to standard viewing filters.
It’s light and thin, so you can carry it anywhere, anytime. It let’s you get a quick preview of potential scenes without having to lug your camera around.
The aspect ratio of the cutout matches 4x5 sheet film. For a “normal” view, hold it about 1” in front of your eye, move it further away to simulate longer focal length lenses. (You’ll need to experiment to get the feel of it.)
There are however, three noticeable differences:
Here’s a composite photo showing the difference. Frankly, in actual use, you probably won’t notice the difference.