I prefer to use a prism finder (PME) as it has a built in EV meter, I used to have a separate meter, but that got nicked along with my old CX and everything with it.
I bought a 503CW Millenium, standard lens and a PME meter prism (which all fit in a Lowepro TZ1 toploader perfectly) I find this setup very easy to use.
My eyesight isn't that good so I would have to use the pop up magnifier in the hood a lot to focus. I don't think I've used the hood since I bought the camera.
Now I use the hood to veiw my slides in a lightbox (a perfect lupe for 6x6)
Its all a matter of personal taste in the end.

Rhys.