Completely agree, it's rather annoying exactly due to the free wheeling mouse when the wheel is still spinning a bit when you press
Control for some other command.
It's a pity after so many years there is still no built-in option (preferably an option with different behavior for different parts, e.g. disable zoom in the lister, but leave it enabled in viewr pane or picture preview), but just in case someone else might want to fix it there is a simple AutoHotkey command that allows you to disable
Ctrl+Wheel while inside a lister.
You can still zoom in a separate picture view frame, though not in the Viewer Pane as it's still the same lister window (it might be possible to leave zoome enabled with a more complicated script, but I'm not using the Viewer Pane to view pics, so didn't look into it)
#If WinActive("ahk_class dopus.lister") ; only in Opus Lister
^WheelUp::return ; Disable zoom in
^WheelDown::return ; Disable zoom out