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PENTAX Magnifier

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100% of reviewers $37.00 7.67
PENTAX Magnifier

A 2x viewfinder magnifier introduced for the M42 screw mount cameras. The magnifier also fits the first generation of K-mount cameras (K-2, KX, KM and K1000).
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Registered: September, 2013
Location: Texas
Posts: 486
Review Date: March 5, 2015 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $30.00 | Rating: 7 

Pros: Size, Cost, good optics
Cons: Hinge a little loose, Needs a bigger Eyecup for safety.

This review is for the original (Spotmatic) version.

Small, handy, good quality optics. Could use a little stiffer hinge. (My copy was new in box, so the hinge was not loose due to wear.)

Of note is that this will also (mostly) fit onto Canon EOS. They slip on and will stay firmly attached, but they only slide about 80% of the way down. Still, it lines up well enough for center focusing so it's enough to be usable.

I have a safety concern with using this in that the eyepiece is quite small, and if you trip or get sloppy with your camera holding, you can poke yourself in the eye with a lot of force. For peace of mind I put a bigger eyecup on to help avoid any accidents.

Registered: February, 2008
Location: Waterloo, Ontario
Posts: 4,462
Review Date: July 12, 2010 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $50.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Simple, easy to use
Cons: None

I have the Magnifier M which was designed for use on the M series cameras. Very handy for macro work where precision focus is essential. It conveniently flips out of the way or is easily removed when not needed. It provides 2x magnification on the center part of the view screen. As Phil notes above it works best on a tripod. There is some small provision for adjustment but nothing like the + or 4 dioptres on the Refconverter II. A useful little focusing device for those devoted to macro work.

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Registered: October, 2008
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Posts: 6,185
Review Date: June 26, 2010 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $31.00 | Rating: 8 

Pros: Inexpensive and simple design. Well built.
Cons: Only 2x magnification.

An essential accessory for macro work, this magnifier fits over the viewfinder eyepiece on any K series film body. (As well as late model screw-mount body) It features 2x magnification and flips up out of the way when not in use without having to remove it from the eyepiece.

Not much to review here as this is a pretty simple item that does a good job when you need help focusing with high magnification rates and shallow DOF in macro work. Works best when the camera is mounted on a tripod, bellows unit, slide rail or copy stand and you are photographing still objects. Its too hard to use with a hand held camera or on gently moving flowers outdoors. A higher adjustable magnification rate would have been nice.
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