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PENTAX ME Viewfinder Cap

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PENTAX ME Viewfinder Cap
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This viewfinder cap is for preventing light to enter the viewfinder through the eye piece and influence the exposure. The situation could arise when the camera is mounted on a tripod and the photographer isn't looking through the viewfinder.

The cap fits all Pentax DSLRs, the ME, MX and all later film cameras. The cap is usually included with the camera.
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Otis Memorial Pentaxian
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Registered: March, 2015
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 6,244
Review Date: December 3, 2016 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Does its job well
Cons: Easily lost if not careful

This accessory is a must have for maintaining correct exposure when using BULB mode, or when using a remote control IMO. Any time the viewfinder allows extraneous light into the camera, it risks incorrect exposure. Get 2 though, as 1 will always go missing !!
   
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Registered: January, 2012
Location: Summer:Lake Superior - Michigan Winter:Texas Hill Country
Posts: 2,348
Review Date: January 22, 2012 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: more accurate exposures with remote shutter
Cons: easily lost

I say 'free with camera' but Pentax has stopped including this item with some cameras [bad move Pentax], and a replacement of this $0.03 worth of plastic will cost close to $9.

As to loss, if you normally have a fabric neck strap on your camera, drill two small holes through the back of the cap and stitch it like a button to the inside of your neck strap. Place it far enough up the strap to reach the viewfinder, but not so far that it rubs on your shoulder or neck. The assumption is you won't have the camera hanging on your neck when you need the cap, but it will always be handy.

As to breaking the tabs as reported by others - all I can say is I know it can be broken so I am gentle. I've had one with my Pentax Super Program for 25 years. Oh, and the attached neck strap gives you an easier grip for installation and removal.
   
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Registered: August, 2008
Location: Hielands o' Scootlund
Posts: 41,905
Review Date: January 28, 2011 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: A good cheap viewfinder blind
Cons: None

A must if your planning longish exposures, it just stops any extra stray additional light from entering the camera via the eyepiece.
   
Pentaxian

Registered: February, 2008
Location: Waterloo, Ontario
Posts: 4,462
Review Date: November 17, 2010 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Necessary for long exposures
Cons: Tabs prone to breakage

These caps were standard issue with all Pentax film cameras back in the day and I even got one with my K10 a few years ago. As indicated above they are very useful for keeping light out of the viewfinder during long exposure. With every camera but the LX which meters off the film plane they are necessary. The plastic tabs which hold them in place on the viewfinder are kind of spindly and prone to breakage. They are also easily lost as I have proved on several occasions. A handy accessory to have if you do any long exposures.
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