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06-17-2011, 05:32 PM - 3 Likes   #1
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Oh what a difference -3 makes!

I wrote about the travails of getting the SMC Lens Correction Adapter M -3 from Pentax here in the USA. In the end PentaxUSA Corporate stepped up and sent me one and its now on my camera.

I can't tell you what a positive difference this little piece of plastic makes for me!

My prescription is -3.5 in my camera eye The built-in viewfinder diopter adjustment goes from -2.5 to +1.5 on the K-x and K-r. That's just a wee bit too little for me And that does make a difference. With the information at the bottom of the viewfinder and glasses on I had a choice, I could view the image or shift and view part of the image and the data. Now that I have installed the -3 adapter and set the built-in viewfinder adjustment I can shoot without glasses for the first time since I was in high school I can get my eye right up to the cup and see the entire field of the viewfinder all at once!! I've tried a couple of MF shots and its easier, far easier, for me now too.

I wish I knew who at PentaxUSA Corporate stepped up and had this sent to me, I'd like to thank them personally.

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I have the same problem but live in Australia , thanks for the post I will see if I can get one here.
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I have the same problem but live in Australia , thanks for the post I will see if I can get one here.
I happen to know that they are available in Australia from one of your country's largest Pentax sellers. The problem for me was that they are restricted form selling outside their "zone".

Go to the item at a local store:
Digital Cameras -Buy CHEAP at Digital Camera Warehouse

It's the top item at $46AUS.

They also list the O-ME53.
http://www.digitalcamerawarehouse.com.au/category595_1.htm
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Have been out and about in the neighborhood today with several lenses for World Pentax Day. The new Adapter makes a difference with the AF lenses, that's for sure, but not nearly what it does with the MF lenses!

I've shot with the Quantaray 28-90 Macro with AF and that's been nice but when I switched to the SuperTak 55/1.8 and M135/3.5 - WOW! I had just about given up on manual lenses but with this adapter I can use them again! My ration of focused to non-focused is more in line with lack of practice than blindness like it was Now all I have to do is go out and shoot with them more to get back into practice with MF lenses!


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Sounds great. I sure could use one. I too am -3.5. Was this an item that used to be stocked? Do you just place it over or in place of the current eye piece?
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Sounds great. I sure could use one. I too am -3.5. Was this an item that used to be stocked? Do you just place it over or in place of the current eye piece?
Apparently Pentax USA does not stock this as a regular item.

You remove the silicon eye cup that comes attached to your camera (listed as "Eye Cup Fq" in my manual).


There are rails on either side of the viewfinder and the Lens Correction Adapter slides down from the top onto these rails.


The current Eye Cup can not be used with the Lens Correction Adapter M in place.
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Perhaps I am a pessimist but the -3 diopter Adapter has made such a huge difference in my use of my manual focus lenses that when I saw a -4 adapter on eBay from the UK I paid for it immediately. For me the $25 that it cost shipped is very little for the insurance it provides.

If you have a significant vision prescription these are an amazing addition to your camera.
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