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06-06-2016, 02:00 AM   #31
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wow, one pentax camera that has a built in viewfinder blind, a feature that would actually have made sense to have on the Pentax LX.

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I too, was most annoyed at this. Nikon cameras especially the high end ones always have this feature. I don't think pentax has ever had a camera with a built in viewfinder blind.
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wow, one pentax camera that has a built in viewfinder blind, a feature that would actually have made sense to have on the Pentax LX.
Yes, the K2DMD and ESII both have viewfinder blinds. The LX does not need one as automatic exposure is metered off the film during actual exposure. The mirror is up and serves as a viewfinder blind. (I've shot with all three recently.)

On cameras without blinds, I often just cup my hand over the viewfinder when I fire the shutter.

Note that mirrorless cameras don't need viewfinder blinds.
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a feature that would actually have made sense to have on the Pentax LX.
And on the K-1, given its stated niche as a 'field camera'. One of those things that 95% of users would have no use for but very important for those that need it.

Still looking for @WPRESTO gadget on the internet, but so far I have found nothing even close. Lot's of posts and blogs from Canon and Nikon users that wish their cameras had one but nothing that actually solves the problem, except the already mentioned gaffers tape

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QuoteOriginally posted by John Poirier Quote
The mirror is up and serves as a viewfinder blind
Nice thought, but there is always some amount of light leaking that will appear even if the mirror is up.The viewfinder blind is typically more effective are reducing this issue, if they weren't Pentax wouldn't provide them with new cameras in the first place yes?
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if they weren't Pentax wouldn't provide them with new cameras in the first place yes?
Not all the Pentax DSLRs included the blind in the package although it was still listed as an accessory.
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Nice thought, but there is always some amount of light leaking that will appear even if the mirror is up.The viewfinder blind is typically more effective are reducing this issue, if they weren't Pentax wouldn't provide them with new cameras in the first place yes?
The light leakage you are hypothesizing is something that I have rarely encountered in over 40 years of photography, most of that as a professional. i have seen it occasionally on cameras with defective mirror mechanisms or deteriorating light seals.

I have actually used LXs extensively with no problems with light leakage. That is hands-on experience, not a hypothesis. If you happen to have a camera body where experience demonstrates that this is an issue, yes a viewfinder blind of some sort is useful.

I will also point out that viewfinder blinds are useful in preventing light entering the viewfinder from causing metering errors when the camera is in automatic mode and the photographer's eye/face is not shading the viewfinder- for example, on a tripod with cable or self-timer.
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QuoteOriginally posted by jatrax Quote
And on the K-1, given its stated niche as a 'field camera'. One of those things that 95% of users would have no use for but very important for those that need it.

Still looking for @WPRESTO gadget on the internet, but so far I have found nothing even close. Lot's of posts and blogs from Canon and Nikon users that wish their cameras had one but nothing that actually solves the problem, except the already mentioned gaffers tape
Don't think you'll have much luck finding one. It was probably a "generic" accessory when made, cheap and fragile, so hardly worth offering on EBAY if anyone but me still has one.

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It was probably a "generic" accessory when made, cheap and fragile, so hardly worth offering on EBAY if anyone but me still has one.
I don't know, there is some really strange stuff on ebay I think we should find someone with a 3-d printer and go into business with these
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One thing I was really hoping for on the new K1 was a built in viewfinder blind, but alas, the viewfinder cover that has been included with many past Pentax cameras was again included to serve this purpose.
+1

one of the very few "pro" features missing from the Pentax K-3/K-1 line.

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The light leakage you are hypothesizing is something that I have rarely encountered in over 40 years of photography, most of that as a professional.
Light leaks aren't a hypothetical possibility, with certain camera models I have worked with they are a very real issue. Viewfinder light leaks are most problematic when using Dark ND during daylight hours, narrow bandpass IR filters and having bright light sources behind you when doing night landscape photography.

QuoteOriginally posted by John Poirier Quote
I have actually used LXs extensively with no problems with light leakage. That is hands-on experience, not a hypothesis. If you happen to have a camera body where experience demonstrates that this is an issue, yes a viewfinder blind of some sort is useful.
Yes, the Pentax LX when properly maintained has excellent light sealing - but not all cameras in the industry are like the pentax LX. And I have used cameras from just about every major manufacturer out there....and there are some real disasters out there.
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