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03-05-2007, 10:47 AM   #1
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My local dealer tells me there is one from Pentax for $36.95. Anybody get one yet/ How does it work?

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I'd assume it attaches over trhe eyecup slot and gives you a larger viewfinder view so you can see the focus and stuff like that better.
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QuoteOriginally posted by regken Quote
My local dealer tells me there is one from Pentax for $36.95. Anybody get one yet/ How does it work?

Ken,

I have it. I'm not sure what to say about it - I don't have much of an opinion about it pro or con, I'm afraid.

It makes what you see in the viewfinder larger, but only slightly, so slightly that it's really hard to notice the difference. And I have the feeling that it ever so slightly reduces the BRIGHTNESS of what you see, which isn't too surprising as it does add some glass. I bought it thinking that it would help me with manual focusing. Can't honestly say that it has.

The main advantages of it - which may or may not be worth $37 to you - are, first, that it has a nicer padded eyepiece than the eyecup that comes with the camera, so it's a bit easier to use, especially with glasses; and second, it sticks out of the back of the camera a good half inch, which means that my greasy cheek isn't rubbing up against the LCD to the same degree.

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Thanks Will. Same thinking here. Looking for some help with focusing the manual lenses.

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My local dealer tells me there is one from Pentax for $36.95. Anybody get one yet/ How does it work?

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It is the O-ME53 Magnifying Eyecup.

I have one and have used it on my camera for the last couple of months.

However, I removed it about a week ago just to see what it looked like without it and, at this point, I am undetermined if I will put it back on the Camera. I may put it back for a few days just to make a comparison. If I decide to remove it permanently, it will be for sale.
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I was thinking about getting one of these, primarily for help with manual lenses. Couldn't really see what an additional two tenths of an increase in magnification would accomplish; glad to see someone posting about this.
Just saved me $30+.
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QuoteOriginally posted by regken Quote
My local dealer tells me there is one from Pentax for $36.95. Anybody get one yet/ How does it work?

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I have one and have been using it. For me, the magnification does make it easier to see detail and thus easier to do manual focus, however, it makes it more difficult to see the edges of the frame at a glance.
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QuoteOriginally posted by regken Quote
My local dealer tells me there is one from Pentax for $36.95. Anybody get one yet/ How does it work?

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They designed it as a circle to be placed in front of the rectangular eyepiece glass. This causes slight vignetting especially if you wear glasses.

The optic within it should simply have been designed in a rectangular shape to blend with the eyepiece better. The essence of obvious design.

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I use the viewfinder magnifier and I wear glasses. It does cut off the corners a bit, but I can move my eye to see the corners. the benefits to the magnifier are greater than the drawbacks, however.

I like the larger image, and also moving my face back from the camera a bit.

I do find that i bump the screen focus adjustment more now, though.
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I use the viewfinder magnifier and I wear glasses. It does cut off the corners a bit, but I can move my eye to see the corners. moving my face back from the camera a bit.

I do find that i bump the screen focus adjustment more now, though.
Exactly - the cutting off of the corners, moving face, etc......WHY? Just design the thing with a rectangular optic, as opposed to a corner cutting circle. Now a perfect design.

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perfect design would be a nice split screen microprism. Or at least the sale of such. Like with KatsEye screens, people are complaining about metering problems and stuff so I'm quite skeptical about buying one.
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perfect design would be a nice split screen microprism. Or at least the sale of such. Like with KatsEye screens, people are complaining about metering problems and stuff so I'm quite skeptical about buying one.
That's the focusing screen. This is about the viewfinder magnifier eye shade.

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I realy hate pentax default viewfinder! the eyepiece is so close to body that my nose comes upon LCD. I use glasses and it's a pita to look through. but without glasses i cant get sharp view. gotta replace my slr with soapbox camera
or maybe this magnifier is the answer?!
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I have one and really like it. I find that it makes manual focusing easier to me. I haven't noticed a problem with it cutting off the corners of the image, though it can do that. I think it's well worth the $35 or so that I paid.
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i like mine for the little extra help with manual focus. i have glasses as well and haven't a problem. it doesn't stick out (sorry will) 1/2'' , more like a 1/4''. i've got a split screen from someone in HK that makes them from minolta(shipped 27usd) but i like to focus in the corners quite often and this eye piece helps.
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