Forgot Password
Pentax Camera Forums Home
 

Reply
Show Printable Version Search this Thread
01-17-2009, 09:21 PM   #16
Veteran Member
Jewelltrail's Avatar

Join Date: May 2008
Location: Rhode Island
Photos: Albums
Posts: 4,180
I bought mine to aid with manual focusing back in April 2008. I do not wear glasses. I expected the eyepiece to do more for me than it did, that is for sure. Though I do not get any darkened corners, I do have to adjust my perspective in order to see the entire frame. However, I can see the exposure information without much trouble.

01-17-2009, 09:55 PM   #17
Pentaxian
8540tomg's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Waterloo, Ontario
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 4,444
I wear glasses and I have to use the eyecup. I can't see all the information in the viewfinder as has been noted above but it is a moot point for me. I can't focus manually at all without it. As I have a bunch of old glass it is indispensable for me.

Tom G
01-17-2009, 10:50 PM   #18
Pentaxian
ivoire's Avatar

Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: chicago burbs
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 3,356
I have it, wear glasses, use a K20D and like it.
01-18-2009, 07:48 AM   #19
Inactive Account




Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 1,972
I have it, wear glasses, use a K10D and like it.

I wouldn't go without now that I'm used to it.

c[_]

01-18-2009, 09:59 AM   #20
Pentaxian
Marc Sabatella's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Denver, CO
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 10,686
FWIW, this thread inspired me to take mine off again for a concert last night. I'm still on the fence. I can't say that focus was that much harder, and the fact that without it I can actually see the focus confirmation hexagon while focusing might make up for any loss in my own ability to judge focus. I got at least as many in-focus shots as usual - I think. Hard to tell because the conditions (lighting, distance from stage) were especially challenging, so I can't say I *like* the pictures as much as usual.
01-18-2009, 06:30 PM   #21
Site Supporter
filmamigo's Avatar

Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Toronto
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 668
I tried the Nikon DK-21M eyepiece instead. It was cheaper than the Pentax, and more readily available. It slides on to the Pentax viewfinder mount (a little bit tighter than a regular Pentax, but you could probably adjust the fit if you needed to.) I use it, occasionally, on my *ist DL.

My experience with the DK-21M is comparable to the OP. The magnification is slightly improved, and seeing the edge of the frame can required jiggling your perspective a bit.

I would recommend the Nikon if you are curious about a magnifying eyepiece, but as a general rule these do not seem to be a replacement for a better viewfinder.

What would be MORE useful is a "critical focusser." Something that you could quickly flip into place to get SERIOUS magnification. (2x? 4x?) I love focusing my Yashica TLR, and it's second nature to focus the overall scene, then flip the critical focuser into place and fine tune the focus on the central circle of the image. This experience makes me think that the magnifying right-angle finders (switchable between 1x and 2x mag) might be useful. Perhaps trying to adapt the Nikon DG-2 finder (a flip down 2x magnifier) might be the trick.
01-18-2009, 07:43 PM   #22
Veteran Member
PentaxPoke's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 1,411
Original Poster
Well if nothing else, people can at least see the magnification they are going to get with this device. To me, it was so slight, that I didn't really notice the difference until I posted the pictures in the first post. I did however notice the "vignetting" as soon as I put the camera up to my eye. My dream viewfinder is big, bright, and wide with lots of eye relief. This took me the opposite way. That is just me though, and maybe my nose is too long and my eyes too deep...
01-18-2009, 08:04 PM   #23
Veteran Member
dugrant153's Avatar

Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Vancouver, BC
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,059
I bought one and actually liked it for a little but, I noticed that I was missing some of the scene due to the vignetting. (I wear glasses, by the way). For me, I think the Katz Eye optics upgrade was what I really needed. The eyecup helped a bit, but I found that it was not worth having to re-crop a lot of my pictures b/c I missed out on the shoe that was in the corner of the frame (or something). Basically, the heavy vignetting made me miss certain details in my composition, and that made it not worth the upgrade for me. I now use the original Pentax eyepiece.

I'm actually experimenting with an old film camera: a TOPCON IC-1 Auto (Can you believe it?? And it still works!). The viewfinder on this camera is magnificent!! It is amazingly huge. Feels like I don't have a camera mashed against my face as the view ALMOST feels like I'm just seeing through my own eyes! The K200D and K100D viewfinders are quite slim, providing almost a 'tunnel vision' feel to them in comparison. They're good compared against the competition in the same price range, but ... I dunno. I kinda want to shoot film now just to get that massive viewfinder!!

01-18-2009, 08:52 PM   #24
Veteran Member




Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Melb. Aust
Posts: 841
whilst mucking around with some nikon lenses on my K10D I decided to have a look thru the viewfinder of my FM2n sitting in the bag... wow, what a view! Also, so easy to see the split-image focusing aid. I have a 'chinese-cheapo' split-image screen in my K10D and I always find I need to go back and forward several times to establish focus, on the Nikon it was so easy to see the images halves line up.. However, I tried switching the Nikon to AF and not much happened
01-27-2009, 04:58 PM   #25
Pentaxian
Marc Sabatella's Avatar

Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Denver, CO
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 10,686
QuoteOriginally posted by Marc Sabatella Quote
FWIW, this thread inspired me to take mine off again for a concert last night. I'm still on the fence. I can't say that focus was that much harder, and the fact that without it I can actually see the focus confirmation hexagon while focusing might make up for any loss in my own ability to judge focus. I got at least as many in-focus shots as usual - I think. Hard to tell because the conditions (lighting, distance from stage) were especially challenging, so I can't say I *like* the pictures as much as usual.
After some shooting a couple of other concerts in low light, I'm back to using the O-ME53. I'm becoming more convinced I get more pictures in focus with it than without it. I may still remove it in daylight, though, because of the issue I have as a glasses-wearer of not being able to see the whole frame at once. I can live with it, but I do enjoy being able to see the focus indicator and meter reading while viewing the scene.
01-27-2009, 05:43 PM   #26
Veteran Member
khardur's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: NW Massachusetts
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,496
I had one, and it worked quite well for me.
My problem was that it juts out farther than the regular eyepiece. I'm fine with that, but my camera bag was not, so one day putting my camera away the edge of my camera bag snagged the eyepiece and popped it off into the snow. I didn't notice until the next time I went to take a picture, about 5 minute walk away. I returned to my previous location but failed to locate it.

Next time I have money to burn I'll be buying a new one. I must say though, when I end up buying a second DSLR (to have a backup) I'll be buying one of the Pentax models that have the better viewfinder to begin with.
01-27-2009, 05:57 PM   #27
Veteran Member
FotoPete's Avatar

Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Toronto
Photos: Gallery
Posts: 1,710
I shoot with a K200d and recently read some user reports on the O-ME53, Nikon DK21M and the 1.3X ebay one and heard at one point that the O-ME53 was the best for eyeglass wearers and decided to give the accessory a shot.

Its expensive here in Canada at $49.99CAN a pop. While the magnification difference was small and there was more vignetting in the viewfinder, I can say that I'm beginning to appreciate the larger view of the split screen.

If you shoot on manual focus alot, I'd suggest you give the O-ME53 a try. It will grow on you.
01-27-2009, 06:54 PM   #28
Pentaxian
Ratmagiclady's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: GA
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 13,464
QuoteOriginally posted by dafiryde Quote
This the main reason i bought it for, but i too have encountered the same problem as you do have to move your head up and down and sideways to get to see what is in the frame, i have been meaning to take out the lens to see if that would help, but i have not since tried it to see if it will help. so hopefully so i will do it and can give a feed back

Dave
Hey, I've been wondering if taking that lens out looks like it'd be easy and reversible. I'm not sure if I'd want the magnification, but I could sure use the extra shade and room to nudge my glasses out of the way. (I have kind of skinny ones that I peer over: they don't help me focus and the diopter adjustment does the job.)

Anyone with one care to peek inside?
01-27-2009, 07:06 PM   #29
Veteran Member
PentaxPoke's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 1,411
Original Poster
QuoteOriginally posted by Ratmagiclady Quote
Hey, I've been wondering if taking that lens out looks like it'd be easy and reversible. I'm not sure if I'd want the magnification, but I could sure use the extra shade and room to nudge my glasses out of the way. (I have kind of skinny ones that I peer over: they don't help me focus and the diopter adjustment does the job.)

Anyone with one care to peek inside?
The problem with taking the lens out is that all you have accomplished is to move your eye further away from the viewfinder. You can do that without spending the $30.
01-27-2009, 07:24 PM   #30
Pentaxian
Ratmagiclady's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: GA
Photos: Gallery | Albums
Posts: 13,464
QuoteOriginally posted by PentaxPoke Quote
The problem with taking the lens out is that all you have accomplished is to move your eye further away from the viewfinder. You can do that without spending the $30.
Hee, well, that's the *idea,* actually. If the extra magnification isn't to my liking, (and it might well be, really) at least I could stop mashing my face and glasses up against the LCD just to keep the stray light out. How's it held in?
Reply

Bookmarks
  • Submit Thread to Facebook Facebook
  • Submit Thread to Twitter Twitter
  • Submit Thread to Digg Digg
Tags - Make this thread easier to find by adding keywords to it!
camera, dslr, exposure, eyecup, magnification, o-me53, photography, test, tests, view, viewfinder
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
For Sale - Sold: O-ME53 Magnifying Eyecup Igilligan Sold Items 3 07-15-2008 06:21 AM
magnifier eyecup O-ME53 distorted_vision Pentax Camera and Field Accessories 3 11-26-2007 06:22 PM
For Sale - Sold: FS: O-ME53 Magnifying Eyecup. Ed in GA Sold Items 0 10-13-2007 08:06 AM



All times are GMT -7. The time now is 05:47 AM. | See also: NikonForums.com, part of our network of photo forums!
  • Red (Default)
  • Green
  • Gray
  • Dark
  • Dark Yellow
  • Dark Blue
  • Old Red
  • Old Green
  • Old Gray
  • Dial-Up Style
Hello! It's great to see you back on the forum! Have you considered joining the community?
register
Creating a FREE ACCOUNT takes under a minute, removes ads, and lets you post! [Dismiss]
Top