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05-18-2007, 07:42 AM   #1
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Got a magnifying eyecup

Several months ago I asked if this was worth buying. The answers were mixed but these 65 year old eyes are getting tired and thought the $35 might be worth it. To my very happy surprise the 1.18x magnification and larger eyecup makes a world of difference especially when using M-42 lenses. The 85mm and 200mm lenses are now very easy to get in focus now. It might be just my eyes but this is well worth buying.


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Ken where did you get it and hows the quality
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The closest pentax dealer is in Portland Maine. I called them and they ordered it for me along with a spare M-42 adapter. It took about 2 weeks for them to get it in. The quality is great, as good as the original.

You can order it direct from Pentax just by calling but I like to support my local dealer, Hunt's Camera.

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I'm glad that it worked for you regken.

I've still got 20 / 20 vision, so it doesn't effect me (at the moment) but I'm just curious if you can get them to match your eyes. (kind of like what glasses do)

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Hi Stu,
It just magnifies but you can use the diopter adjustment for eye strength.


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05-18-2007, 10:11 AM   #6
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Cool I was thinking about this my eyes require "reading glasses" these days .. and unless I start getting younger haha .............. think I may check that out ...
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I bought the Pentax magnifier and I just leave it on the camera. The little bit of manual focusing I do seems to be facilitated by using this magnifier. Since I don't wear glasses when I shoot (I simply adjusted the diopter on the k100D until my vision is sharp). I find glasses very awkward using the original viewfinder as well as the magnifier. I find the magnifier is comfortable when my eye is touching it and I think it blocks out some of the light that may slip through my eyelids, as well as helping to keep the camera more steady because it is a bit larger than the original eyecup and I can jam it against my eyesocket a little easier. All you have to do is readjust the camera's diopter to the magnifier which takes 5 seconds. This summer I'm going to work more on manual focusing and I'm pretty sure this magnifier will be helpful to me. Cheap enough, if anyone wants to buy one. I think it was $30. or $35. dollars. Freddy

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