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  1. #1
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    Lightbulb magnifying eyecup = awesome.

    With the economy how it is and all, hobby budget indulgences have been forced down from thinking "hmmm, FA 77mm or DA★ 50-135mm" to "what's under fifty bucks?" So, with the itch to buy somethin' camera related, I picked up the O-ME53 magnifying viewfinder.

    After using it for a few days, I have to say wow this is a must-have, especially for thirty-five bucks. I really wish I had purchased it before. The 1.2 magnification doesn't seem that amazing, but suddenly my ability to tell what's in focus and what's out of focus is improved by a lot more than 20%. It feels like double, in fact.

    The only caveat is: it's no good if you shoot wearing glasses. I normally wear contacts, and with my eye right to the viewfinder, the vignetting is insignificant. I have to be a bit more careful about where exactly I put my eye, but it's easy to get the hang of it. However, when I tried with my glasses on, I discovered that the edges of the frame are significantly obscured, to the point where the status line is invisible.

    So the bottom line is: if you have a Pentax dSLR and don't wear glasses, this is a must-buy. If you do, consider getting contact lenses.

    I don't think Canon currently makes anything like this, but Nikon does, and since it looks almost identical I assume the above comments apply to y'all as well.
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  2. #2
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    Same goes for Olympus too. I use one all the time.
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  3. #3
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    I'd like to get a contact made for my prescription and just stick it in the plastic holder for my very own custom viewfinder

    That'd actually be nice I know my camera does -3 +3, but thats not enough and its not the best.

    Im pretty sure anyone could buy one from pentax/nikon/okympus and just take out the little glass and stick it in a canon viewfinder. I doubt that they would be different.

  4. #4
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    Thanks for posting your findings.
    I lost the eyecup of my camera years ago, so I always shoot without an eyecup. If I'll buy a new one I will definitly consider one that magnifies.
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  5. #5
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    I have also considered an eyecup magnifying piece. When I looked at the Olympus one on Amazon I was surprised about how many reviews were by Canon users, does Canon really not make them? I am still on the fence about whether I would find it useful for my purposes, much as I would like a larger viewfinder.

  6. #6
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    Interesting... Now I want one, that apparently Canon doesn't make.
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  7. #7
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    What about Sony? I bet they don't have one, so Sony will make a Sony only one at 3 times the price arghh! but interesting, I wear contacts and they are 'zoned' kind of like bi focals, the right eye is my close vision and my left is for my distance vision, a recent change in my RX. and I have found it difficult to see clearly in my viewfinder.
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    Raven I was in two minds as well because several reviews I saw people complained about the Oly one falling off/ getting in the way. It seemed like the Pentax or Panasonic ones were better on the net. I bought the Oly one in the end at B&H, didn't try the others out though but they apparently both fit. Anyway mine has never been off the camera since I bought it, seems like a good fit & hasn't fallen off. Magnification isn't huge so don't expect miracles but I think it was worth the $35 I paid for it.
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  9. #9
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    Alright, I'll look into the other (Pentax and Panasonic?) brands too. My budget is more limited recently, but I may have enough change left over to get such a thing this week. My eyepiece has been falling off pretty easily recently anyhow, after I removed it a couple times to clean it.

  10. #10
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    I've been looking into some manual focus Hexanon lenses for fun... this might just be the thing.

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