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Sony Magnifying Eyepiece

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Product Highlights
  • Made for Sony DSLRs with APS-C Sensors
  • 1.15x Magnification
  • Easy to Install

Designed especially for Sony DSLRs with APS-C sensors, the Sony Magnifying Eyepiece enhances the shooting experience with 1.15x magnification. By adding a small amount of distance between the eye and the camera body, the accessory also serves as an extender - offering additional comfort to shooters wearing glasses.

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SonyMagnifying Eyepiece
 
4.2

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (13)
  • Compact (8)
  • Improves picture quality (3)

Cons

  • No increase in performance (3)

Best Uses

  • Shooting outdoors (6)
  • Upgrade (6)
  • Close up filming (3)
  • Shooting indoors (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (9), Photo enthusiast (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (14)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A simple but very useful add-on

Although the 1.15x magnification this eyepiece provides may seem fairly trivial, I find it very useful to assess focus with that little bit more detail and without sacrificing my eye's ability to see the...Read complete review

Although the 1.15x magnification this eyepiece provides may seem fairly trivial, I find it very useful to assess focus with that little bit more detail and without sacrificing my eye's ability to see the LCD readouts below the lower edge of the visible image. I've used these on a100, a700, a290 and a500 and in each case they provide a simple way of approximating the next larger viewfinder size: with the eyepiece in place the smaller a500 viewfinder approximates the reasonably sized viewfinders of a100 or a290, and in turn when equipped with this eyepiece the latter will provide an image more comparable to the viewfinder size of the a700.

It also helps to have this on because you won't have to push the rear LCD display as tightly against your face as when looking through the viewfinder with its original rubber eyepiece frame in place. Without my glasses on this provides a good light seal to keep bright light from coming in from the sides. With my glasses on the extra relief still works fine to my eyes, although in that case I can't seal out lateral light and I can no longer quite see the corners of the viewfinder and the LCD info in one single glance. For those who like to use the autostart sensors it may not be convenient to have this in place, but personally I always leave autostart off so as to minimize battery drain.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not 100% compatible with A100

It replaces a lost original eye piece.
Unfortunately it partially covers the eye sensor on A100, so the LCD screen will flicker.
I needed to file the bottom side, but...Read complete review

It replaces a lost original eye piece.
Unfortunately it partially covers the eye sensor on A100, so the LCD screen will flicker.
I needed to file the bottom side, but it does not fix the problem completely.

Reviewed by 19 customers

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4.0

It is a must have accessory

By Stan M

from NJ USA

About Me Semi-Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use
    • Home
    • Landscape Photography
    • Macro Photography
    • Portraits
    • Studio
    • Traveling

    Comments about Sony Magnifying Eyepiece:

    Pros: The magnifier brings the view up to an acceptable size which is much better magnification than the stock viewfinder.
    Must have for manual focusing.

    It keeps your nose off the screen.

    Cons: 1) It is not compartable with Eyepiece corrector like FDA-ECF20. 2) "Eye-Start AF" must be off.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    I would buy this product again and again

    By Mike anderson

    from Riverton nj

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Gets face off camera
    • Good Image Quality
    • Great display

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife photos

    Comments about Sony Magnifying Eyepiece:

    This product works great for people with glasses and gets your face away from LCD

    • Ease of Operation:
    • 10
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Required accessory!

    By Bargain Basement Scott

    from State College, PA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Sony Magnifying Eyepiece:

        I can't speak for other bodies, but on the a300, this should be a required accessory! Not only does it give you a little more magnification, but the major selling point should be that it provides a better angle for using your viewfinder. Rather than mashing your face against the bulky articulated LCD display, you can view a little further away, and a little more from the top, making for much much much more comfortable shooting. While the magnification has been helpful for manual focus shots, the real selling feature for this should be the vastly improved viewing angle. Where I used to have difficulty positioning my face to be able to see the metering info through the viewfinder, now it's all right there and visible where the camera feels natural.

        I also didn't notice any darkening around the edges as it warned I might.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 10
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Excellent addition

        By Marc

        from QC, Canada

        About Me Hobby photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Comfortable for the eye
        • Easy To Use
        • Eye-Start AF still works
        • LCD auto dim still works
        • No more skin oil on LCD

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Close Up Filming
          • Shooting Indoors
          • Shooting Outdoors
          • Upgrade

          Comments about Sony Magnifying Eyepiece:

          Despite compatibility issues with some DSLR camera's Eye-Start AF and LCD auto dim, I bought it for my DSLR-A230L. Once installed, fully lowered to the «click» position, this eyepiece works exactly as described.

          It will add a distance between the camera and your face but as long as your eye is up against the eyecup (magnifying eyepiece), in the usual OVF shooting position, the sensor will detect your proximity properly, activate the AF and momentarily turn off the LCD.

          It will also add some vignetting to the image perceived through the OVF but has absolutely no effect on the image captured by the sensor.

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          • No

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          5.0

          A valuable & practical acquisition

          By chasfoto

          from Boston, MA

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Sony Magnifying Eyepiece:

              Key points to consider if contemplating the purchase of the magnification eyepiece for the Sony Alpha Series of cameras:1.) Excellent for eyeglass wearers, wider contact area surface, 2.) Better access to diopter adjustment wheel vs. the on camera OEM provided eyepiece,3.) Incremental magnification is a bonus,4. B & H quality photography accessories and selections[...] competitive price-point is "unbeatable" in the industry!

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              • No

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              4.0

              Not everybody's cup of tea

              By Birdman

              from California

              About Me Tech Savvy

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Improves view

              Cons

              • Best wo eyeglasses
              • Some distortion

              Best Uses

                Comments about Sony Magnifying Eyepiece:

                Fits all alpha dslrs

                Enlarges view of petamirror field (would not be necessary with pentaprism viewfinder)

                Oem eyecup would be too low if LCD hood is installed; magnifier eyecup raised viewer to comfortable level by effectively raising the eyepoint.

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                • No

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                4.0

                useful accessory

                By gayka

                from Vladivosok

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                • Bulky Design

                Best Uses

                • Upgrade

                Comments about Sony Magnifying Eyepiece:

                Not a large increase, but so used to, that without it, it is now impossible to use my A300.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Great idea!

                By Don1221

                from Tampa Bay area, Florida

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Sony Magnifying Eyepiece:

                    Keeps my "shark fin" nose off the LCD screen.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Ok but far from great.

                    By Schnauzkönig

                    from Lawrence, KS

                    About Me Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Improves Viewfinder

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Manual focusing

                      Comments about Sony Magnifying Eyepiece:

                      This thing works, but it is not as great as you may think. The Sensor that regulates when to shut down the display is not working properly anymore in some cases. It's rather cheap, give it a try, you may like it....

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Excellent upgrade

                      By duke

                      from 25301

                      About Me Retired, Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Quality product

                      Cons

                      • None

                      Best Uses

                      • Easy on the eyeball
                      • Upgrade

                      Comments about Sony Magnifying Eyepiece:

                      Quality eyepiece upgrade that improves a very good A230 camera. Easy to install. Highly recommended.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Excellent addition!

                      By rcederberg

                      from Neptune Beach, Florida

                      About Me Film Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact Design
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Improves Picture Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Shooting Outdoors
                        • Upgrade

                        Comments about Sony Magnifying Eyepiece:

                        The viewfinder on my a350 has been made completely useful with the addition of the magnifier. The image is larger, brighter and now shooting outdoor portraits with my Zeiss 85mm 1.2 portrait lens is a dream, thanks to the clear view I get with the magnifier. An additional benefit is the additional few millimeters the eyepiece is away from the camera - I am no longer pressing my face against the LCD screen. It is certainly not as large as the A900 or A850, but the bottom line is, this is easily the most cost-effective upgrade I have made to my Alpha system to date.

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                        • No

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        A simple but very useful add-on

                        By Paul

                        from Riverside, CA

                        About Me Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Coverage
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Slight magnification

                        Cons

                        • Covers autostart sensors

                        Best Uses

                        • Macro
                        • Wildlife sports photos

                        Comments about Sony Magnifying Eyepiece:

                        Although the 1.15x magnification this eyepiece provides may seem fairly trivial, I find it very useful to assess focus with that little bit more detail and without sacrificing my eye's ability to see the LCD readouts below the lower edge of the visible image. I've used these on a100, a700, a290 and a500 and in each case they provide a simple way of approximating the next larger viewfinder size: with the eyepiece in place the smaller a500 viewfinder approximates the reasonably sized viewfinders of a100 or a290, and in turn when equipped with this eyepiece the latter will provide an image more comparable to the viewfinder size of the a700.

                        It also helps to have this on because you won't have to push the rear LCD display as tightly against your face as when looking through the viewfinder with its original rubber eyepiece frame in place. Without my glasses on this provides a good light seal to keep bright light from coming in from the sides. With my glasses on the extra relief still works fine to my eyes, although in that case I can't seal out lateral light and I can no longer quite see the corners of the viewfinder and the LCD info in one single glance. For those who like to use the autostart sensors it may not be convenient to have this in place, but personally I always leave autostart off so as to minimize battery drain.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        Share this review

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        2.0

                        Could and should be much better.

                        By Jeff

                        from Athens, OH

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design

                        Cons

                        • No Increase In Performance
                        • Poor Clarity

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Sony Magnifying Eyepiece:

                          The good? Not much.
                          -The only good thing about it is that it (barely) keeps your face off the LCD screen but is really only effective when shooting vertically.

                          This product needs to go back to the drawing board.
                          -The magnification is so slight that it is essentially negligible.
                          -The eye cup lets in far too much bleed. Why it isn't deeper and more ergonomically fitted is a mystery to me (make it round, NOT rectangular guys).
                          -It blocks the LCD sensor from blacking out when putting your eye to the OVF.
                          -It doesn't come far enough off the camera body.
                          -It doesn't fit over the OVF adequately enough to keep dust from seeping in.
                          -Though it is a very slight improvement over the factory eyepiece it really isn't worth it.
                          -For the design and performance it is totally overpriced.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Simple but great innovation

                          By AT&T

                          from Singapore

                          About Me Parent, Technically Challenged, Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact Design

                          Cons

                          • No Increase In Performance
                          • Poor Interface Camcorder

                          Best Uses

                          • Shooting Indoors
                          • Shooting Outdoors

                          Comments about Sony Magnifying Eyepiece:

                          As what others reviewer said. Quite surprise that SONY actually overlooked the eye start being block by this eyepiece. I tried the push in almost to the end without snapping into place. It still works fine and I can live wtih it. Very useful especially I'm wearing glasses.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          3.0

                          Not 100% compatible with A100

                          By Aurelian

                          from Yonkers NY

                          About Me Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Deeper than the original

                          Cons

                          • Covers the eye sensor

                          Best Uses

                          • Shooting Outdoors

                          Comments about Sony Magnifying Eyepiece:

                          It replaces a lost original eye piece.
                          Unfortunately it partially covers the eye sensor on A100, so the LCD screen will flicker.
                          I needed to file the bottom side, but it does not fix the problem completely.

                          Share this review

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          3.0

                          Somewhat effective

                          By Sonny

                          from Falmouth,Maine

                          About Me Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact Design
                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                          • No Increase In Performance

                          Best Uses

                          • Shooting Outdoors

                          Comments about Sony Magnifying Eyepiece:

                          Magnification "seems" minimal.
                          Purchased because I wear glasses.
                          Sony angle finder much more useful to me with 500mm lens and tripod.

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                          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Works with A900

                          By Piccolos Paragon

                          from Surprise AZ

                          About Me Tech Savvy

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Compact Design
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Improves Picture Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Close Up Filming
                            • Upgrade

                            Comments about Sony Magnifying Eyepiece:

                            Great for Acurate Macro focus alignment. Use Manual focus.
                            Keeps Face grease of the camera and LCD.
                            I mainly use this magnifier for macro work. I switch back and forth.
                            Good build quality. Keeps your glasses clean too.

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                            5.0

                            well worth that [$]

                            By EdoMedo

                            from TX

                            About Me Technically Challenged

                            Pros

                            • Compact Design
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Improves Picture Quality

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Close Up Filming
                              • Shooting Indoors
                              • Shooting Outdoors
                              • Upgrade

                              Comments about Sony Magnifying Eyepiece:

                              Works as advertized and works well on my A500. Very easy installation.To me it's a very nice piece of hardware and well worth that [$]. Recommended indeed.P.S. For those that want a 100% improvement in their viewfinder then be advised it's called A900.:)

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              2.0

                              Useful, but not what expected

                              By Music Lover

                              from Mexico, DF

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Small / Compact

                              Cons

                              • Poor performance

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Macro Photography

                              Comments about Sony Magnifying Eyepiece:

                              Not much of a difference. I prefer to use the original eyepiece

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