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PentaxO-ME53 Magnifying Eyecup
 
4.6

(based on 114 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (77)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (81)
  • Lightweight (55)
  • Reliable (45)
  • Durable (43)
  • Improves product function (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Everyday (71)
  • Macro photography (56)
  • Landscape photography (33)
  • Portraits (33)
  • Travel (28)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (76), Semi-professional (15), Casual user (4), Professional (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (60)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A "Must Have"

I bought this accessory to solve a specific problem: With my K20D, I couldn't see the exposure information at the bottom of the viewing screen outdoors in bright daylight. It solved that problem...Read complete review

I bought this accessory to solve a specific problem: With my K20D, I couldn't see the exposure information at the bottom of the viewing screen outdoors in bright daylight. It solved that problem beautifully. The magnified image is a plus. It is now my standard eyepiece.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not suitable for K20-D or K-7

As the instructions shipped with the viewfinder make clear, this eyecup is intended for use with the K10-D and earlier cameras. On the K-7 and the K-20, it cuts the...Read complete review

As the instructions shipped with the viewfinder make clear, this eyecup is intended for use with the K10-D and earlier cameras. On the K-7 and the K-20, it cuts the viewfinder area by approximately 30-50% and, though what you see is magnified, you can no longer see the entire frame. On the K-7 in particular, which makes a point of 100% frame coverage in the viewfinder, the eyecup is much more of a hindrance than a help.

Reviewed by 114 customers

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5.0

Works very well

By Wizard

from Kona, Hawaii

Verified Buyer

Comments about Pentax O-ME53 Magnifying Eyecup:

This is a genuine Pentax accessory and as such fits and works perfectly. As one reviewer noted you will see your shutter speed, f-stops, and ISO so much better than through the standard eyepiece. Must be my old eyes. Very pleased with this purchase, and as always B and H delivers.

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5.0

Helpful addition

By Carol

from Texas

Verified Buyer

Comments about Pentax O-ME53 Magnifying Eyecup:

It seems to help a little looking thru the viewfinder. Not cutting off any of the image and also magnififying the settings on my K-3. Anything to help focus on small birds!

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4.0

A Big Help for Manual Focus Lenses

By MidwestPentaxUSer

from Wheaton, IL

Verified Buyer

Comments about Pentax O-ME53 Magnifying Eyecup:

I bought this to use with the K-5, which is a crop sensor DSLR. Because it's a crop sensor, the viewfinder is quite small. This wouldn't be a problem if I only used DA series autofocus lenses, But, I use Voigtlander manual focus lenses, too, and I also have a KatzEye focusing screen. This magnifies the split prism nicely, so that I have less difficulty focusing accurately and my shots turn out better.

Very happy to have found this.

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5.0

Must have?

By Ray

from NJ

Comments about Pentax O-ME53 Magnifying Eyecup:

Pretty decent Improvement to the viewfinder.
You won't be able to see the whole view finder without looking around, but things are larger and clearer, and that works for me

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5.0

Does what it is supposed to do.

By Matt

from Rhode Island

Verified Buyer

Comments about Pentax O-ME53 Magnifying Eyecup:

As a novice/enthusiast photographer I feel this eyecup does just what it is designed to do, and most importantly for me as someone who wears glasses, no issues, highly recommend.

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5.0

Works great for what it is

By JAB

from Pittsburgh, PA

About Me Semi-Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use
    • Macro Photography
    • Portraits
    • Studio

    Comments about Pentax O-ME53 Magnifying Eyecup:

    This product does exactly what it says. The 1.2x magnification is not dramatic at all, but any improvement helps. There is zero loss of view in the viewfinder and zero loss of optical quality. Easy to install.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Works great!

    By RSPix

    from Marshfield, WI

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports

      Comments about Pentax O-ME53 Magnifying Eyecup:

      I use this on my Pentax K3, with manual focus lenses, and I also wear glasses. I shoot hockey games with this setup, and this has made me able to get many more shots in focus. I do have to move a bit to see the in-focus light at the bottom, but I usually don't use that much anyway as the action is too fast for me to look at it. Easy to install.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Nice addition

      By Bruce the Hiker

      from Whittier, CA

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about Pentax O-ME53 Magnifying Eyecup:

        I use it on my K-S2. Makes the data in the viewfinder more legible. I have seen no downside from replacing the regular eyecup. Will order another one for my K-3.

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        5.0

        very nice eyecup!

        By geomancer

        from south carolina

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portraits

          Comments about Pentax O-ME53 Magnifying Eyecup:

          I've read the horror stories about this cup. i've had no problems with it whatsoever. it took less than a minute to change it out with the standard one. i won't say it makes an enormous difference, but it does help.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Excellent product

          By kenp1730

          from Fairhope, AL

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use

          Comments about Pentax O-ME53 Magnifying Eyecup:

          The product is easy to install and works well. The magnification helps when manually focusing.

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          • No

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Handy Accessory

          By Newfie

          from Austin, TX

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Macro Photography
            • Portraits

            Comments about Pentax O-ME53 Magnifying Eyecup:

            I shoot always with legacy lenses on a Pentax system.
            Because of my advanced age my eyes are not what they used to be. While this is not a splip prism it does
            enlarge the image slightly and is still bright.
            I get more keepers with this eyepiece

            Gavin McKinlay

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            • No

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            4.0

            Worthwhile upgrade

            By mgvh

            from MD USA

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Helps In Focusing

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Macro Photography

              Comments about Pentax O-ME53 Magnifying Eyecup:

              This replacement viewfinder is indeed a step up from the one that came with my K-30. Very simple to exchange viewfinders. I was hoping for a bit more magnification, but it is definitely better. It does help when using manual focus lenses. I can still easily see the bottom line of indicaters in the viewfinder, but I may have to move my eye a bit. Really not a problem.

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              5.0

              Must have item.

              By Mobil

              from N.E.Ohio

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use

                Comments about Pentax O-ME53 Magnifying Eyecup:

                Good for my aging eyes. I can still easily see the entire viewfinder with this.

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                • No

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                5.0

                O-ME53 Magnifying Eyecup by Pentax

                By epaulibus

                from Albuquerque, New Mexico

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape Photography
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Portraits
                  • Studio

                  Comments about Pentax O-ME53 Magnifying Eyecup:

                  This is a great product. I can now easily see what is going on in my viewfinder, especially the meter settings at the bottom.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Nice Addition.

                  By Pablo

                  from S. IL.

                  Comments about Pentax O-ME53 Magnifying Eyecup:

                  Nice compliment to the camera. Adds some space from the camera. Adds a bit of magnification to the viewfinder.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Overall this is great!

                  By Stoneman

                  from Great Norhwest

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Macro Photography

                    Comments about Pentax O-ME53 Magnifying Eyecup:

                    This works great on my K-30 and almost went on faster than taking it out of the package which was opening a box. I have major vision issues, yes vision issues and I'm into macro, so more help the better. I wear glasses and this sticks out just enough that I no longer have to smash my nose on the viewing screen. The one suggestion I can give, due to the magnification, would be to move your eye around to frame your picture because it's not like the original where everything just appears in the view finder. Overall this was an excellent purchase.

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                    5.0

                    Really Helps

                    By jfrrn117

                    from Glenview, Il

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Fine Art

                      Comments about Pentax O-ME53 Magnifying Eyecup:

                      This really helps those with bifocals.
                      Wish I had gotten it years ago.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Works exactly as expected.

                      By J.D. the tech team leader

                      from Gainesville, FL

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Pentax O-ME53 Magnifying Eyecup:

                        I take all sorts of photos and wear glasses or contact lenses. With this eyecup, I can take the photos without my glasses on. Several reviews I read prior to the purchase stated the loupe blocked some of the information at the bottom of the viewfinder. I wonder if those people had the eyecup pushed down all the way because I could see everything I normally see at the bottom of the viewfinder on my K-5. I would recommend the product.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Worth it

                        By Bill

                        from Florida

                        About Me Semi-Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use
                            • Landscape Photography
                            • Macro Photography

                            Comments about Pentax O-ME53 Magnifying Eyecup:

                            K5iis, K7.
                            There's no 'Wow' factor with this Eyecup. It's not expensive, and it helps with manual focusing. I don't wear glasses so I can't comment on any issues there, but I have noticed I need to move my eye up a little to see the readout at the bottom of the screen when needed, but it's not a problem.

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                            • No

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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            A must have accessory

                            By Long time Pentaxian

                            from Oakland, CA

                            Comments about Pentax O-ME53 Magnifying Eyecup:

                            For those of us with aging eyes, who like to shoot macro, this eyepiece is a blessing. It's sturdy and gets the job done. It also provides a little more distance between my glasses and the camera body which decreases accidental contact with the rear LCD screen and avoids scratches.

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