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PentaxO-ME53 Magnifying Eyecup
 
4.6

(based on 122 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (85)

  • 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

 

excellent low-budget upgrade

I scoured the Internet for ways to improve the viewfinder of my Olympus E-620 and the Pentax O-ME53 was the recommended solution. I have never used a viewfinder magnifier and I was initially...Read complete review

I scoured the Internet for ways to improve the viewfinder of my Olympus E-620 and the Pentax O-ME53 was the recommended solution. I have never used a viewfinder magnifier and I was initially hesitant due to the added optical elements in the line of sight, but after modifying the magnifier for my camera (a process which took several hours of very precise cutting and filing), I was surprised to see a very nice improvement in viewfinder size.

I wear glasses and the magnification does require me to adjust the viewfinder diopter as well as move my eye to see the viewfinder info display. Not a big deal. My typical subjects don't move fast.

A comparison of the viewfinder size between the E-620 with the O-ME53, without the O-ME53, and my other camera (an Olympus E-410) does lead me to the conclusion that the viewfinder magnifier is a great improvement.

There's no distortion to the 80% of the central viewfinder that I'm concerned with.

VS

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 122 customers

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5.0

Works as described

By SA Photo

from Richmond, Va.

Verified Buyer

Comments about Pentax O-ME53 Magnifying Eyecup:

Bought this for my K1, works well

 
5.0

Great product

By Douglas

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Pentax O-ME53 Magnifying Eyecup:

Great service and product. Greatly helps with focusing with 15mm lens.

 
5.0

Compatible with my K-5

By Arthur

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Pentax O-ME53 Magnifying Eyecup:

Good quality and not too expensive. Helpful if you want to get a detailed image. No issue when I wear my glasses.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

worth money...

By Thaddeus

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Pentax O-ME53 Magnifying Eyecup:

I am not young (69), so that device is really useful.

 
5.0

I would buy this product again.

By David

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Pentax O-ME53 Magnifying Eyecup:

Fits nicely on my Pentax K-70. Excellent clarity. Small amount of vignetting, but that is to be expected.

 
5.0

Sight for old guys

By comprock

from Portland, Maine

Verified Buyer

Comments about Pentax O-ME53 Magnifying Eyecup:

For old folks and manual lens users, this is a must. Since trying it once, I've owned and used on every camera. Others I've encoutered using it, swear by it too.

 
5.0

Worthwhile addition to my cameras

By Robert

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Pentax O-ME53 Magnifying Eyecup:

I bought two of these, one for a K-5 and one for a K-1. The added magnification is subtle but worthwhile, and makes for much easier manual and critical focusing. As a bonus it moves my face slightly off the back of the camera, which is wonderful because I'm a left eye shooter. Gives my thumb better access to the control dial.

 
5.0

Great Magnifying Eyecup

By Ralph

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Pentax O-ME53 Magnifying Eyecup:

essential ingredient.
Makes viewing much better

 
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.

 
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!

 
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.

 
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

 
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.

 
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.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    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.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      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.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (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

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            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.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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