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Sony FDA-ME1AM Magnifying Eyepiece for (alpha) Camera Viewfinder image
 
(based on 5 ratings)
Brand: Sony
Located in: Cameras & Lenses, Digital Cameras & Accessories
Sony FDA-ME1AM Magnifying Eyepiece for (alpha) Camera Viewfinder
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Avg. Customer Rating:
 
3 stars
(based on 5 reviews)
40% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Best Uses:
Portraits(3)
 
Vary good for critical focus
By WNY PhotobugVerified Purchaser from Weastern New York USA on 3/7/2011
Pros:
Compact Design, Improves Picture Quality
Cons:
None
Best Uses:
Close Up Filming, Shooting Indoors, Shooting Outdoors, Upgrade
Describe Yourself:
Macro photographer, Wild life photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony FDA-ME1AM Magnifying Eyepiece for (alpha) Camera Viewfinder:

I replaced a Pentax mag viewer with this 1.5 mag eye piece.
Have been vary happy with it sence it magnifis the full view finder for better manual focus. And not just for macro, for all phots. Helps me clearly see if the focus is spot on or not.

 
Well worth it if you don't need eyestart
By PaulVerified Reviewer from Riverside, CA on 9/27/2010
Pros:
Compact Design, Covers full field of view, Easy To Use, Improves Picture Quality
Cons:
Magnifies only slightly
Best Uses:
Shooting Outdoors
Describe Yourself:
Tech Savvy
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony FDA-ME1AM Magnifying Eyepiece for (alpha) Camera Viewfinder:

I got this viewfinder magnifier to help me find more accurate focus with long lenses for wildlife photography and macro lenses for flowers & insects. Although 1.15x is not much on paper, it does add just enough to make my a700's viewfinder that much roomier & allow me to see more clearly whether focus is right on or just off. Compared to off-brand high-magnification eyepiece accessories that I've tried before, this one is a lot easier to use (with glasses in my case) because it protrudes less from the back and maintains full coverage of the viewfinder area and the settings displayed along the bottom edge. It covers the eyestart sensors but that doesn't matter for me as I find those are more likely to drain the battery unnecessarily with false starts (when carrying or handling the camera) than genuinely saving me any time when there's shooting to be done.

 
not worth the money
By Nevada ChuckVerified Purchaser from Fernley, NV on 10/20/2009
Cons:
Blocks the "eye start", Not enough magnification
Best Uses:
Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony FDA-ME1AM Magnifying Eyepiece for (alpha) Camera Viewfinder:

I was disappointed with this product, and doubly so since I'm a confirmed Sony user. The magnification is minimal, and the camera's "Eye start" auto-focus feature can't be used when this eyepiece magnifier is in place.

 
Not worth it
By Nevada ChuckVerified Purchaser from Fernley, NV on 9/29/2009
Pros:
Easy to Use
Best Uses:
Everyday Photos, Portraits
Describe Yourself:
Semi-Pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony FDA-ME1AM Magnifying Eyepiece for (alpha) Camera Viewfinder:

This eyepiece adapter is of limited use. It barely magnifies the view in the viewfinder, and blocks the two small eye-start windows that start AF function before the shutter button is even touched.

[2 of 2 customers found this review helpful]

 
Not all that great
By Sony TonyVerified Reviewer from Minnesota on 8/8/2009
Pros:
Build quality, Optical quality
Cons:
Hard to use with glasses, Magnification level
Best Uses:
Everyday Photos, Home, Outdoors, Portraits, Sports/Action, Travel, Weddings/Events
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony FDA-ME1AM Magnifying Eyepiece for (alpha) Camera Viewfinder:

This thing is pretty near impossible to use while wearing glasses. Looking through it, it isn't incredibly comfortable to look through because you feel like your eye is going to touch the glass. Also, the magnification is almost unnoticeable at 1.15X and I had to switch between it and nothing several times to notice the difference in view size. I'll probably be keeping mine just to avoid return shipping fees and all that , but I wont be recommending it to anyone.

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