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bully74uk
7th August 2008, 08:17 AM
Im sure I read somewhere that there is a different viewfinder available for the E510 that gives a larger view ?
Does anyone have any information on it like the model number, how much of an improvement it is over the standard viewfinder, cost etc ?

Thanks

HughofBardfield
7th August 2008, 08:48 AM
Not a different viewfinder, but the ME-1 ( http://www.olympus.co.uk/consumer/198_me-1.htm ) does provide some additional magnification, at the expense of making the edges of the VF more difficult to pick up (especially with glasses). It simply slides on in place of the existing eyecup. Some people think it rocks, others think it's pretty useless. I find mine helpful, especially with MF. If you can, try before you buy.

I bought mine from the far east via eBay. Saved a few £ over the UK price (currently £34 from Digital Depot ex p&p).

Some people say the larger EP-6 eyecup ( http://www.olympus.co.uk/consumer/198_ep-6.htm ) is actually more help because it excludes more extraneous light.

You don't say why you are interested, but if you are wanting it for MF, a replacement focusing screen, like the Katz Eye ( http://www.katzeyeoptics.com/ ) may help. Cheaper, Chinese-made versions are available on eBay, but some do not focus accurately or foul up the metering. Also note that the E4xx and E5xx focusing screens are not designed to be user-replaceable and tinkering inside your camera may impact your warranty.

StephenL
7th August 2008, 08:54 AM
As a spectacle user (bifocals) I find the EP-6 to be most helpful for "normal" use. Like Hugh, I bought mine via Ebay.

mike_j
7th August 2008, 09:18 AM
If you are using a prime lens it would be interesting to try something like the appropriate Voigtlander accessory viewfinder.

The newer brightline finders are a pleasure to use especially on wide angle, though of course not 'through the lens' viewing. Note that you would need the nearest 35mm equivalent finder - eg for 8mm you would use the 15mm finder.

Ray Shotter
7th August 2008, 10:37 AM
I found the ME-1 a great improvement over the standard eyepiece when I was using an E-510 and I do use spectacles.

Ray.

Ian
7th August 2008, 11:41 AM
I wrote a review of the ME-1 over on FTU last year:

http://fourthirds-user.com/2007/09/olympus_me1_magnifier_eyecup_review.php

Ian

bully74uk
7th August 2008, 05:11 PM
You don't say why you are interested

After reading the E510 reviews it was apparent that the 'small' viewfinder was one of the cons.
I haven't really got anything other than my previous EVF bridge camera to compare against but if I can get a bigger magnification of view for a relatively small outlay then I may be tempted.

StephenL
7th August 2008, 06:00 PM
I came to the E-510 from the large, luxurious finder of the Canon 5D, and viewfinder size was the one thing I was concerned about before I migrated. However, I soon adapted to it. It's fair to say that it's the thing I wish would change most about the camera, along with the viewfinder info being on the right side of the image rather than below, but I am now used to it and it's not such a big deal in the real world.*yes

After reading the E510 reviews it was apparent that the 'small' viewfinder was one of the cons.

Ellie
8th August 2008, 12:19 AM
I use the magnifying eyecup, it's a different shape from the one supplied with my camera and it took a bit of getting used to, but it's fine now. The one thing I have to try to remember is that the camera sees more than I do, I try to allow for that.