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Olympus EYECUP ME-1 MAGNIFIER

by Olympus

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  • Olympus AS-ME-1 Eyecup Magnifier for the Evolt E-300, E-420, E-410 and Evolt E-500 Digital Cameras.
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 2.4 x 0.8 inches ; 0.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000CBSGYE
  • Item model number: 260234
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

Product Description

The Olympus Magnifier Eyecup AS-ME-1 increases the viewfinder performance of the E-300 & E-500 by providing views 1.2 times larger than normal. Simply attach the eyecup magnifier in place of the standard eyecup and enjoy bigger views of subjects. Ease of use is thereby significantly enhanced during focusing and framing. The eyecup incorporates two lenses and measures 40 x 30 x 12mm.

Customer Reviews

I knew it was only x1.2, but now it's clear it's not even worth bothering...
Sarunas Burdulis
This doesn't magnify the smallish viewfinder very much but it makes manual focus a reasonable option.
Stephanie Sullivan
The viewfinder works fine with my glasses, but then, so did the original one.
Danton M.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By HMMWV TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 31, 2006
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OK - having read ALL 7 reviews (thank you other 7 for opening my eyes) I decided to plunk down the dough and buy one. I wasn't able to understand why people were so diametrically opposed to this simple accessory - it was always either God's gift to cameras or useless as the day is long. It arrived today by UPS (thanks Amazon prime - next day service!)

Here's what I can tell. I've been an Olympus user since the 2500 days - after the 2500 I graduated to the E20n - similar viewfinder - nice big image, easy to use. I avoided the E-1, content with my E20n and wondering what the 4/3 system would bring to revolutionize cameras or become another standard. Now I've moved to the Evolt 300 - and from day one, my biggest complaint has been "The viewfinder is too small" - still having my E20n I compared them - sure enough the 300 is smaller than the E20n. What's going on here?

I bought my AS-ME-1 and it clicked on easier than the rubber cup does. BAM suddenly my view was big again - like the E20n! I can see again. I can seeeee again! (little miami vice music here) And if you tweek the focus, it's a big deal.

My personal theory (and I am wrong as well as right) is that it depends if you use prescription glasses. Or maybe other prescriptions. The eye has an entrance pupil. The AS-ME-1 guides the light from the focus grid THROUGH that pupil. I personally like to shoot with my glasses on. Camera up, halfway push, fully push if happy, camera down. My friends remove their glasses, in their mouth they go, and up to the eye goes the rubber cup - and they shoot and shoot and shoot. They don't seem to be bothered by the E300.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Ronald K. Goodenow on December 7, 2006
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I own an E-300 and a bag full of manual focusing Olympus and Pentax lenses, which I use in addition to some auto-focus 4/3rds ones. As a glasses wearer I was constantly adjusting my diopter and straining to get things into focus when using the manuals, the result being perhaps 25% of my shots being unusable.

This little magnifier makes a big difference. On several recent outings I had absolutely great results. Most shots sharp and clear. There is a bit of a downside in that I have to work a little harder to see the readout in viewfinder, but I really don't need that.

Don't expect an eye-popping change, but a change you will notice.

Good product.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Brown on November 5, 2006
A number of photography review sites recommend the Eyecup Magnifier for the Olympus EVolt E-500 and I purchased it with my E-500. The complaint is the E-500 view finder is small compared to other DSLRs on the market. The Eyecup Magnifier fixes this problem instantly! I was/am glad I paid the extra for it!

I think Olympus should include it as a standard piece to the E-500 package, obviously that isn't going to happen.

If you purchase the EVolt E-500 and can only afford one accessory, buy the Eyecup Magnifier.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gregory A. Brown on March 8, 2006
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The ME-1 Eyecup is an excellent addition to the E-300 and E-500. I have the E-500 and the ME-1 Eyecup brings everything you are viewing closer and clearer.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Original aspect ratio on August 1, 2006
It give you a 20% increase in the size of what you are viewing. It's a keeper.

Yes, it makes focusing easier, but don't expect it to be like a big-screen TV.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stephanie Sullivan TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 18, 2007
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I have a lot of olympus manual focus lenses from my old OM-4t. I like to use these, but the E-Volt 500 has a poor viewfinder for manual focusing.

The AS-ME-1 is just enough to help. It's not perfect - constricts the field of view more than I would like - but it makes manual focusing doable and reasonable for me. This doesn't magnify the smallish viewfinder very much but it makes manual focus a reasonable option.

Oh yeah, it's much more comfortable against my eye than the default eyecup.

Update May 2013:
It's a little late but I've been using the ME-1 on my OM-30 for several years. The OM-30 came with a large brighter viewfinder than the old E-Volt 500. Maybe my aging eyes need it or maybe I'm just spoiled but I like it even more with the OM-30.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Danton M. on March 19, 2007
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This review essentially repeats what some of the earlier ones have said: I don't notice much difference with this eyecup. The information is a little more difficult to read along the side of the viewfinder, but not distractingly so. The viewfinder works fine with my glasses, but then, so did the original one. No complaints, but no distinct recommendation, either.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By stuartc27 on July 4, 2009
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The eyecup is useful for my needs. I have a e-620. It provides the magnification and the soft rubber helps when placing my eye to the view finder. The one challenge is the eyecup hangs a fraction to low for one to open the lcd panel, but a slight touch upwards allows one to make the swing. Since I don't move the lcd out very much, it doesn't matter to me.
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