DSLR accessories

DSLR eyecup

Written by Gail Bjork

Eyecup magnifiers and diopter lenses improve viewing through a DSLR viewfinder.

EyecupDigital single lens reflex camera viewfinders come with various levels of enlargement and brightness. Some people, however, may find the size of the image in the viewfinder too small for comfortable viewing. There are a variety of eyecups that can be purchased to address these issues.

Eyecup magnifiers

An eyecup magnifier enlarges the size of the image projected in the viewfinder, while making it slightly dimmer. A larger view can be useful for photographers with bad eyesight or those who enjoy manual focusing.

Eyecup magnifiers replace the eyecup provided with the camera. They can be installed in seconds.

Dioptric correction lenses

Dioptric correction lenses correct vision and improve a photographer’s ability to focus and compose a photograph while looking through a viewfinder. Correction lenses are purchased with an eyecup that attaches to a camera’s eyepiece.

Diopter lenses come in a variety of strengths for near- and far-sightedness, for example -2.0, +3.0. An optician can tell you the strength needed.

Rubberized eyecup

The perimeter of the eyecup is made of soft rubber material, which helps keep out extraneous light and makes it more comfortable when holding the viewfinder against the face.

Eyecup magnifiers and diopter correction lenses can be purchased from the camera manufacturer, or ordered at most camera stores.

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.