Eyecup, keep it on or not ?

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Tbamed Regular Member • Posts: 209
Eyecup, keep it on or not ?

Hi,

I've seen some photographer using their camera without the eyecup, I don't know if it is related but some second hand cameras don't have it as well...

Is there any reason, that I don't know , to remove them ?  or it is simply a part that can be lost frequently ?

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Mark Scott Abeln
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One of mine fell off immediately and got lost. And then another.

Another got so badly worn that it fell off after a while.

They do serve a purpose, but they don’t stay on well.

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Tbamed wrote:

Hi,

I've seen some photographer using their camera without the eyecup, I don't know if it is related but some second hand cameras don't have it as well...

Is there any reason, that I don't know , to remove them ? or it is simply a part that can be lost frequently ?

I went years without one after it broke off.  Recently upgraded and the eyecup is on now and I'll leave it on until it breaks off but then likely won't replace it when/if it does.  I don't know if they'd be more beneficial in an EVF, but i don't care either way with my dslrs. My guess is most people just don't bother replacing them when they lose them/break them.

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OP Tbamed Regular Member • Posts: 209
Re: Eyecup, keep it on or not ?

Thank you for the answers !

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drynn Contributing Member • Posts: 944
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I use a large Hoodman eyecup and leave it on all the time - it is actually quite difficult to get off, so I have no fear of losing it. It rotates easily, so going from landscape to portrait is not an issue.

If I were to sell the camera, I would remove the eyecup and put it on the replacement camera (assuming same fit).

alcelc
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For those who wear spectacles, an eyecup, specially a large and comfortable one, might make the eye more comfortable. It also help spectacles be able to get better sealed from surrounding light.

For evf, it is even more useful since while watching a tiny TV, when the lightness, color etc are important visual guide for exposure setting, to have a darker viewing environment is always better. Ovf might have smaller benefit from this.

For certain M43 MILCs, their owners look for an optional bigger eyecup for their evf.

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photonut2008
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Re: Eyecup, keep it on or not ?

Mark Scott Abeln wrote:

One of mine fell off immediately and got lost. And then another.

Another got so badly worn that it fell off after a while.

They do serve a purpose, but they don’t stay on well.

I don't have that problem with the circular ones on my D800 and D500.

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PhotoTeach2 Forum Pro • Posts: 12,501
Re: Eyecup, keep it on or not ?

Tbamed wrote:

Hi,

I've seen some photographer using their camera without the eyecup, I don't know if it is related but some second hand cameras don't have it as well...

Is there any reason, that I don't know , to remove them ? or it is simply a part that can be lost frequently ?

The lack of an eyecup can cause exposure errors on dSLR's by light entering through the eyepiece.

This is a more common when the sun is behind you.

I don't think that is an issue w/ ML.

YWG Senior Member • Posts: 1,203
Re: Eyecup, keep it on or not ?

Tbamed wrote:

Hi,

I've seen some photographer using their camera without the eyecup, I don't know if it is related but some second hand cameras don't have it as well...

Is there any reason, that I don't know , to remove them ? or it is simply a part that can be lost frequently ?

Some cameras I have they have stayed put for years. Others, they seem to come off quite easily and fall inside camera bag or onto ground and lost. It is preferable to have the eye cup for me to aid in shielding the viewfinder in bright conditions

Also, easier on my glasses

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