Hi All, I just bought a D200 as an upgrade to my D70s, and I love it - this is much closer to the "feel" of my beloved old F4 in my hands. What I'm curious about is a replacement eyepiece for the D200 - I had an adapter and a round eyecup on my F4 that did a great job of blocking the light, and was a good "cushion" against my eyeglasses. With all the options I'm finding, I'm yet to find the right combination of adapter and eyecup to properly fit this D200. Has anyone else made this change, and if so, may I ask what are the correct pieces to order? Thanks very much! Bob
(1) Nikon DK-3 eye cup; (2) Nikon FM2 eye piece; and (3) Nikon DK-22 adapter. These 3 pieces are easily put together and then the combination fits right onto the square frame of the viewfinder of your D200. If you want to make it easier, take a look at the link below to Precision Photo (aka Boca Photo). Scroll down about 2/3 of the way and you'll come across eye pieces. Look for the DK-3 eye kit (about $$33). Boca also makes a low cost alternative, although the rubber used in the cup is not close to the same quality of the rubber used in the Nikon eye cup.
Barry, I bought the eyepiece kit you described from Boca for my D300. A Perfect product with a perfect fit. The rubber eyepiece is worth it's weight in gold for us eyeglass wearers. I think I am seeing the whole viewfinder frame for the first time. Best $33 dollars I ever spend. More Nikon owners should consider this upgrade.
Can you please explain how the rubber eyepiece helps eyeglass wearers. It seems to me that you need to get your eye closer to the viewfinder to see the whole frame and that the rubber eyepiece would keep it further out.
Barry, I have found that with the rubber cup I am able to press my eyeglasses more "squarely" on the veiwfinder resulting in a clearer full frame view. After receiving your question, I took the rubber eyepiece off and noticed how I had a tendency to press my eyeglasses on the viewfinder with the top portion of my glasses hitting first and my lower portion being away from the viewfinder at an angle. The result was I was both not square to the viewfinder and more back light was able to enter. I notice quite frequently I was not really viewing the bottom row of settings in the viewfinder and if not careful was probably clicking the shutter without noticing changes to my meter readings. All my glasses also were showing signs of scratches and wear on the top side of my lenses. At least for me, this rubber eye piece is improving my shooting and I am feeling like I am better connected to my camera. Many someone has already said, "being connected to your camera is a good think".
>Barry, I bought the eyepiece kit you described from Boca for >my D300. A Perfect product with a perfect fit. The rubber >eyepiece is worth it's weight in gold for us eyeglass wearers. > I think I am seeing the whole viewfinder frame for the first >time. Best $33 dollars I ever spend. More Nikon owners >should consider this upgrade.
Update - first, thanks to all for taking the time to read my question and pitch in to help! I wound up ordering the Boca kit, which arrived today, and I could not agree more with Photo Jim. Fits like a glove, helps protect the glasses, and the view is great. I knew that it would be, as I had the same eye cup on my F4.
Now I just need to wait for that Nikkor 18-200mm zoom that I ordered today to arrive.......
(Funny - as a working musician for many years, we used to joke about G.A.S., or Gear Acquisition Syndrome...only recently did I realize how close a cousin N.A.S. can be!)
Anyway, thanks again to all, and happy and safe holidays to all!
Following the suggestions in this thread, I recently bought the three suggested items and mounted them on my D200 before doing some shooting this weekend.
Things were fairly hectic, and I actually forgot about the new Eyecup until I saw it on the floor, and nearby was the Finder Eyepiece. Nothing was broken, it just came apart. I guess I just didn't tighten it enough. So I put it back together today, tightening it more although it's not easy to grab the Eyepiece and I am reluctant to apply too much force.
Just wondering if this is something that can be expected to happen every once in a while.
I just ordered a really cheap "smells like China" eyecup - will give it a try, since I'm new to Nikon and haven't tried out my camera purchase all that much. Still learning...will see if this helps with my glasses! I saw many to chose from, and many internet reviews. So if there is a really great product out there, I may invest at some point. -------------------------------- >I just bought a D200...What I'm curious about is a replacement eyepiece for the D200 >- I had an adapter and a round eyecup on my F4 that did a >great job of blocking the light, and was a good >"cushion" against my eyeglasses. >With all the options I'm finding, I'm yet to find the right >combination of adapter and eyecup to properly fit this D200. >Has anyone else made this change, and if so, may I ask what >are the correct pieces to order? >Thanks very much! >Bob
Hi, You'll need a Nikon DK-22 adapter,DK-3 eyecup, and the FM, FE, FA, eyepiece. B&H has the eyepiece listed as #2925, or the equivalent diopter. Remember..........a monkey in a silk suit, is still a monkey. Regards, B.
The eyecup is not perfectly round, it is more ovular, and can be rotated for left or right-eyed shooting. The only drawback to it is that it is harder to remove (harder to lose, I guess).
Said junk box also had a Nikon AH-4 handgrip. I discarded the Nikon base plate, using my RRS L-bracket instead. I'm going to try the handgrip instead of a neckstrap. I remodeled a LowePro S&F Reporter 200 AW bag to hold a small kit of D200, 18-70, 35 f/1.8 and 105 macro. The top of the Lowepro opens with a zipper, so it is convenient to shove the lens/body into the center compartment.
All told, a pretty good evening for recycling long-forgotten accessories.
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