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NIKON DK17M AND DK19 REVIEW

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PHOTO GEAR by KRISS on 05 march 2016

Ok, I know I’m getting old, my kids keep making fun of both of us lately, we’re dinosaurs for them « Dad, did Dinosaurs exist when you were a kid ? » .
Yes surely they did ! Anyways, there is some truth behind this and my eye sight is the one element that seems to weaken with age, as it does for everyone.
I used to score an amazing 120% at the optician when I was a kid and the last time I checked I still had 100% of both eyes working fine.
But it doesn’t mean they don’t get tired quicker, they actually do, and computers are not helping in that aspect.

As a result, my sharpness is not always 100% and I am more than happy to use fine tuned auto focused cameras and lenses and I don’t think it makes me less of a photographer, since it’s always been more or less a debate (auto focus vs manual focus).

Now the one things I forgot to mention in my post on hobbyists vs professional photographers or equipment, is that viewfinders in professional cameras are bigger than they are on consumer products and it does make a difference.
And by the way, the viewfinder is what you look at when you peep through your camera hole.
Yes, what you see is not standard and depending on the cameras it is bigger or smaller.

All the cameras I own and use daily have pretty decent viewfinders, still Nikon (and surely Canon and Sony I guess) has come up with an expensive eye piece they called DK17M, that can replace the viewfinder on your D800, D810, D4, D4s etc… What it does is that it magnifies it 1.2 times.
You can find it around 50 euros on amazon, adorama etc… and I find it outrageously expensive but so is all camera equipment.

A few weeks ago, I looked for such a solution to help my eyes work more comfortably and rest a bit so I looked at the product and saw very appealing examples of what magnifying the viewfinder 1.2 times did.
Also, being in in a very harsh sunny place now, I decided to purchase the DK19 rubber eye piece which is basically a cone that prevents side ray of lights from disturbing you.

This is my review of both products after a couple of days using them.

As regards to the DK17M, I have to admit it is slightly bigger but I could have benefited from a 1.4 or 1.5 magnification.
A little 20% more seems little to me and if I cannot deny I feel more comfortable with than without, I wouldn’t buy a bunch of them to put on all our cameras.

I definitely would if the damn things cost 20€ but honestly, 50€ for this is really a rip off.

Now, the DK19 on the hand is the one thing I wondered why I didn’t get it earlier ! By blocking all the light around your eye when you shoot, you get an incredible extra comfort and focus and even if the piece of rubber is a bit expensive for what it is (I paid mine 15€) it is incredibly useful and I definitely think about getting another few to equip our other cameras.
Not only does it block the unwanted light on the sides of your shooting eye, but also it prevents you from pushing your face painfully against the back of the camera.
And who hasn’t experienced the focus point going crazy just because their nose was poking it !

Also, all the credit for the photo of the beautiful model that illustrates the magnification of the viewfinder goes to the website photographylife.com.
I apologize but I can’t be bothered to make my own viewfinder thingy right now.

#nikon #test #equipment #DK17M #DK19

NIKON DK17M AND DK19 REVIEW

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NIKON DK17M AND DK19 REVIEW

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