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Old Feb 1, 2008, 7:10 PM   #1
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I seem to have lost the eyepiece cup for my KM 5D. They are discontinued by Minolta. I found a replacement on ebay, but it's in Great Britain and would cost me about $40 including shipping.

Does anybody know if the Sony eyepiece cup for the A100 ((FDA-EP1AM Eyepiece Cup)would fit on the 5D?Even if it's not a perfect body as long as it aligns with the viewfinder (are they the same size onbothcameras?)

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Old Feb 1, 2008, 7:23 PM   #2
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The size and shape of the eyepieces of most dSLRs are identical. Sony eyecups, diopter lenses, angle viewers, and magnifiers, will fit Minolta, Canon, Nikon and Fuji dSLRs, and vice versa. I don't know about Olympus andPentax, but I suspect they will fit those as well.
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Old Feb 1, 2008, 7:28 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info. I will give it a shot and verify here if it fits once I try it out.
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Old Feb 1, 2008, 10:13 PM   #4
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There seems to be several different eyepiece cups. Check this page:

http://www.mhohner.de/minolta/camera_acc.php#viewf
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I just tried the eyecup from my Sony DSLR-A700 on my Konica Minolta Maxxum 5D, and it fits just fine. The inside dimensions where the eyecup slides on to the camera appear to be identical between both eyecups.

There are some differences in the rubber section towards your eye. The a700 eyecup is softer and thicker, with slight differences in the design towards the top on each side.

If you wear eyeglasses you may want to take the extra thickness into consideration. Otherwise, it looks like it would work fine.

Since the A100 viewfinder design is closer to the A100 for eye relief, it's eyecup would probably be designed to work better for eyeglass wearers. But, I don't have an A100 eyecup to try on the 5D.

If you don't wear glasses, you may want to try the softer and thicker A700 eyecup.

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Old Feb 2, 2008, 9:09 AM   #6
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There seems to be several different eyepiece cups.
Different cups are used from model to model and manufacturer to manufacturer, but the size and shape ofdSLR eyepieces is mostly universal. That characteristic is what permits products like this:

http://www.hoodmanusa.com/prodinfo.asp?number=H%2DRAV
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