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18 August, 2009

Sony Off Camera Cable for Flash and Magnifying Eyepiece

Sony Off-Camera Cable for Flash (FA-CC1AM) and Magnifying Eyepiece (FDA-ME1AM)

Firstly, a special thank you to Don who helped me getting those two items not available in Australia. Sony Australia does not have Magnifying Eyepiece (FDA-ME1AM) yet, and the Off-Camera Cable for Flash (FA-CC1AM) was out of stock when I last checked. I called Sony Australia, all they know was the items were out of stock and they have no idea if the items would be available in Australia. So I managed to get those from States.

The Sony Magnifying Eyepiece (FDA-ME1AM) is a relatively new accessory from Sony (just out for about a month). This Magnifying Eyepiece solves the problems of Sony DSLR camera's view finder being a bit too small (a long compliant), particularly for Sony A300/A330 and A350/A380 DSLR users. (I have Sony DSLR-A350)
Due to the live view implemented on Sony DSLR A300/A330 and A350/A380 cameras, the viewfinders' magnifier was only 0.74x, with with FDA-ME1AM eyepiece, the viewfinders become a more acceptable 0.85x.
For other Sony models, it brings A100/200/230's magnification from 0.83x to 0.95x, and 0.95x on A700 to 1.09x! Sony's full frame DSLR A900 has a much larger viewfinder to start with and is not compatible with this accessory.

AlphaMountWorld has a pretty good review about this product.

Sony Magnifying Eyepiece (FDA-ME1AM)

Some of you may remember that I have two Sony Flashes (both GN58). Unlike Canon or Nikon, Sony's DSLR has built-in wireless control for Sony/Minolta flashes. (Sony uses the low power light pulses (with digital signal encoded) to control remote flashes.) I've been using the two Sony Flashes wirelessly for quite a while, which has been working quite well for me. However, there are benefits when you control the flash(es) by a cable. This main cable has been out of Sony Australia's stock for quite a while, hence I get it at the same time from the States.

Sony Off-Camera Cable for Flash (FA-CC1AM)

(to Don: The States is usually the first or one of the first countries to have new gadgets/accessories, unlike Australia. Certain products/models are even available in here in Australia.)

(to Don: Antony is poor.)

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related blog entries:
two Sony GN58 Flashes; two's better than one (ch 11) (9 April, 2009)
Sony Super Quick Charger (31 March, 2009)
tracking myself with Sony GPS-CS1KASP (3 January, 2009)
one more Sony (Sony DSLR α350) (15 November, 2008)

Posted by Antony on 18 August 2009 11:24 PM | gadget, photos
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Well, you already know what I think about this from what I wrote on the box.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 19 August 2009 12:51 PM.
What did you write? On the Customs Declaration Form? I did not notice anything strange.
Posted by Antony on 19 August 2009 1:01 PM.
If you didn't already throw out the box, take off the customs declaration form.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 19 August 2009 1:05 PM.
Something 'hidden' underneath the Customs Declaration Form?
Posted by Antony on 19 August 2009 1:15 PM.
Yes.
Posted by Don_HH2K on 19 August 2009 1:19 PM.
Don't worry DON, he never throws away boxes!
Posted by Rev.Dr.Abbot Wu Yi on 19 August 2009 5:46 PM.
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