April 3, 2016 by Bengt
Well known red dot concept and a welcome addition for BIF.
The red dot concept is a well proven technique using ONLY ONE POINT. The optical design is ingenious, always keeping the red dot on the line between your eye and the target. This eliminates the need for precise positioning of the eye. If you move your head and eye enough for the red dot to disappear you are still on target as long as you have not moved the camera.
October 4, 2015 by Steven
A TERRIFIC ADDITION TO MY BAG OF TRICKS!
I bought the Electronic Dot Site to use with my Olympus Stylus 1s, which is among the finest cameras I've ever used. When the !s is set for around 300mm, as with nearly every camera, neither the LCD or the EVF is fast enough to track moving birds, running animals, or even fast moving, zigzagging racing sailboats as they move across the starting line. I've used my EE-1 for all of these purposes, both on my Stylus 1s and one of the best selling pro cameras from another manufacturer. It's easy to use and equally equally effective in bright sunlight when all LCD are washed out and difficult to use; or doing street shooting a night by the light of a street light about a block away. I wouldn't be without the EE-1, regardless of the cameras I happen to buy in the future.
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September 23, 2015 by harvey
Very Useful
I gave this product 5 stars because it does what its supposed to do. It helped me track airplanes and birds. It made it easier to do with the OMD EM-5 and the 14-150 lens because I could center the objects or place them where I wanted them in the composition without holding the eyepiece to my face. I like that. I could track them easier because it magnifies the image. It might result in less cropping. Can you use the LCD for this? Yes, but not with bright light at your back washing it out. Its harder to do with the LCD or the EVF with a distant object because they do not magnify the object, but the EE-1 does. Magnification makes it easier. I think I like this device. Have to gain experience with it. Will try it for photographing auto racing. A self contained, self powered device that does not need to communicate with the camera, it seems like it will work with any camera, even a film camera. May interfere with your Cap/Hat. Its a little bulky.
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September 20, 2015 by John
Ignore the previous review
This sight is one among many others available, mainly for guns, which exploit a sound and well established principle. A small light emitting diode is reflected from the surface of a partially silvered curved mirror - actually, one side of a glass lens. This has the effect of superimposing a red dot on the scene viewed through the lens. As the diode is placed at the focal point of the curved lens surface, the red dot appears to your eye to be at infinity. Although the dot appears to move about in the lens when you move your head, it actually remains centred over the image of the distant object which you originally aimed at. Thus it is the perfect wide-angle sight and does not require you to squint across and line up with two elements of a conventional rifle sight. If you can see the red dot, then you know instantly where your camera is pointing. Some intitial adjustment is required to synchronise the position of the dot with the image seen by the camera lens but, once this is done, no further adjustments are required. There is a small parallax error which is equal to the distance between the centre of the sight and the axis of the camera lens, just a few inches and this remains constant no matter how near or far the object is. So please do not be put off by ignorant statements by people who do not know what they are talking about.
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August 27, 2015 by David
Pretty much worthless
I do not know who designed this sight, but they need to go back to basic optics school. Whoever "wrote" the manual needs to join him in school as well to learn how to tell people how to use unfamiliar devices. Let's start with the manual. You get six pictures telling you how to install the battery and put the sight on the hot shoe. There is a one (very small) page written in microprint that tells you basically the same thing. The instructions for actually using the sight are to center the dot on the subject while it is centered in the camera monitor. That is it. Now let’s talk about actually using the sight. As anyone who has every used a gun or similar sighting system can tell you, you need two points to accurately align the gun/camera on a target. However, the EE-1 has only the dot. It moves wildly over the screen as you move your head, so if you move your eye from where it was when you set the dot on the screen, you are pointing in a totally different direction. The dot can even disappear with even modest rotation of the sight. When shooting with a 300 mm lens, even small differences can result in totally lost shots. Clearly, a second, stationary point is needed at the front or back of the sight so that there is consistent alignment between the eye, sight and subject. Because of such a fundamentally flawed design, I would give this a 0/5 if it were possible. Unless you have prior knowledge of how to use these sights and a trick to align them and sight consistently, avoid this sight as a waste of money.
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