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    The EE-1 Dot Sight

    This has passed well under my radar, but it's a very interesting product for certain kinds of photography:

    The new Olympus EE-1 dot sight will make you feel like on a shooting range | Photo Rumors

    I've been involved some heated discussions around electronic viewfinders and action photography, but this device will, if it works as advertised, be a big help for those who want to shoot birds in flight, air shows and racing vehicles with a mirrorless camera. Basically, it's an optical viewfinder to place in the viewfinder, making it easier to track subjects that change direction or speed abruptly. In addition, one will be able to see subjects that have disappeared from the viewfinder more easily, since it's a rather open solution, making it easier to "catch up". I wonder how it handles parallax error. Also, one would need the hybrid AF of the E-M1 to be sure about focus tracking, and even then... I'm not sure.

    It would be interesting to hear from anybody who has tried it.

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    Re: The EE-1 Dot Sight

    B&H says it is not available yet. Also that it works with the M5 but didn't say M10 or M1???

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    Re: The EE-1 Dot Sight

    Quote Originally Posted by scott kirkpatrick View Post
    B&H says it is not available yet. Also that it works with the M5 but didn't say M10 or M1???

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    Maybe with the E-M1 II then.

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    Re: The EE-1 Dot Sight

    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    Maybe with the E-M1 II then.
    It's just a sports finder that slides into the accessory slot. If you want extreme precision in the placement of the dot (both vertical and horizontal) it may depend on the camera, but if you are trying to track a fast moving bird or critter, parallax errors might not be that important. For shooting team sports, I would want to know if there are some frame lines indicated.

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    Re: The EE-1 Dot Sight

    I ordered one from Olympus directly when I ordered the E-M5 Mark II.
    Have the E-M5 II, but Olympus hasn't been shipping the EE-1 yet.
    AFAIK the EE-1 should work with the E-M5 II.
    I am interested to find out how it works in combination with the 40-150/2.8 or the upcoming 300/4.
    With best regards, K-H.

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    Re: The EE-1 Dot Sight

    This externally-mounted dot sight is perfect for super-telephoto photography of wild birds.
    This accessory assists in framing when photographing far-away subjects. The brightness and position of the reticle can be adjusted.
    Because it is powered by a coin-type battery, it can be used when attached to the hot shoe or cold shoe.
    FEATURES:
    • Dustproof and splashproof dot sight.
    • Compatible with any camera with a hot/cold shoe mount.
    • Slide lever style opening mechanism.
    • Reticle brightness and position can be adjusted.
    • Perfect for super telephoto shots of wildlife.
    So it should work on any camera, no ?

    Note: Ships in late May ...

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    Re: The EE-1 Dot Sight

    Quote Originally Posted by Knorp View Post
    So it should work on any camera, no ?

    Note: Ships in late May ...

    Kind regards.
    Thanks Bart. Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review: Digital Photography Review, quote:
    "There's also the EE-1 'dot sight.' This is essentially a hotshoe-mounted version of the sight built into the company's SP100 superzoom compact. it's designed to help you aim the camera quickly while focusing on distant, moving subjects where there's a risk of the target disappearing out of frame and you not knowing which direction to move the camera to find it again. The EE-1 contains its own battery, so can be mounted onto any camera with a hotshoe."
    With best regards, K-H.
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    Re: The EE-1 Dot Sight

    wow, did not know the red dot sight needed power. Guess it will be used to adjust the position of the dot?

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    Re: The EE-1 Dot Sight

    very interesting product... assuming the camera's AF can keep up

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    I believe the E-M1 with firmware 3.0 has a good chance Not sure about the E-M5ii thought for which the E-E1 is designed for.

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    Re: The EE-1 Dot Sight

    Quote Originally Posted by mazor View Post
    I believe the E-M1 with firmware 3.0 has a good chance Not sure about the E-M5ii thought for which the E-E1 is designed for.
    The dpreview guys seem rather impressed by the E-M5II's ability to focus and track up to 4 frames per second. Continuous release mode has to be set to off, opposite the default setting.

    I let me 3 O-MD cameras only fire when in focus, whether it's for AF-S or AF-C.
    With best regards, K-H.

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    Re: The EE-1 Dot Sight

    I am absolutely enjoying C-AF on the E-M1 since the firmware 3.0 update was released. The camera is like a totally different camera. I like the C-AF setting so much that I use it sometimes in Single shot modes even. The way the lens focuses brings me back to DSLR days. When lighting is not so ideal, I switch back to S-AF takes over where C-AF fails in low light.
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    Re: The EE-1 Dot Sight

    Quote Originally Posted by mazor View Post
    I am absolutely enjoying C-AF on the E-M1 since the firmware 3.0 update was released. The camera is like a totally different camera. I like the C-AF setting so much that I use it sometimes in Single shot modes even. The way the lens focuses brings me back to DSLR days. When lighting is not so ideal, I switch back to S-AF takes over where C-AF fails in low light.
    Many thanks. I seem to be operating very similarly with my E-M1, firmware 3.0.
    With best regards, K-H.

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    Re: The EE-1 Dot Sight

    So what is the battery for in the EE-1? I thought it would function like the wire frame sports finder on an old Speed Graphic, letting you see well outside the frame.

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    Re: The EE-1 Dot Sight

    Quote Originally Posted by scott kirkpatrick View Post
    So what is the battery for in the EE-1? I thought it would function like the wire frame sports finder on an old Speed Graphic, letting you see well outside the frame.

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    dunno yet - all it says "powered by a coin-type battery" ...
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    Re: The EE-1 Dot Sight

    Quote Originally Posted by scott kirkpatrick View Post
    So what is the battery for in the EE-1? I thought it would function like the wire frame sports finder on an old Speed Graphic, letting you see well outside the frame.

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    Probably for lighting up the red dot, and hopefully adjusting it for parallax error on compatible cameras according to focal length.

    Just guessing

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    Re: The EE-1 Dot Sight

    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    Probably for lighting up the red dot, and hopefully adjusting it for parallax error on compatible cameras according to focal length.

    Just guessing
    I like the idea of lighting up the red dot, but I don't see how it will know the focal length or distance at which the lens is focused. It works in a hot or a cold shoe, so it doesn't seem to be using the viewfinder port (which the M5 ii lacks anyway).

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    Re: The EE-1 Dot Sight

    Quote Originally Posted by scott kirkpatrick View Post
    I like the idea of lighting up the red dot, but I don't see how it will know the focal length or distance at which the lens is focused. It works in a hot or a cold shoe, so it doesn't seem to be using the viewfinder port (which the M5 ii lacks anyway).

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    You have a point, but then, I'm just guessing (and dreaming)

    But how can the dot be placed correctly if it doesn't know the focal length?

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    Re: The EE-1 Dot Sight

    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    You have a point, but then, I'm just guessing (and dreaming)

    But how can the dot be placed correctly if it doesn't know the focal length?


    Well, the EE-1 [Eagle's Eye] is effective at infinity or near infinity, but seems to require adjustment for parallax.
    Perhaps we ought to read the Stylus SP-100EE's webpage (or the manual) for a clue: Olympus SP-100EE features

    Note: for fun read this "Comparison of SP-100EE's built-in dot sight and external dot sight" ...

    Kind regards.
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    Re: The EE-1 Dot Sight

    The link to olympus-asia wasn't working for me, but here's another:
    Olympus SP-100EE Review | PhotographyBLOG
    This superzoom certainly seems like the source of the idea. Since it is built-in in this product, the EE could know the focal length and even attempt a little parallax correction, but the illustration doesn't show frame lines (which would need to know the focal length). It's an old principle of anti-aircraft weaponry -- your eyes can track a little bird in the middle of a lot of sky, and you just want to keep it more or less centered in the frame.

    scott

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