Our E-Clypse MAGs have been created specifically for the Leica user after rigorous design and testing by us – they are not generic eyecup magnifiers that we have re-branded: the nuances of rangefinder photography bring together the individuality of the Leica photographer and the special requirements of the rangefinder, and our E-Clypse MAGs aid this synthesis.
E-Clypse MAGs enhance the rangefinder style of photography by preventing stray light from entering the eye when looking through the viewfinder. Stray light is not only a distraction but reduces the contrast essential to the photographer during composition. The other eye remains free to take in the peripheral view and activity.
In addition, high-quality multi-element, multicoated optics enlarge or reduce the viewfinder image (depending on the model). The optics housing is precision made from brass and high-grade black-anodized 6061 aluminum alloy, and is threaded to accept Leica diopter lenses.The eyecup is made of silicon rubber, which is tough, unaffected by most substances, resistant to permanent deformation, and has a very long life.
E-Clypse MAGs are attached to your camera using the viewfinder thread, in exactly the same way as the viewfinder magnifier and diopter lenses manufactured by Leica itself. E-Clypse MAGs fit Leica M cameras with an M12 × 0.5 viewfinder thread (all models from the Leica M9 back to the Leica M3).
We produce a range of E-Clypse MAGs with different magnifications and eyecup diameters.
E-Clypse MAG 1.45x 34 with Diopter correction
E-Clypse Mag 1.45X 34mm Diopter- more than meets the eye
E-Clypse MAG 1.45x magnifies the viewfinder image by 45%, and has a 34 mm diameter circular silicon rubber eyecup. E-Clypse MAG 1.45x increases the focusing accuracy of your Leica 45%, by magnifying the focusing patch, and makes telephoto lenses easier to use by magnifying the frame lines. A diopter correction feature allows for adjustments in a range of +3.0 to - 3.0.
When used on the M9 or M240, the image size will be brought to a ratio of 1:1 making binocular vision through the viewfinder possible if you are accustomed to composing and shooting with both eyes opened.
Above: E-Clypse Mag 1.45x 34D with adjustable diopter
E-Clypse MAG 1.25x 34
E-Clypse MAG 1.25x 42
E-Clypse MAG 1.25x magnifies the viewfinder image by 25%, and has either a 42 mm or 34 mm diameter circular silicon rubber eyecup. E-Clypse MAG 1.25x increases the focusing accuracy of your Leica 25%, by magnifying the focusing patch, and makes telephoto lenses easier to use by magnifying the frame lines. When used with E-Clypse MAG 1.25x, a Leica with a 0.58x viewfinder has a magnification of 0.72x, a 0.72x viewfinder becomes 0.9x, and a 0.85x viewfinder becomes 1.06x (i.e. effectively life size).
E-Clypse MAG 1.25x works equally well whether the camera is held in portrait or landscape orientation. You can keep E-Clypse Mag 1.25x on your camera permanently – its robust design and compact shape prevent it from becoming accidentally detached or being a hindrance when your Leica M is not being used, for example when stored in your camera bag.
E-Clypse Mag 1.25x 34mm – also available with 42mm diameter eye cup:
E-Clypse MAG 0.85x 34
E-Clypse MAG 0.85x 42
E-Clypse MAG 0.85x reduces the size of the viewfinder image by 15%, and has either a 34 mm or 42 mm diameter circular silicon rubber eyecup. The reduced 85% view provided by E-Clypse MAG 0.85x makes the wider frame lines easier to see (appreciated by spectacle wearers), and allows the camera to be held further from your eye (for those not wearing spectacles).
E-Clypse MAG 0.85x works equally well whether the camera is held in portrait or landscape orientation. You can keep E-Clypse EyeCup Mag 0.85x on your camera permanently – its robust design and compact shape prevent it from becoming accidentally detached or being a hindrance when your Leica M is not being used, for example when stored in your camera bag.
E-Clypse MAG 0.85x 34 E-Clypse MAG 0.85x 42
Engineering E-Clypse MAG
At the heart of the E-Clypse MAG system is an outer 6061 aluminum alloy ring that supports the silicon rubber eyecup. The eyecup is available in two diameters, 34 mm or 42 mm. Mounted inside this ring is the lens housing, constructed from brass. As well as enclosing the lens elements, this housing has precision brass threads that attach the E-Clypse MAG to the camera viewfinder.
Below, the E-Clypse MAG, brass and aluminum alloy core shown with the eye cup removed (not recommended):