Using the KPS U-13C Magnifying Eyepiece

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The viewfinder on my Canon 400D digital SLR is just too small. It makes me squint and it’s not big enough to use manual focus comfortably. So I hit the web to see what can be done about it and found out that I needed a magnifying eyepiece. There’s the Olympus ME-1 (1.2x magnification) and Nikon DK-21M (1.15x) which supposedly fit Canon cameras.

But, having read some reviews online, I decided to go with the lesser-known KPS U-13C Magnifying Eyepiece from a Korean company called Seculine, which offers 1.35x magnification. I bought the one with two different eyecups from eBay for some €40 including shipping.

Am I happy with the KPS U-13C? Yes, I am:

  • Nice and solid build quality;
  • Fits tightly on the camera;
  • Noticeable 1.35x magnification;
  • Packaged with adapter pads, screws, and screwdriver, there’s no need for any DIY modifications;
  • Sharp;
  • Reasonably priced.

Any negatives about the KPS U-13C? Well, not really, it’s just a simple eyepiece after all.

As you can see, the eyepiece is compatible with most popular brands (including Fentax!) and camera models through the three different adapter pads that come delivered with it:


Do you use a magnifying eyepiece? What are your experiences? Please share in the comments.

Next up on my wishlist is a focusing screen, any advice?

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My Handwritten Blog Post

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It’s funny working in the Internet industry, there must have been days I didn’t even write one single word on paper. Therefore, I decided to handwrite a blog post. And to be honest, I didn’t like it very much. It takes a whole lot of time to scan the thing, way much longer than typing a post!

Handwritten Blog Post


For those of you who are having trouble reading my handwriting (including myself and you search bots!) here you go:

  • If I handwrite a blog post, will it rank lower in search engines because the search bot can’t read it?
  • When applying for a job before the digital era, did people mention how many words they can write per minute instead of keystrokes?
  • I love this Flickr pool about handwritten blogs.
  • Life would be easier if companies and government agencies would accept a digital scan of my signature more often!
  • Has anyone tried turning their handwriting into a font through

So, what about your handwriting?

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Indonesian Batik Pattern

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Batik, a wax-resist dyeing technique on textile, is a traditional art form from Indonesia. It’s currently enjoying some sort of retro revival among Indonesia’s stylish urbanites. I regret that I never attended one of those batik workshops when I was still living in Yogyakarta and learn more about the techniques to create such beautiful patterns. But hey, see what one can create on a rainy day with Adobe Illustrator and a quick look in the wardrobe:

Indonesian Batik Pattern

Above pattern is loosely based on this original:

Original Batik


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Catching up on RSS Feeds Feels like Doing an Overload of Homework

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I graduated from high school majoring in eight subjects: Art, my native Dutch language, English, French, German, Greek, History, and Math. This set of subjects was often referred to as a ‘fun package’ since it’s composed of so many ‘alpha’ subjects. Not necessarily so, reading nearly a hundred books for interviews on literature in a foreign language wasn’t my idea of fun during the final year. Being students, we cheated of course. For Greek, for example, we went to the library to get a copy of Plato’s The Cave translated into Dutch and copied the text in our own notebooks. We read the books under 150 pages and learned the summaries of the other books by heart for the other languages.

I can vividly remember the night when I was preparing for my interview on Dutch literature. It was 8 o’ clock in the evening, and I still had to ‘read’ eight more books. This meant that I had to catch up on a single book every 1,5 hours, this was tough even with the summary and additional newspaper articles. (I didn’t have the luxury of the Internet yet back in 1998.)

Reading just the summary of a highly acclaimed literary achievement didn’t make me feel particularly good about myself back in the days as a student. I knew I was missing out on fine subtleties and much of what’s between the lines. There was no time or opportunity to actually enjoy reading a book nor could I form my own opinion about a book.

You get the message so let’s get to the point. Catching up on RSS feeds and the online news, very much feels like doing homework and who doesn’t hate doing his or her homework? When I’m trying to catch up on 1000+ unread items, I get the very same feeling I had preparing for those interviews on literature 10 years ago. Too much homework leads to overload, overload leads to distortion, and news distortion is dangerous.

Even though TechMeme and linkblogs of shared feed items serve as reasonable summaries and pointers for further reading, I know I’m still missing out on unique and original content on the web. Scanning headlines and/or hitting the ‘Mark all as read’ button in Google Reader feels like sin against content, those small little gems of posts will never catch my attention again, ever.

Unfortunately, I’m unable to match Robert Scoble, who can read over 600 feeds a day through a process of impression, scanning headlines, keywords, and post authors, and structuring based on current events (or something like that). To compare, I’m subscribed to some 350 feeds, read between 150-250 items a day, most of which I read in the morning and on Mondays.

Should I cut down on the number of feeds I’m subscribed to? Probably yes. But it doesn’t really solve my problem. Overload is inherent to today’s publishing craze. And most websites and blogs seem to agree that more is better, thereby only adding to more overload. Everywhere on the web we see links and suggestions along the lines of More like this, Related posts, You might also be interested in, and Customers who bought this, also bought that. Nice attempts to catch my attention, but hardly ever useful. To be honest, I’m not interested in more at all, there’s so much content coming at me already on a daily basis. More isn’t going to catch my attention anymore, I want less and deeper content and/or a better way to structure it around themes, topics, and personal interests.

I’m afraid of becoming fed up with the news like I got fed up with the news on television, I’m also afraid that the joy of reading disappears when RSS overload kicks in. What is the solution then? I honestly don’t know. An ideal service would be one that is able to cope with overload and summarizes the news for me, personalizes and/or ranks it based on my reading preferences, and preferably, a service that encourages me to think and engage with the news, not just to follow it. Do you know of any such service?

Or, like Robert Scoble says at the end of this video, should I just forget about it and is ignorance bliss after all? Nah, it isn’t.

And by the way, I passed all my interviews and exams.

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