Every once in awhile a gadget comes out that seems to fly under the radar despite the fact that it has the opportunity to be a game changer in the market. The Olympus EE-1 Dot Sight is exactly that. One of the main complaints about mirrorless cameras is that due to their lack of an optical viewfinder, tracking fast-moving subjects in nature and sports can be near impossible. The EE-1 looks to change this by offering any photographer with a mirrorless camera that has a hotshoe a simple-to-use option to help replace the optical viewfinder when tracking subjects.
The Olympus EE-1 Dot Sight works essentially the same as a laser-gun sight by providing an optical viewfinder with a laser reticle that allows you to frame and track a subject in the distance without having to remove your eye from the target. As anyone who has tried to photograph a bird in flight can tell you, nine times out of ten when trying this with an electronic viewfinder, all you see is sky and you miss the subject all together. Powered by a small coin-type battery, it is also usable with any camera that you might want to install it on. I tested it with both the Sony a6000 with 55-210 mm and the Olympus OM-D E-M5 MKII with 45-150 mm and was very happy with the framing results from both cameras with the EE-1 attached.
The only complaint that I have is with the initial set-up of the dot sight. Being that it’s a universal product, it must be manually adjusted to get an accurate sight depending on the camera it’s installed on, and there’s not much in the way of instruction on how to do it. So after making a phone call to a friend who is an avid target shooter, I found the quickest way to calibrate a sight. First put the camera on a tripod (you don’t want any movement while calibrating) and choose a subject. Using your camera’s viewfinder put the subject in the center of the screen, from this point you should be able to adjust the sight to match you preferential target location. Personally, I keep mine to the left of center to allow for tracking room.
The build quality of the EE-1 offers a sleek design that does not look out of place on any camera while the matte black finish will not draw attention to you. It is also both dust- and splashproof, which makes it perfect for outdoor activities. The controls and switch are very accessible and easy to use.
The Olympus EE-1 Dot Sight is definitely a game changer for those shooting wildlife or sports with a mirrorless camera, giving back speed and accuracy that was once lost just using an electronic viewfinder. Adding clear sight lines and easy tracking, this is a must have for any mirrorless photographer looking to take their craft to the next level. For more information on the Olympus EE-1 Dot Sight check out thecamerastore.com.