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Old May 9th, 2010, 03:25 PM   #1
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LCDVF fell off my 5D and took the LCD with it!

Hello all - I was wondering if anyone else had a similar experience. I'm a complete newbie, and recently installed the LCDVF to my brand new 5D and left the camera mounted on my tripod. After being away for a week, I came home to find the viewfinder on the floor, with the LCD screen protector still attached! I didn't even realize there was a protector, but apparently the weight of the LCDVF managed to pull it off over a weeks time. Of course I stuck it back on using the same glue that was exposed, but I know this is not a permanent solution. Is this a warranty issue? Should I try to attach a new Canon LCD protector?

Any advice would be helpful.

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Old May 9th, 2010, 03:49 PM   #2
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Warranty issue not sure of

I am not sure of the warranty issue. However the replacement glass is a $10 part. Not sure where you by them.

Here is a photo HOWTO on replacing the 1D glass.

How to replace an LCD screen on a 1D series - FM Forums

Not sure if this is the replacement looks like a protector, but here you go.

Professional LCD Srceen Cover Glass Lens Protector for Canon 5D - Wholesale Factory Direct

Which view finder pulled your glass off by the way?

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Old May 9th, 2010, 05:34 PM   #3
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Same thing happened with my Z-Finder. Apparently, the protective screen is simply attached with double stick tape. The weight of the Z-Finder or other mounted attachment is enough to pull the screen off. Nope, won't be covered under warranty since it was caused by a 3rd party item.

Here's a longer description of what happened on my blog. Z-Finder dislodges protective cover from Canon 5DMk2 | Jones & Co. Video Services

I've notified Zacuto and they said they had another report of this. Hopefully they'll let people know not to leave the Z-Finder on for an extended amount of time.
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Old May 9th, 2010, 05:50 PM   #4
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Might also explain Zacuto's new mounting system with the gorilla plate. Much safer!
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Old May 9th, 2010, 07:36 PM   #5
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I know it's not mentioned anywhere but you should never, ever leave your viewfinder mounted on the camera for any extended period of time...
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Old May 9th, 2010, 08:51 PM   #6
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The magnets attaching the LCDVF are pretty strong... strong enough to pull off the glass plate?
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Old May 10th, 2010, 02:08 AM   #7
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From the LCDVF instruction leaflet:
'However do not leave the LCDVF mounted on your camera for extensive periods (for days or weeks).'
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Old May 17th, 2010, 05:36 PM   #8
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I use a Hoodman loupe glued to a pop-up shade, and have never had any problems.
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Old May 19th, 2010, 11:35 AM   #9
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You can get a replacement LCD protector from Canon direct -- it's $24. For the 5D the part number is CB3-4948.

Hope that helps!

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Old May 21st, 2010, 02:28 PM   #10
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I know it's not mentioned anywhere but you should never, ever leave your viewfinder mounted on the camera for any extended period of time...
No problem if you are using a finder mounted via an adapted 5D pop-up screen shade. I use a Hasselblad Finder on my 5D.
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Old May 23rd, 2010, 12:51 PM   #11
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Care to share any photos of your Hasselblad finder mounted on your 5D?
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Old May 25th, 2010, 09:55 AM   #12
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Mitchell, here are some 'quick & dirty' pics taken on my iphone, so sorry about the quality:
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Old May 25th, 2010, 12:16 PM   #13
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Nice! I was thinking that you had a mirrored type viewfinder so that you could stand over the camera and shoot (for low angels)

Thanks for sharing. :)
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Old May 25th, 2010, 03:15 PM   #14
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No Mitchell, when I need to view from above or very low angles or from a distance etc, I use the Phottix Hector Live-View Remote:

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