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Old April 10th, 2011, 06:09 PM   #16
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Re: Burned artifacts in viewfinder!

Hi Vincent,
I am Larry, the one who originally posted this very disappointing dilemma. Interestingly, Canon ended up giving me a new camera. Actually, they didn't have any, so B&H did! They handled it superbly well. So the summer then ended, I got the new camera - used it a bit in the field, outside, and no more burns. (But not a lot of shooting.) But now that you mention it, I do wear glasses, progressives. I wonder if you could be right?

I sure hope we don't have this issue again this summer.
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Old April 10th, 2011, 06:17 PM   #17
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Re: Burned artifacts in viewfinder!

Larry I have just posted a shot of my viewfinder here

Viewfinder warning for XF300/305 owners

Glad you got your camera sorted out, I am convinced that this could be a problem related to people who wear glasses. I think the bright sunlight reflection could be enough to burn the traces as shown in my picture.
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Old April 10th, 2011, 06:27 PM   #18
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Re: Burned artifacts in viewfinder!

YUP, mine looked exactly like that. But I'm thinking mine were shaped erratically, just like yours but green and Orange blobs - in color. I see yours are white? Mine were ONLY on the rear viewfinder, NOT the LCD finder. Is this the same with you?
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Old April 10th, 2011, 06:30 PM   #19
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Yes, only in the rear viewfinder. The blobs are more yellow than shown in the picture, I shot the picture using a Micro Nikkor close up to the viewfinder, colour balance isn't too accurate.
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Old April 11th, 2011, 01:20 AM   #20
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Re: Burned artifacts in viewfinder!

Vincent, you should claim under warranty as Larry did & get it fixed or replaced. I certainly will if I start seeing yellow blobs in my viewfinder.
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Old April 11th, 2011, 08:01 AM   #21
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Re: Burned artifacts in viewfinder!

Evf caps have arrived-get yours now!
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Old June 9th, 2011, 05:06 AM   #22
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Re: Burned artifacts in viewfinder!

I, too, have discovered burn marks in the EVF. And I'm sure it happened when filming indoors. Does anyone think that de-focussing the eyepiece would prevent this from re-occurring?
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Old June 10th, 2011, 11:49 AM   #23
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Re: Burned artifacts in viewfinder!

Canon are now issuing EVF caps to any camera that goes near their service centre in UK and probably Europe. At this moment, all burned VFs are being replaced for free, but I cannot see this lasting.

My suggestion? Call the service and ask for a free EVF cap before you have an issue!
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Old June 10th, 2011, 12:00 PM   #24
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Re: Burned artifacts in viewfinder!

Thanks, Nick - I just got mine yesterday. Interestingly, Canon suggests when you're outside shooting, IF YOU'RE USING THE LCD screen (which we usually DON'T!) keep the little EVF cap on also!
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Old June 10th, 2011, 04:15 PM   #25
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Re: Burned artifacts in viewfinder!

Old photographer here ... remembers reports of hole burned in the shutter curtain of a rangefinder camera because the lens was pointing at the sun for a while. The lens was like a magnifier and it burned a hole in the shutter curtain.

Let's be careful out there.
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Old June 10th, 2011, 04:33 PM   #26
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Larry,

Absolutely! Keep the cap on at all times that the EVF is not being used
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Old June 11th, 2011, 03:01 AM   #27
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Canon are now issuing EVF caps to any camera that goes near their service centre in UK and probably Europe. At this moment, all burned VFs are being replaced for free, but I cannot see this lasting.
Unfortunately I cannot find the reference at the moment but yesterday I read a report from someone who had spoken to Canon USA who confirmed that there was a defect with the EVFs in early shipments that made them susceptible to damage in normal use. Apparently the defect has now been corrected in currently shipping cameras. Presumably Canon will need to replace all damaged EVFs under warranty although they should really be doing a full product recall as there is an acknowledged defect in manufacture.
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Old June 11th, 2011, 01:05 PM   #28
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Re: Burned artifacts in viewfinder!

THere is no way that my EVF burned-out from the sun. It was a cloudy day. I think there is a problem with some the EVF's.
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Old June 11th, 2011, 02:08 PM   #29
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Re: Burned artifacts in viewfinder!

I am inclined to agree with you on this one, I still haven't had time to send my camera in for repair, but will do so this week.
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Old June 11th, 2011, 03:04 PM   #30
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Re: Burned artifacts in viewfinder!

Any explanation from Canon?
Have they been keeping quiet all this time?
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