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Old August 5th, 2015, 06:36 AM   #1
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FZ1000 EVF eyecups

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After seeing someone briefly advertise eyecups for the GH cameras I figured I needed one for my FZ1000's too. I had a Hoodman loupe left over from my Panny AC-130 days so I ripped off the rubber cup, cut the hole bigger and stretched it over my FZ1000 EVF and it worked perfectly. Now it's pretty thin rubber and soon afterwards the new hole stretched over the EVF split and it fell off. Back to square one!

I was cleaning out my "junk box" in my camera room when I came across a spare "Rocket Blower" ..that's the one shaped like a space ship with a rubber bulb and a nozzle at the top to clean cameras and lenses.

I placed my split Hoodman cup over the side of the blower rubber bulb and the curve was exactly the same!! ...so I pulled off the nozzle and then cut off the fins at the base and then cut the bulb down the seam from top to bottom on both sides so I had two "boat shaped" rubber pieces. (scissors work fine)

Using the split cup as a rough guide I cut a new cup from each half and then cut a hole on the left that would slip over the camera EVF eyepiece. They work like a dream ..they are slightly thicker than the Hoodman cup so they are tougher and in sunlight they block out all external light.

Simple solution for shooting outdoors when it's too bright to use the LCD!! I don't see why these wouldn't work just as well for the GH cameras too!!! All you need is an old Rocket Blower and you have two eyecups for your camera!!!
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Old August 5th, 2015, 06:55 AM   #2
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Great idea Chris, it's amazing what you can do with a bit of lateral thought and some bodgery. :-)

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Old August 6th, 2015, 02:34 AM   #3
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There's dozens of different eyecups available cheap online. I'd bet that there's at least one that would fit this camera precisely.
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Old August 6th, 2015, 07:44 AM   #4
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Yes there are ..the guys that had his details on here for a GH4 eyecup was charging $35.00 for it and it clips right onto the camera. I have two FZ1000's so I need two eyecups so that's $70 plus a bit of shipping from the USA to Australia etc etc .... my blower was a spare ..took me 5 minutes to make and works a treat ...as the credit card ad we used to see says "priceless" If you have a spare blower lying around why go out and buy a cup when it's so easy to make one?
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Old August 16th, 2015, 07:10 AM   #5
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what's is a rocket blower? Link?
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Old August 18th, 2015, 07:06 PM   #6
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Hi Brian

I thought everyone knew what they were!!

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Old October 15th, 2015, 10:17 PM   #7
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Re: FZ1000 EVF eyecups

Hmm, I'm off to the hardware store! Got an idea!
If it works I'll post here. If not, I'll buy a "rocket blaster" and say nothing.
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Old October 15th, 2015, 10:48 PM   #8
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But wait, tripped over an old Chinese knock off "Hoodman Loupe" and went back to Chris's first idea.
Fits good!
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Old October 15th, 2015, 11:33 PM   #9
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I actually had two Hoodman loupes left from my Panasonic AC-130's and that's what I initially used. Just cut an oval out and stretched it over the FZ eyepiece. It worked very well until the rubber split!! I found that the rubber used in the blower was almost twice as thick so I used the split Hoodman eyepiece as a template for my new ones. These are still not perfect as the bottom of the rubber catches on the LCD screen when you pull it out but still quite useable!!
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