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Old October 23rd, 2009, 01:12 PM   #16
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One never knows why Sony engineers do what they do! There is plenty of wire to allow for this extra movement.

Opening up that hatch wasn't too difficult. Closing it was. There are 2 plastic tabs on the hatch and 4 screws. The four screws alone will hold the hatch in. Not sure why the 2 plastic tabs are there in the first place. For some reason, mine now only has one plastic tab!
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Old October 23rd, 2009, 03:27 PM   #17
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plastic tabs and very small screws are like socks in a clothes dryer. One always disappears ;-)
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Old October 23rd, 2009, 06:29 PM   #18
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Nice camera hack - I had to look to see if it would be possible to put in a plug/jack system so I could really put the VF where I want, but it looks like too much work.
I did find on reassembly if you take the next piece toward the handle off it is easier to remove and put this plate back, no more tabs to mess with.
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Old October 24th, 2009, 04:54 AM   #19
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in that case, where's my screwdriver.
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Old October 24th, 2009, 05:35 AM   #20
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There is plenty of wire to allow for this extra rotation.
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Is it the sort of wire that you could cut and solder plugs to i.e. so you could make an extension cable and so increase your positioning options, or is it that flexible strip with printed wires?
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Old October 24th, 2009, 06:03 AM   #21
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Brilliant! I'd love to do that but I'm just too scared!
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Old October 24th, 2009, 07:13 AM   #22
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Ed,

Is it the sort of wire that you could cut and solder plugs to i.e. so you could make an extension cable and so increase your positioning options, or is it that flexible strip with printed wires?
The wires are individual and loose in there. But plugs would start taking up a lot of room, there are a lot of wires. And I don't know what you would accomplish. There is enough slack to gain a good amount of additional position flexability. The only reason for plugs would be for removal of the viewfinder altogether. But every time you do, you'd be taking that hatch off which means taking the lens off first, etc. And pulling that rod completely out means even more mods.

Major surgery is really what would be needed to make the viewfinder removable. What I did was a very minor prochedure by comparison.
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Old October 24th, 2009, 07:23 AM   #23
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one small step for man one giant step for my ex3.
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Old October 24th, 2009, 08:12 AM   #24
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Alister, I had the same thought, and a viewfinder plug from the betacam would fit nicely in the hole where the EX3 finder rod now sits. But - so close and yet so far - there are too many wires in the bundle to reasonably get into. It would have been very simple for Sony, but that's water under the bridge.
Wouldn't it be great to put the viewfinder anywhere like RED?
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Old November 8th, 2009, 02:44 AM   #25
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Hi Ed,

Maybe a silly question but would this mod completely void your warranty?

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Old November 8th, 2009, 05:51 AM   #26
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Maybe a silly question but would this mod completely void your warranty?

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I cannot say for sure.
But, COMPLETELY? I doubt it. For example; if the SxS slots failed, I seriously doubt they would void the entire warantee. The viewfinder has nothing to do with the SxS slot. If I have a VIEWFINDER problem, maybe they would find the fault might have been caused by the modification and disallow that claim.

But, you never know!!!!!
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Old November 17th, 2009, 07:36 AM   #27
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I'm getting up the nerve to give it a try!!

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I cannot say for sure.
But, COMPLETELY? I doubt it. For example; if the SxS slots failed, I seriously doubt they would void the entire warantee. The viewfinder has nothing to do with the SxS slot. If I have a VIEWFINDER problem, maybe they would find the fault might have been caused by the modification and disallow that claim.

But, you never know!!!!!
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Old November 17th, 2009, 09:23 AM   #28
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go for it! I am still waiting for a few, "I did it"s. (Slinking off to the yellow corner.)
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Old November 17th, 2009, 11:04 AM   #29
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It will invalidate any Prime Support contracts. It's in the contract small print. Any modifications to the camera or un-authorised repairs invalidate the Prime Support agreement. In the UK as this is sold as a professional product you don't have the same rights as a consumer with a consumer product, so beware!
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