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Old October 22nd, 2009, 03:45 PM   #1
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Old October 22nd, 2009, 05:39 PM   #2
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Ok, I'll bite. Did you break the viewfinder arm, or rebuild it?
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Old October 22nd, 2009, 05:42 PM   #3
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you noticed!

Rebuild would be an overstatement, call it a modification
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Old October 22nd, 2009, 09:49 PM   #4
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how did you drop it down so much?
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Old October 22nd, 2009, 10:14 PM   #5
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..I want to know how ..... please...
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Old October 22nd, 2009, 10:16 PM   #6
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It also begs the question, why?
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Old October 23rd, 2009, 12:58 AM   #7
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HaHa...Maybe Ed just PhotoShoped it and he's playing with your head!
(At the very least, he voided his warrenty!!! HaHa..)
Hey Ed... When are you going to drop the front shocks and jack up the rear springs?
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Old October 23rd, 2009, 01:12 AM   #8
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And what's with the black tape over the card slot door?
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Old October 23rd, 2009, 01:48 AM   #9
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taping the card slot door is one of my favourite tricks, keeps the dust out when shooting in very dusty environments.

remember to exercise caution when removing that tape though, you might remove more than you bargained for....
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Old October 23rd, 2009, 07:09 AM   #10
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"what's with the black tape over the card slot door?"


simple
keeps dust and dirt out.
I backed the tape with another piece of tape in the middle to keep it from sticking to the door. So the tape only sticks to the body around the door to seal out dust and dirt.
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Old October 23rd, 2009, 07:17 AM   #11
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how did you drop it down so much?
Remove the lens. Cap the lens port. Flip the camera upside down. Remove the plastic hatch (4 screws and 2 tabs) under the internal microphone.
You will now have access to the rod that the viewfinder is attached to.

There is a silver metal cam on that rod. It has 2 stops to restrict the rotation. I looked at this and saw plenty of extra wire to allow further rotation so I cut off the one stop on the cam with a dremel tool and small cutoff wheel. I taped over everything to control the dust from cutting. Didn't take much cutting to remove that tab.
Only problem I ran into was putting the hatch back on. It has 2 plastic tabs that were difficult to bend back into their slots.

There is plenty of wire to allow for this extra rotation.
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Old October 23rd, 2009, 07:20 AM   #12
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It also begs the question, why?
Storage. I want to put this camera in a backpack. The viewfinder sticking up takes more room and can also get damaged that way. When packing away, I'll also remove the mic holder.

Also, I shoot inside car interiors and every bit of clearance helps.
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Old October 23rd, 2009, 07:50 AM   #13
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Ed, can you use your MacBrook Pro as a monitor while shooting? If so, how is the picture quality?
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Old October 23rd, 2009, 08:30 AM   #14
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haven't tried it
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Old October 23rd, 2009, 12:57 PM   #15
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That is bloody brilliant. 2 questions. Why has Sony put in that extra stop? Why don't I have the courage to try for myself? Your ex3 looks like a sleek packable beast.
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