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Old May 10th, 2013, 01:59 PM   #1
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loose EX3 Handle

I noticed a lot of movement and play with my EX3 recently, any Idea how to fix this ???
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Old May 12th, 2013, 04:35 AM   #2
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Have a look for a crack on the side or just under the handle towards the front on the left side just under the zoom switch. Quite a common problem I'm afraid. Caused by many things like picking up the camera and tripod by the camera handle or carrying a loaded up camera with extra bit like base plates, external recorders etc attached. Can also occur if the camera bag you use is too tight as it puts a constant load through the LCD to the handle. Can be repaired, but a dealer job really.
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Old May 12th, 2013, 06:11 AM   #3
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Re: loose EX3 Handle

So Alister can you recommend a soft case for a loaded EX3? Mine , a recent acquisition, generally has a 80-400 Nikkor in place with a rod support system and follow focus. Sometimes with a nanoFlash though normally wouldn't leave that in place.

Case needs to be available over here. Given your comments re handle weakening caused by heavy loads etc maybe the case should take the cam "sideways on" rather than upright.

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Old May 12th, 2013, 02:27 PM   #4
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Sorry to take this thread off topic, but how do you find the 80-400 on the EX3 Ronald? I am using a 50-300 but would love just a little extra reach.
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Old May 13th, 2013, 02:24 AM   #5
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Bryce, I'll start a new topic, "Latest Nikkor Lenses On EX3' or something like that. Short answer is "I'm not so sure".


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Old May 13th, 2013, 01:15 PM   #6
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Thanks Ronald,
I look forward to hearing your thoughts.
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Old May 13th, 2013, 11:35 PM   #7
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Re: loose EX3 Handle

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Have a look for a crack on the side or just under the handle towards the front on the left side just under the zoom switch. Quite a common problem I'm afraid. Caused by many things like picking up the camera and tripod by the camera handle or carrying a loaded up camera with extra bit like base plates, external recorders etc attached. Can also occur if the camera bag you use is too tight as it puts a constant load through the LCD to the handle. Can be repaired, but a dealer job really.
I closely examined my camera and could find no cracks, but can seem to figure out how to tighten it, i hate bringing it to sony at there rate.maybe time to upgrade but to what ?

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Old May 16th, 2013, 10:22 AM   #8
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Bryce,

I use the Nikon 80-400 (the old one, not the new one) all the time on the EX3, and find the quality
very good. It requires an adapter (Mike Tapa). Look here for examples. Everything but the wren was shot with it. Raven On The Mountain Channel 1 on Vimeo
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Old May 16th, 2013, 10:45 PM   #9
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Hi Steve,
Thanks for the response. I am currently using a 50-300 Nikkor lens with my EX3 but it is super heavy & I would love just that little bit extra reach. I also have to make sure I keep my aperture between about F8 & F11 when I am shooting with any high contrast areas so as to avoid some pretty bad purple fringing.
So would you say that for the $800 odd dollars I could pick up an 80-400 for in excellent condition on Ebay, it would be worth it?
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Old May 17th, 2013, 12:08 AM   #10
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my handle is still loose
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Old May 17th, 2013, 07:17 PM   #11
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Hi Brent,
Sorry I've taken this thread way of topic. Are the two screws at the front of the handle tight?
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Old May 18th, 2013, 03:30 AM   #12
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Re: loose EX3 Handle

Also the plastic part under the handle can come loose. There are a couple of small screws in the top of the handle that can work loose.

If you can't see an obvious loose screw and your not prepared to remove the side covers yourself (potentially voiding any warranty) then really the only other option is to take it in to get it looked at. It might be a very simple case of tightening up a few screws.
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Old May 24th, 2013, 11:43 PM   #13
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Re: loose EX3 Handle

Thanks for the reply's it was as Allister said 2 loose screws under the front plate.

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Old April 2nd, 2014, 10:57 AM   #14
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Re: loose EX3 Handle

I know...very old thread...but it's why I like DV Info.net.

Working with a big Colombian television network this week. Caracol. They brought up an EX3 as a second camera for reverse angles during sit-down interviews.

As you might imagine...the camera is totally beat to hell. Tons of paint worn off the camera body. Lots of "silver" showing.

I think this thing was in a war.

Still shoots well but...the handle was very loose.

Had some time to kill. Did a search here thinking there might be a possible solution. I was not disappointed.

Fixed the handle on their camera thanks to the great photos, plus the usual, reset the back-focus and cleaned it up a bit.

DV Info.net made me a hero with these clients.

Have to say "thanks". Wouldn't have happened without the great group here willing to share and help.
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Old April 3rd, 2014, 02:00 PM   #15
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Re: loose EX3 Handle

John,

You mentioned back focus in your post. I have read about back focus regarding various lenses, but have never actually seen one! Is there some kind of focus setting that covers this function on the EX3?
What exactly is it? I have never recognized any focus problem on any camera, or lens I have used and have never adjusted any kind of back focus. Thanks for the info, and nice to meet a local on DV Infonet.
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