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Old May 29th, 2012, 07:15 PM   #1
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Removing the F3 rear VF

Has anyone done this, or knows of a method of doing this? This annoying VF appendage gets in the way more often than not and I would love to just remove it since I've only looked into it once on the first power up and determined it's visual uselessness. I know there are wires in there so I haven't touched it - yet.
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Old May 29th, 2012, 08:09 PM   #2
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I do. Email me.
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Old May 29th, 2012, 08:42 PM   #3
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Re: Removing the F3 rear VF

Yes, I've removed mine. I couldn't stand it anymore either. I'll post some pictures below so you can see what's inside the handle and how I got mine off, but please, do this at your own risk. There is a very fragile ribbon connector inside the handle which attaches the viewfinder to the camera. I'm not entirely certain I'll be able to get mine working again, but I don't much care. I agree with you that it's useless.
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Old May 29th, 2012, 08:55 PM   #4
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Re: Removing the F3 rear VF

So what do you guys do to the "hole" that's left? Cover it somehow?
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Old May 29th, 2012, 08:57 PM   #5
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I just put gaff tape over it.
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Old May 31st, 2012, 12:10 PM   #6
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Nice pics Kirk. I'll have a go at it based on your process.

Thanks.
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Old May 31st, 2012, 02:43 PM   #7
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Re: Removing the F3 rear VF

Final product. Looks a little like a Smith & Wesson handgun hammer now.

Just a little GT to cover a small hole. I'm sure I can devise a little better protection in the future, but for now it will work just fine.

Thanks guys.
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Old June 3rd, 2012, 12:49 PM   #8
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Re: Removing the F3 rear VF

Great idea. I agree, the viewfinder is worthless.
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Old June 3rd, 2012, 09:20 PM   #9
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Re: Removing the F3 rear VF

Are you able to retain the remote IR receiver after the VF circumcision? It's unclear in the photos...
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Old June 4th, 2012, 01:30 AM   #10
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Yes, you retain the IR. You just need to temporarily remove the plastic cover.
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Old October 21st, 2012, 01:19 PM   #11
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Re: Removing the F3 rear VF

anybody want to sell your f3 EVF?
I want to buy one.

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Old October 22nd, 2012, 04:47 PM   #12
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Re: Removing the F3 rear VF

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anybody want to sell your f3 EVF?
I want to buy one.

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