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Matthew Petersen February 7th, 2011 11:07 PM

Viewfinder scuffed
Hi guys,

Recently a loose AA battery in a carrying case found it's way into the viewfinder past the rubber eye-cup, scuffing and lightly scratching the first element.

I'm not sure if these 'finder pieces are glass or plastic.

Anyone know what I might be able to polish out those light scratches with?

Matthew P

Chris Soucy February 8th, 2011 12:24 AM

Hi, Matthew...........
If something like a battery managed to do that sort of damage, the lens is plastic.

The best and cheapest cure is some pretty heavy duty elbow grease with good 'ol fashioned toothpaste on a soft cloth, IF you can get the lens out and somewhere you can get "hands on" with it,

If you can't get the lens out on it's own, you're pretty well stuffed, as far as I know.

I'm not familiar with the XL series viewfinders so can't offer much more advice.

Good luck.


Eugene J. Kulak February 8th, 2011 09:02 AM

Matthew, here's a thought; if you can get the lens out, either totally or patially try bringing it to a Lenscrafters or lens lab common to your area. Maybe they can effect a repair for a small price.

Don DesJardin February 8th, 2011 02:16 PM

I have an XL H1 and had a similar problem. It's fairly easy to disassemble, and I just ordered a new lens from Canon and replaced it. I took photos as I disassembled it so I had an idea how to put the whole thing back together. I tried polishing the lens, but it will never be the same.

Harry Bromley-Davenport February 8th, 2011 10:51 PM

As Eugene suggests - I believe that there is some compound that one can apply to scratched eyeglasses which fills in the scratch with a material with the same refractive index.

I'd give that a shot.



Jeff DePonte February 16th, 2011 09:08 PM

Lemon Pledge. Really.


Matthew Petersen February 22nd, 2011 05:20 PM

Re: Viewfinder scuffed
Thanks guys for all those suggestions guys!

I'm in Australia so a couple of those brands are foreign to me, but I assume Lenscrafters is a spectacles shop and Lemon Pledge is a... furniture cleaner??

I think I'll try those DIY solutions, safe in the knowledge that if I stuff it up, I can just dissassemble and order one from Canon!

thanks again.

Matthew P

Harry Bromley-Davenport February 22nd, 2011 07:55 PM

Re: Viewfinder scuffed

Go to any spectacles shop. They have a liquid that you apply and it fills in the scratch.


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