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D800 Eyepiece removal

ayorf

US
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ayorf Gold Member Nikonian since 26th Nov 2005
Tue 19-Feb-13 09:38 PM

I purchased the waist level finder (dr5) but have been unable to remove the standard eyepiece. It is more than finger tight and I do not want to force it off with any tool. Is there a lock or some release that must be activated?

I would appreciate any advice. Thanks.

HBB

Phoenix, US
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#1. "RE: D800 Eyepiece removal" | In response to Reply # 0

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Tue 19-Feb-13 09:32 PM

Robert:

You must first close the viewfinder shutter, using the small lever next to it.

Then it can be unscrewed.

See page 36 of your D800 manual.

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sdemirjian

Oceanside, US
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sdemirjian Gold Member Nikonian since 16th Feb 2009
Wed 20-Feb-13 04:17 AM

I purchased a diopter eyepiece and had the same problem. I closed the viewfinder shutter and still couldn't get the stock eyepiece to unscrew. I ended up tearing the rubber off the the stock eyepiece which did the trick.

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jhearl

Milford, VA, US
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jhearl Registered since 16th Apr 2007
Wed 20-Feb-13 11:33 AM

I may be reading too much into the post by sdemirjian, but the rubber doesn't have to be destroyed in the process of taking it off. I have removed/replaced mine quite a few times. I too have the right-angle finder and I have made it a habit, when screwing the normal eyepiece back on, to barely tighten it. (I do the same with the magnifying eyepiece.) The lever that locks it in place will keep it from unscrewing. I've not lost one yet.

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neilvanderwolf

CA
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neilvanderwolf Registered since 18th Feb 2013
Thu 21-Feb-13 03:52 AM | edited Thu 21-Feb-13 03:54 AM by neilvanderwolf

I just bought my D800 last night. After a day of shooting and the pressing buttons, changing settings and all that fun stuff I tried to remove the viewfinder piece.

After trying numerous times (with the shutter closed) I gave up and asked my wife if she could do it (just two minutes ago). Instantly she handed the camera back to me and said "there you go", she got it off! I figured out what I was doing wrong and I suspect most other people are doing wrong...pressing too hard.

Very little pressure is needed to remove it, just don't push in while turning counter-clockwise.

ajdooley

Waterloo, US
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ajdooley Gold Member Nikonian since 25th May 2006
Thu 21-Feb-13 08:50 PM

If it's like most things of this nature, I believe you must also hold your mouth just right while carrying out this operation.

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ayorf

US
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ayorf Gold Member Nikonian since 26th Nov 2005
Sun 24-Feb-13 05:27 PM

Gentlemen,

Thank you all. With your combined help, the eyepiece is out.

I had completely missed the page 36 viewfinder shutter/lock release requirement the first time around. After releasing it, I was still unable to unscrew the eyepiece until I realized I was pushing on it while turning. Without pushing, the piece unscrewed easily.

Many thanks
Bob

MauiKane

KIHEI, HI, US
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MauiKane Gold Member Nikonian since 31st Mar 2013
Thu 04-Apr-13 07:58 PM

Right you are -- do not push in on the eyepiece to remove -- just grip it on the periphery and turn ccw. Mine finally worked that way.

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danshep

Olympia, US
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danshep Gold Member Charter Member
Thu 04-Apr-13 08:03 PM


Triple espressos are also not conducive to helping with doing camera stuff delicately, Alan.



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