Am I the only one here who is having a hard time installing
DK-17M on my D800? When I tried to install magnifying eyepiece
on my D800, I can not take out the original eyepiece from
D800. Any tips would be appreciated as always from my fello
I had trouble too installing it on my D800, until I read the instructions. Turns out you have to close the viewfinder shutter to release the original eyepiece. Leave it closed when installing the DK-17M, then when you open the viewfinder shutter it locks the DK-17M in place.
I hope you find it as useful as I have. It's staying on my camera permanently.
Wed 03-Oct-12 09:41 AM | edited Wed 03-Oct-12 09:50 AM by hbrail
The original eyepiece is tight when it comes from the factory, but I doubt you need to send your camera to Nikon to get it off.
Try these steps first:
1. Make sure the shutter viewfinder is completely closed. If you don't use this feature regularly, click it back and forth a few times to verify FULLLY CLOSED position.
2. Using your thumb and three fingers spaced fairly evenly, grasp slightly under the rubber of the original eyepiece and twist counter-clockwise (lefty loosey). Once it is freed up, it will thread off easily. Note that it does take a bit of force to free up the eyepiece, but if you have the shutter viewfinder completely closed and are rotating it in the correct direction you will not damage your camera. Use your fingers only. No tools.
3. Be careful installing the DK-17M on the camera body so you don't cross-thread it. The threads on the DK-17M are actually attached to the rubber not to the metal portion that fits between the eyepiece and the rubber.
4. Close the shutter viewfinder and you're all set.
I was a bit hesitant to do this at first, but I have sucessfully put the DK-17M on both a D800 and D800E.
I used a pair of pliers with the jaws covered in a piece of cloth and gently released it after advice in the forums here. Evidently, it's a common problem. Obviously don't strain it, mine only needed a very gentle left rotation and off it came.
I found it a lot easier to remove the original eyepiece after I pried off the rubber. The rubber comes off pretty easily, exposing the metal eyepiece beneath. The metal is knurled and easier to grip for some reason. I swap eyepieces often because sometimes I don't like the limited view I get with the DK-17M plus I use a right-angle finder. I've learned not to screw the eyepieces in very tightly.