View Full Version : Stopping the rubber eyepiece from coming off

12th November 2012, 02:15 PM
I lost yet another rubber eyepiece off my E-M5 last week, which is VERY annoying. Apart from anything else you waste an hour in a futile effort to find the blinking thing.

I know you can put the little flash on and that locks the eyepiece in place, but I didn't want a flash stuck on the thing. Then I remembered about the trick of making a hotshoe cover out of a bit of old credit card and thought it could be adapted by a bit of judicious bending..

Hey presto:

From the back:
http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/776/PEN20005.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/54340)

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/776/PEN20006.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/54341)

1. Cut a strip of credit card to the required width. It must be a tight fit in the hotshoe so cut it a bit wide and sand it down until it's a tight fit in the hotshoe. Don't worry about the length yet.

2. Bend the card into the shape shown below. To bend the card, I warmed mine by bringing it close to a hot soldering iron where I wanted the bend to happen. There will be other ways (hot nail?). Trim it to the right length. If it's ok, when you slide the thing into the hotshoe there's a little click as it settles into place over the eyepiece.

http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/data/776/PB120016.jpg (http://e-group.uk.net/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/54339)

It's not ideal, mainly because you can't use a flash with it, but better than nothing.

12th November 2012, 02:21 PM
Ingenious John!

It would also save be buying any more lenses for mY OMD!O:)

12th November 2012, 03:53 PM
On my EM-5 the eyepiece seems firmly in place but it's the hot-shoe cover that is forever falling off and getting lost. I've already bought a job lot of replacements from Luton Cameras.

12th November 2012, 04:04 PM
I thought mine was secure until it fell off (twice) :mad:.

It's not alone BTW. I lost my E-3 one on a moorland path. Went back for a look and fount it :eek: - or so I thought. It was a Canon one, and it didn't fit. 2 minutes later I found another. It was Nikon one and it did fit. The blighter stayed on until I parted with the E-3!

The problem is something like a strap gets caught under the viewfinder and levers it off, and the E-M5 viewfinder sticks out quite a bit.

12th November 2012, 04:42 PM
"Patent Pending" ;)

Great idea.

Ulfric M Douglas
12th November 2012, 04:45 PM
Ah - but now we know your second name and can steal your identity!

12th November 2012, 04:47 PM
I don't seem to have any problem with the eyepiece on the E-M5,now the E5 is another thing:mad::mad::mad:

12th November 2012, 05:12 PM
Ah - but now we know your second name and can steal your identity!

You'll be stealing my debt as well :D