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#1 decosnapper

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Posted 03 May 2013 - 12:40 PM

The front elements - the bits of glass nearest your eye - look like something has leaked in and left a film of fog across the glass.

 

Does anyone know if/who can clean/repair these?

 

Has anyone successfully taken a GS180 apart and cleaned/replaced seals themselves?

 

 


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Posted 04 May 2013 - 02:49 AM

Cancel that...Viewfinder stripped, cleaned, reassembled and off for a test...


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Posted 04 May 2013 - 11:55 AM

Would you share your process?


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Posted 05 May 2013 - 08:19 AM

Here goes. You will need:-

 

2 x small flat bladed jewellers screwdrivers

1 x small cross head jewellers screwdriver

Cleaning cloth

Glass cleaning spray

Dust blower

 

1. Using the flat jewellers screwdrivers, start at one end of the triangular shaped locking clip, working the clip out of the groove. This is the end that is normally secured to the housing and not seen.

2. With the clip removed, gently pull the lens mount/backplate out from the main body, using the o ring grooves that seal the viewfinder into the housing as a grip. Do not lever or force. The lens holder has a sealing o ring and may be a bit sticky, but will ease out.

3. As the lens holder/backmount starts to come free, invert the viewfinder so that the eyepiece points towards the ceiling. There are a stack of lenses in the lens holder that will fall out otherwise.

4. With the lens holder free of the viewfinder, put the viewfinder down and remove the small o ring, lenses and spacers from the lens holder. Note the order and orientation of the lenses and spacers.

5. Using the cross head jewellers screwdriver, unscrew the two phillips screws holding the prism into the viewfinder.

6. In the viewfinder there is a second stack of lenses and spacer rings. Remove lenses and spacers, noting the order and orientation.

 

At this point everything can be cleaned. Use the dust blower to remove dust before reassembling in reverse order. Remember to grease the oring that seals the back of the viewfinder. Carefully replace the triangular clip, it will only fit one way.

 

Take your time. It is not difficult, but getting the orientation and order of the lenses wrong may lead to the viewfinder not behaving as intended when viewing through it.

 

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Edited by decosnapper, 05 May 2013 - 08:20 AM.

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Posted 05 May 2013 - 12:49 PM

Thanks for the detailed instructions.
 

Did you find a leak, mold or maybe a just few clams?


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Posted 05 May 2013 - 10:34 PM

At some point 

 

Thanks for the detailed instructions.
 

Did you find a leak, mold or maybe a just few clams?

 

At some point, a little moisture had leaked past the front o ring and left a smear on the glass. Tested and sealed now, so I am not sure of the precise cause. I consider this cleaning job temporary and I'm planning to replace the O rings ASAP.


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