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Sea & Sea MDX D300 & Inon 45deg viewfinder (self installation)

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There have been some who asked about the Inon 45 degree viewfinder from Taiwan's Divervision. Thought some may like to know that I bought this (and everything else) from them and installed it myself. I am pleased to report that it was "fairly" painless and I am very very happy with the viewfinder.

 

Here are some photos;

 

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The reason why I say "fairly" painless is because the stock viewfinder assembly was on real tight and hard to remove without a wrench like this one;

 

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After removing the stock viewfinder from the inside, there was a screw much like the one in the picture above with the two slots that had to be removed. I managed to get it off with two small allen keys slotted into the grooves and twisting in opposite directions. After this, the whole viewfinder assembly could be removed from the acrylic backing.

 

The Inon viewfinder has two O rings whereas the stock viewfinder uses only one. Mine came with spare O rings. I greased the rings, slotted the viewfinder into place and threaded a locking screw which came with the viewfinder on the other side. Done! The viewfinder rotates easily in both directions and "clicks" satisfyingly into place at 90 degree turns. It is a modified Anthis Nexus assembly and probably a custom locking ring (which has grooves around it to make it easy to hand tighten).

 

I must say that having this viewfinder has made a world of difference. The stock viewfinder was terrible (I am new to DSLR use UW). It feels so much more natural now and I don't find myself struggling to compose or determine sharpness.

 

Divervision has been great. They ship EMS so it is fairly cheap. Their prices are fantastic and they replied ALL of my concerns and questions I sent them constantly (within 24 hrs). They really bent over backwards for me (shipping details, seperate shipments, different addresses, etc). My only relation with them is as a very satisfied customer.

Edited by eskasi

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Hi!

 

Thanks for the update. One question: can you see the complete LCD screen?

 

Cheers

 

Nuno

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Yes, but you will have to tilt the camera forwards to do so. Using liveview may be a tad more difficult if you want to use that.

 

I will post another picture showing the screen and the angle in a bit

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geezz. I can't believe I am gonna spend more money again LOL

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Here you go.....I also forgot to mention that when turned 90 degrees, it does not block the LCD at all. THe dirty screen was due to my face pressed up against the old viewfinder! Lol....

 

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The spending never ends! My only consolation is that the D300 is still fairly new....the next big upgrade will be a while later.

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Eskasi, thanks for posting this. Very tempted to get this for my MDX-40D. :)

 

edit: forgot to ask, once installed, is it pretty easy to take off the 45deg viewfinder for packing?

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Easy enough...the backing screw is much easier to grip than the stock viewfinder. I do not know however if it is meant to be constantly removed and replaced though.......

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Have you tested it underwater? if yes: at which depth?

thanks

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Hi Claude, Not yet....only in the pool. 1st test dive without camera will be next week off Daytona Beach (My first stop in Florida visiting a pal).... followed by a wreck dive with a 10.5 Nikon behind the dome port. Will report my findings then.

 

I am confident it's all good though. I will say that I will NEVER go back to a stock viewfinder again. If I must, I will get a 180 one for my housing. The entire experience to me is almost the difference between night and day...... I was nervous about the expenditure but find it fully justified now.

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I was using the one below on the DX-D200 housing for one year now... great stuff as it's an external one (no need to dismount anything... and you can take it off underwater) !

 

On the MDX-D300, the stock viewfinder is not big enough to put in on - so I'm looking for an other one and that one sounds very interesting!

 

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Hey Claude,

 

I have seen those for sale online....a dutch retailer I believe? Those are real convinient but they stick out quite a bit right?

 

If I were you, I would search for the guys who make that same model and see if they can retrofit the connecting part to fit the D300 viewfinder....that way it wont cost you so much and you can use the one you have...

 

Let me know if you can't find the retailer....I will try search online for you.

 

K

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http://www.scubacam.nl/catalog/product_inf...products_id=871

 

I think these are the guys that sell that model...perhaps for a smaller cost, they can retofit the connecting part to fit the D300. nunomix on this forum buys from them....I think they are quite reliable from what I hear...no harm in trying eh?

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I have seen those for sale online....a dutch retailer I believe? Those are real convinient but they stick out quite a bit right?

yes... but I don't think that's a problem when shooting !

 

If I were you, I would search for the guys who make that same model and see if they can retrofit the connecting part to fit the D300 viewfinder....that way it wont cost you so much and you can use the one you have...

I know the people designing this stuff (a french company) - the problem is that the stock viewfinder is very thin (too thin I think) and I don’t want to take the risk to lose it!

 

hanks anyway for sharing :)

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I wonder if Reefphoto or backscatter can do custom work on your existing viewfinder. If you must buy a new one, I definitely recommend Divervision!

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