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Pirate
05-11-2010, 20:14
RF or SLR, this can benefit anything with a Shoe.

While out in the field the other week, I noticed that my viewfinder was slipping a bit in the shoe. It's a multi-unit so it's a little heavy.
I was sitting in the car waiting on a friend at a doctors appointment. I had a tin can and a pair of small mustache scissors. I cut a small square to fit in the shoe and act as a spacer. It works great but retains the ease of mounting/dismounting the viewfinder.

And that's your Field Tip of the Day, thank you, I'll be here all week :D

Ranchu
05-11-2010, 21:04
Thank you very much.

:)

Leigh Youdale
05-11-2010, 21:48
I had a tin can and a pair of small mustache scissors.

Of, course, I must check my kit. i'm sure I saw one of those somewhere - but maybe not since I shaved off my moustache!

payasam
05-11-2010, 21:58
Can I use Beard Shears?

btgc
05-11-2010, 21:59
Wearing beard and moustaches is beneficial not only aesthetically :) Thanks for sharing!

gdi
05-12-2010, 02:48
Can I use Beard Shears?


I thought you lost yours! :)

januaryman
05-12-2010, 03:49
Everyone thinks it odd that the OP had a mustache scissors, but not that he also had a tin can? :D

:confused:

Arjay
05-12-2010, 06:35
I did something similar with my CV 15mm and my Leica 9cm finders, which tended to wobble and slip out of my Hexar's hot shoe (it seems most CV finders still have the same deficiency today - why don't they include some fixing device, e.g. a knurled wheel around the finder base like the old Nikon speedlights have?):

I cut a small piece of cardboard exactly to the footprint of my finder's foot and fixed it on the finder's base with 3M tape.

Works like a charm and doesn't get lost. ;)

Pirate
05-12-2010, 07:46
Aluminum counts as a tin, ....... doesn't it??

Benjamin
05-12-2010, 08:37
I just used electrical tape for le shoe of my M2 to hold the finder snug, and also to prevent the contacts of a flash shorting out.

Works well. Tin, tape and Leicas', what a mix eh?

oftheherd
05-12-2010, 08:43
I just used electrical tape for le shoe of my M2 to hold the finder snug, and also to prevent the contacts of a flash shorting out.

Works well. Tin, tape and Leicas', what a mix eh?

Yes, that was going to be my question. Is there any danger to the camera's electronics with the hot shoe shorted out? I really don't know, does anybody?

charjohncarter
05-12-2010, 09:02
Great idea, I've used masking tape that just comes off. And I think I have a beer can around here.

Pirate
05-12-2010, 09:49
I did this on my 1952 Canon III which has no electronics. I honestly didn't thing about a Hot Shoe but I'll bet it's something to worry about for sure. Good Point.

FPjohn
05-12-2010, 09:58
I thought the end tabs of film boxes were there for this.
Others are more inventive. :)
yours
FPJ