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Old 30-08-2010, 04:49 PM
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300D has a loose mirror. How do I repair it.

As the title says, my trusty, faithful, 300D is unwell. The mirror has come free of its frame and I'm after some advice on the best method of re-attaching it again.

Yes I still use my 300D as my terrestrial camera and "emergency backup if everything else fails" astrocamera. It takes my good lenses and it still does a damn fine job of taking an image. I keep threatening to retire it and buy a fancy compact point and shoot, but i cant do it yet. Maybe that's why it threw the mirror.
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Old 30-08-2010, 06:06 PM
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Doh....sorry to hear Paul.

I still love my 300D, sentimental attachment, prefer it to a P&S.
My son uses it now too and it's still a great camera.

Maybe contact Eric, or even Canon themselves.
Should be an 'easy' fix for them to re-attach.

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Old 30-08-2010, 06:34 PM
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I hope so Andrew
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Old 30-08-2010, 07:43 PM
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watch RB's advice Paul - he showed me this earlier today



http://www.centralds.net/en/products-x.htm
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Old 30-08-2010, 09:33 PM
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watch RB's advice Paul - he showed me this earlier today
http://www.centralds.net/en/products-x.htm
Tsk tsk I never thought you 2 could be so cruel. That's tantamount to torture, and you know it.
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Old 30-08-2010, 09:35 PM
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you know you want it Paul......
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Old 31-08-2010, 06:16 AM
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I'd take it to Canon, Paul. They're at Murarrie. Drop it in there (or I guess you could courier it?), tell them what's wrong, tell them how much you're prepared to spend on it (they can't/won't give you a quote). They send it down to Sydney. If it can be fixed for that price, they will and it's returned. If it looks like it'll cost more, they'll call you and ask what you want to do.
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Old 31-08-2010, 06:25 AM
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Thanks Troy. I'll give them a call and see what they say. I'd really hate to loose it though its probably not worth repairing.
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Old 31-08-2010, 07:48 AM
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Yeah, I know what you mean. I'm not game enough to tinker with that sort of thing myself. Just put a low limit on it maybe. Tell them you're only prepared to spend $50 or $100. I don't know what a 300D would be worth used these days, but maybe use that as a gauge?
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Old 31-08-2010, 09:18 AM
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I rang the local camera house and actually spoke to someone that uses cameras and knew what she was talking about. I was put onto a company in Brisbane that she uses. They also do fungus cleaning as well. $$

They were helpful but needed to see the camera and after speaking with a tech who wanted to pull it apart to fix it $$$ I thanked her for her help and decided to think about it.

Upon closer inspection of the camera in good light, I'm up for a repair job myself. There are small pads under the mirror itself that i assume place the mirror at the correct distance. If I use a light weight glue and only slightly higher than the pads and then settle back down on the pads I don't see why it won't work

I'm game to give it a go now. I've got nothing to lose really. I can't use the camera as is, and i don't want to pay hundreds to get it done. I'd be better off putting those hundreds towards a new camera.



Glue suggestions anyone?

araldite
superglue
Tarzan's grip (an oldie but still a goodie )

needs to be easily available and in small quantities.

Thanks
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Old 31-08-2010, 10:24 AM
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I would use water based acrylic contact adhesive.
I use Selleys Kwik Grip advanced ( 50ml)
Bunnings has it.
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Old 31-08-2010, 10:53 AM
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Shouldn't be too hard for a knowledgable bloke like yourself Paul! Get stuck in mate!

G'luck but I know you wan't be needing it!
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Old 31-08-2010, 02:47 PM
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Can't imagine it's terribly critical either Paul. At the end of the day the only reason a mirror is provided is so that it diverts light up through the pentaprism and out the back to your eye so that you can point it straight. As far as imaging goes, it's flipped out of the way anyway. As long as it doesn't jam on the way up or back down...
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Old 31-08-2010, 02:51 PM
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Lol. I'm thinking of removing my mirror altogether..
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Old 31-08-2010, 03:41 PM
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when it flips up the mirror jumps and doesn't settle straight. If I center something and shoot it places the object off center at times. at other times the image is at an angle and that's if I hold the camera horizontal. I think there may be more going on than just the mirror but first things first
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Without the mirror it has a tendency to way over expose. The mirror is not a mirror at all but tinted glass with the AF and Exposure mirror set behind that. I can adjust manually, but I think I'll put the glass back in. Centering without the mirror is easy. With the AF and Exp mirror still there you can see a reverse vignetting which still allows to center
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