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04-07-2009, 05:59 PM   #16
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Perhaps when the next Pentax comes out you can find an innocent way to destroy your K20 completely so that your wife can't say that you don't need a new camera.
Brilliant!

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Perhaps when the next Pentax comes out you can find an innocent way to destroy your K20 completely so that your wife can't say that you don't need a new camera.
I tried that one already - it only worked 5 or 6 times before she caught on...
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Ok, leaving all the fun apart, maybe you should do some research if the Katzeye will increase or decrease the scratch appearance on the prism. So you don't buy it and find it is a pain to use.
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Ok, leaving all the fun apart, maybe you should do some research if the Katzeye will increase or decrease the scratch appearance on the prism. So you don't buy it and find it is a pain to use.
octavmandru, that's a good point. The Katzeye, being brighter, might increase the visibility of the scratch. I don't know how he can research that, though, without actually trying it.

At the risk of making a bad situation worse , perhaps you could apply a bit of vaseline to the scratch with a toothpick to hide it? Just don't get any on the focusing screen!

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At the risk of making a bad situation worse , perhaps you could apply a bit of vaseline to the scratch with a toothpick to hide it? Just don't get any on the focusing screen!

What about that stuff they use to repair eyeglasses and chips in car windows.
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What about that stuff they use to repair eyeglasses and chips in car windows.
That is a very good idea! It is worth a try, maybe!
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Okay, so it's official... I'm an idiot.

I am going to tell the whole story, so after you've read it, please feel free to ridicule me! I had annoying dust in my view finder that I couldn't get out with my rocket blower, so I decided to use a little more "horsepower". I removed the focus screen and plugged in my air compressor and started blowing...

It turns out that what I thought was an empty chamber above the focus screen was actually the pentaprism. I discovered this when the metal tipped nozzel of my air compressor blower smacked into it! After putting everything back together and looking through the view finder, I could see that the dust was gone. That was the good news. The bad news was that I replaced the dust with a small gouge on the top left of the pentaprism!

To add insult to injury I sent the focus screen skipping across the kitchen floor scratching it in three places. I used this as an excuse to buy a Katzeye, so I'm not too worried about the focus screen.

Sorry for the long post, but my question is whether or not there is a protective screen in front of the pentaprism that can be replaced, or did I actually damage the prism?

I know you're going to tell me that I shouldn't try to fix it myself based on how I have messed up so far, but I'm usually quite good at detailed work like this. I have to ask anyway - If there is a protective screen in front of the prism, is there any way to replace it myself? (I actually ducked after typing that question).

Have fun with your answers. I'm braced for them.
Air compressor huh? Check this:

Back in '04 I was asked to do a company picnic photoshoot at water park in
California. I used my trusty ZX60 to do the shoot. Of course after everyone ate, it was off to the rides with the kids. WATER RIDES. I shot and shot and shot on the side trying not to get the camera wet. IT Got wet, but not soaked. Two weeks later, the autofocus motor would not work! To this day it still won't work! Rusted maybe? My K10D would have been a better choice if had been available back then. Don't feel bad. I should have known better!
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Just to clarify, the scratch is more of a tiny chip than anything elsse, and it's in the upper left corner of the viewfinder so it isn't that obvious.

Regarding the vasaline, I can just imagine how well that operation would go considering my "fun" so far!

Wife comes in: "Honey, why are you covered in vasaline?"

Gerry

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Why do I get the impression that the most commonly heard phrase during your do-it-yourself projects is, "I need a bigger hammer"?
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