Cleaning the viewfinder screen (EOD 5D)

Discussion in 'Canon EOS' started by davidmccracken, Mar 28, 2007.

  1. Searching the forums here suggests the best thing to do with dirt on the
    focussing screen and / or viewfinder screen is to leave it alone.

    However, the dirt on my viewfinder screen is excessive and very annoying. Is
    there a method of cleaning the viewfinder screen that is reliable and 'safe.'

    I presume Canon can do this professionally. If anyone can give me the
    approximate cost of this, I would be grateful.
  2. I've used "canned air", brushes, and blower brushes. I've even used my own breath. One day I'd like to try the trick some car-wash joints use, and bring hydrofluoric acid to bear on the problem. What's a little toxicity when it comes to such a critical problem?

    So I suggest you use your head. But remember that whatever you choose, the absolute worst case is that you have to buy a new one. Maybe $35?
  3. The 5D VF screens are $35, and they come with a little plastic clipper that's useful for unlatching the frame so it can drop down after which the screen is easily removed for cleaning or replacing. You can do the same thing with a pair of tweezers. Unfortunately, the only diagram showing the procedure AFAIK, is included with a new screen from Canon.
    Without buying a new screen, I don't know where else a description of this rather easy once you've seen it done procedure is available. Good luck.
  4. There is no charge for cleaning viewfinder, mirror or sensor even after the warranty has expired. I had mine cleaned at Irvine facility. I dropped off 5D and picked up after 2 hours.
  5. Thanks for the responses so far. I am more concerned with the viewfinder screen and not the focussing screen.
  6. Your terminology is confusing: there isn't much difference between "viewfinder screen" and "focusing screen". Are you talking about the eyepiece?
  7. Can anybody who has bought a new focus screen perhaps scan and post the instructions that come with it?
  8. I am talking about the viewfinder screeen which is where the focussing points are. With the focussing screen in its normal postion the viewfinder screen is above it.
  9. I don't see how posting the instructions for a focussing screen would help me clean the viewfinder screen but thanks anyway.
  10. You can't get to it without taking it apart. Canned air will just blow more crap on it. Be careful...I tried a lens pen and marked the plate the focusing marks are on (finally got the marks off). There's no way inside where the crud lives that I can see without a major project. This link shows how to get into the viewfinder from the back if you have the cajones. Hope that helps.
  11. Canon cleans is for free.
  12. David - your frustration is evident, but I suspect I may not be the only one not clear on your nomenclature...

    Perhaps this visual set of instructions will assist in finding the location of the dust...

    If not, ignore!

    No doubt you are aware of the 5D + factory installed dust and grease issue, but be very careful blowing or brushing ANYTHING in the chamber before degreasing the chamber walls first.

  13. Thanks Jack... I think your link shows me I should have followed what was stated when I searched the forums.

  14. Proceed at your own risk. If you are not mechanically inclined and do not have a clean workspace (and proper tools) I would have Canon clean it...

    That being said, I have cleaned mine and have enjoyed the clear viewfinder.
  15. Thanks Stephen! That's exactly what I was looking for.
  16. Thanks so much...I could never find anything like what you's a much easier technique!
  17. Make that 'Stephen'!
  18. My 5D is a little different than the ones in the picture...had a small brass shim under the focusing screen... no clips on the sides....but the idea still works fine. Finally got rid of some crud!

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