For the last 10 days, I have been on easy street. Floating on a cloud. My photography life expertly hacked. Thanks to a Facebook video, my single biggest frustration with my Nikon D750s has been alleviated.
Because of the heroic actions of a savvy member of the MagMod community Facebook group, my D750 eyecup hasn’t found its way to the bottom of my bag or vanished in the streets, trails, and unbeaten paths that my job would often have me travel. Arizona-base photographer Jason Marino, also perturbed with constantly replacing D750 eyecups, discovered the solution to keeping those little suckers in place.
“When we switched over to Nikon last year we immediately fell in love with the D750 bodies,” Marino told Fstoppers. “Light, versatile, with an amazing sensor and great low light capability, we couldn't have asked for anything more... Until we started losing eye cups at an alarming rate. For the past year I've tried everything to keep them on the camera, and ultimately settled on gaffers tape wrapped sloppily around the cup and mount area.”
It was this constant fumbling with gaffers tape that we’ve all done so many times that led Marino to a streamlined solution. Marino took advantage of the D750’s tilting screen by wrapping a thin piece of tape around the lower, unpadded edge of the eyecup several times and attaching the remaining lead to the flat space behind the retracted screen.
I recently sat down on my sofa, camera in hand, and studied the parts. After about two minutes an idea struck me, and here we are, as perfect as possible. The tape holds the eye cup in place perfectly and I've not lost one since. Now if only Nikon would do something so we don't have to rig them up!
Marino quickly shared a video of the hack in action in a Facebook group shared by MagMod users. This prompted me to abandon my cup-less cameras and tape on two new eyecups. I’m happy to announce, that after nearly two weeks, I’ve yet to lose an eyecup. This a feat that I’d never thought would possible. The hair-pulling frustration of never having an eyecup seems to be over for now!
A gaffer tape hack might still be a sore replacement for parts that actually stay in place, but my workhorse D750s certainly needed the TLC.
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