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5D Broken LCD Protector Repair

As the title suggests this is a thread for the repair of a 5D LCD protector. But i guess the method would apply to all EOS DSLR cameras.

The LCD protector is the exposed piece of plastic at the back of your camera that sits flush with the body of the camera. The good thing about this design is that it can bear the brunt of a knock or impact and result in a £20 repair instead of £200 repair for a cracked LCD screen- ouch!

So there isn't too much guidance on this on the internet, there is a pretty good blog here http://blog.johnwurth.​com/?p=16external link which is where i took the advice from but i thought if i post on here the people can ask me questions on the thread or via PM or talk amongst themselves.

Ok so here is the damage of the camera.

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The camera fell all of 10 inches onto a carpet surface, but sometimes the most innocuous impacts can be brutal. I checked the web and found the necessary parts needed for a repair.
The replacement screen cover part number - cb3-3103
The replacement tape to secure cover part number - cb3-2864

I found two retailers,
1. USCAMERA in the states, who were most helpful but i couldn't get there website to accept payment via credit card, they have an ebay store http://myworld.ebay.co​.uk/uscamera/external link
2. Lehman in the UK. http://www.hlehmann.co​.uk/external link Again most helpful, they answered my many emails chasing the order, i was desperate to get my 5d back. I would stress that they are incredibly busy at the moment. If you want to communicate with them i suggest email through their website 'contact us' and ask for a call back. Very nice people to talk to.

I ordered the parts from both
USCAMERA was $25 including shipping - I ordered from their ebay store, i am still waiting after 10 days but this is to be expected with international shipping.
Lehman was£20 including shipping. I also asked for a quote for a repair £45 plus shipping expected to be 14 working days turn around.

***EDIT 26 Aug 2010 - Phil has kindly highlighted his post detailing how to order parts direct from Canon USA http://photography-on-the.net ...hp?p=10403026&postc​ount=3 ***


I decided to do the repair myself it seemed simple enough. It took one week for the parts to arrive from Lehman, this is good considering the parts were not in stock so extra points for them.

So tonight i set down to carry out the task. Id read somewhere that a hair dryer on a low heat would loosen the glue holding the existing screen in place. The screen was well cracked but i did fancy putting anything blunt in there or risk the screen cracking in further toward the LCD screen.
I used a suction cup from a sponge to grab the plastic cover. I applied pressure and pulled the suction cup away from the camera but as you can see from the image it wasn't budging.

IMAGE: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4123/4927181401_8554476f49_z.jpg

I then used a hair dryer to apply heat to the plastic cover for about 30 seconds- i did cover the cracked area when doing this. The plastic was warm to touch, i then re applied the suction cup applied a little pressure and the screen came off easily with all the gunk behind it.

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The tape remaining came off easily. Don't forget to wipe the LCD if it has dust or tape marks on it, also check for broken plastic from the screen

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Next, preparing the new tape. You want to apply the tape camera side first, there is a little tab at the bottom to help peel the backing

IMAGE: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4136/4927782372_07029dacef_z.jpg

Dont forget to align the thickness of the sticky tape correctly.

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Once lined up apply finger nail pressure all around until the tape is firmly in place

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Then remove the tape backing

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Then take the screen from the film

IMAGE: http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4095/4927186447_fb950135d0_z.jpg

Good as new- use a micro fibre cloth to firm in the screen on to the plastic

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Well i hope you find this useful and not at all patronising. It is really easy to fix yourself, accidents happen to us all, hopefully this will give you confidence to the work your self and avoid expensive repair.

P.s. i apologise for the poor image quality. I was shooting in low light on my 20d with one hand :)
I hope this is in the correct area of the forum, i have seen other repairs in the EOS thread section so figured it was the correct place to post.

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That's a great tutorial, If I ever need to change my screen protector I'll remember this.

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This is awesome. Thanks for sharing!

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excellent tutorial - thanks for taking the time to write/post it!

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Sticky for a few weeks,. and will add to the EOS FAQ.

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Awesome, thanks!

Is there a way to replace the top screen as well?

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CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #10789187external link
Sticky for a few weeks,. and will add to the EOS FAQ.

Thanks boss :)

JonSC wrote in post #10789590external link
Awesome, thanks!

Is there a way to replace the top screen as well?

There is, its the same deal in terms of it protecting the LCD below
USCAMERA have it here http://www.uscamera.co​m/cb3-2679.htmexternal link
or should you not own a 5D, here is a link to the canon cameras they carry spare parts for http://www.uscamera.co​m/1canon.htmexternal link
I dont think there will be tape on this job, if you look at the replacement screen shot you will see notch tab on the plastic might be a snap in place job.

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Thank you for sharing!

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And did the screen say "Sony" on it under the Canon protector as many would have us believe?

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Lowner wrote in post #10792494external link
And did the screen say "Sony" on it under the Canon protector as many would have us believe?

You know i didnt see a logo that caught my eye, so either it didnt exist or it was so small it was illegible to the human eye :)

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Oh almost forgot, the plastic cover ordered from USCAMERA arrived today, not bad really only 4 days later than UK supplier and thats with international shipping.

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I have to believe this will work with any of the EOS cameras...correct?

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