Csae wrote in post #14571831
potentially the stupidest thing ive ever heard on POTN yet.
yes, please explain why.
From my observation (because I have both the protector and the extender to compare between the two), the piece a person would be left with after cutting it off and sanding the edge smooth, is basically the same thing they'd have if they bought a regular eye extender (minus the glass multiplier that some extenders have, and it's not as thick overall). You can find these screen protectors for around $10 on eBay. My eye extender was more than that.
I was just giving a possible solution to montroyal's problem of finding an extender for his body.
Anyway, on my old 450D/XSi I bought one of those screen protectors that attaches to the viewfinder mount. I still added an eye extender on top of that, because I was still touching the screen protector with my cheek/nose (and I hate cleaning it). With the protector and extender in place, the extender's glass magnification made it kinda hard to see all the info inside the viewfinder, so I ended up removing the internal glass from the extender, and using it as a basic spacer. With both in place it gave me just enough room to keep me from touching the screen. To add some comfort, I replaced the stock rubber eye piece with a round rubber eye cup from an old Canon film body I had. I am now able to perfectly see all the info inside the viewer quite easily (I couldn't do so before removing the glass in the extender
)... and the overall depth/space made it much easier for me to use the camera without touching the screen.
A pic from the show me you strap thread.
I have since sold the 450D/XSi to a friend and I bought a 550D/T2i. I was thinking about doing the same thing on this one, but I got a spare 550D glass protector for free from a friend. The glass protector is thinner than the screen protector I had on the XSi and it just sticks to the stock Canon screen with some adhesive.... so I might do the above modification to my old protector that I kept when I sold the XSi. If the thinner glass allows me to use just the extender without the need to cut/modified the old protector, I'll just use the extender. If I feel that the space is not enough with just the extender in place, I will cut that protector off and add it on.
One word of caution for those of you that might do this mod.... the sensor that turns off the screen when you put your eye to the viewfinder.... well, it won't work properly, because the rubber eye cup obscures the sensor from detecting your face (but it still works fine when used with the stock Canon eye piece). For me it wasn't a big deal, because I don't mind having the screen on all the time. With my new grip and two batteries I don't see that much of battery drain when left on.