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Old 01-01-2019   #1
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Default Rubber pieces fall off my cameras? My solution

Early this year the rubber grip on my E-M1 finally came right off while working. I threw the piece in my camera bag and started looking on forums and YouTube for solutions. Then I started worrying that I may end up using the wrong glue - that it might melt any plastic pieces on the body - that the glue may get into wrong places like the little speaker holes, screw holes - etc etc etc. I heavily favored using contact cement as I was familiar with that process. I talked to couple of friends who loved fixing computers and appliances, and they had a million ideas for special glues they could order in to fix it. Needless to say, I was worried and overwealmed. So for much of this year, I just left the rubber piece off so I wouldn’t lose it. The camera worked perfectly fine this way.

Well a couple of months ago, the little rubber thumb grip on the back of my E-M10 fell off while working. I managed to find it on the ground fortunately. I stuck it in my camera bag so I wouldn’t lose it, and have continued using the camera without it. It hasn’t been a big deal. These are both older cameras with heavy use in crazy hot and extreme environments.

A month ago while my wife and I were in a Dollar Store here in El Salvador, I came across a supply of Super Glue. The only time I have ever used Super Glue in my life, was with flesh - to hold together a deep split on the end of my finger that would not allow me to play my guitar leads at a gig. I don’t know why I was so afraid of using it. I figured I had nothing to lose by trying it on the grips of my cameras.

It was crazy simple DAH. It took a matter of minutes to run a thin bead of glue on what looked like the important areas of the rubber that would be contacting the body, reattach each grip and push down for a short period of time. The attachment was successful. It has only been a few weeks since this fix - but I am using these cameras harshly every day, and the rubber pieces are firmly fixed to the camera bodies. If the glue releases in the future, I’ll just reattach in the same manner - or I may carefully try the contact glue method as an alternative.

I’m not a doctor, so use at your own risk. LOL



I have found out that many camera repair shops prefer this product - Ruscoe Pliobond Adhesive available on Amazon.

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Old 01-02-2019   #2
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Last summer I was shooting some family shots in my back yard and left my Canon 5d on the tripod in the hot sun for a couple hours before the mirror popped loose. It was way out of warranty and probably not worth the cost of a professional repair, so I put it back together with super glue. It works fine.


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