I know you have been trying to figure this out, so i took a screwdiver to take my 0ne-week-old EX1 apart…
Better call this “a Hack”, because this will require opening the EX1 LCD display mount.
If you use a depth of field adapter like the Brevis, SGBlade or Letus, or are planning to buy one, you can save significantly on your purchase by omitting the optical Flip unit.
Specially DOF adapters that have trouble with the EX1 (like the Brevis and the SGBlade) can be magically cured of their EX1 allergy by removing the flip unit. The problems with the EX1 have partly to do with the iris and lens of the EX1 and the size of the imaging element(s). The prisms in the flip units are a tad too small for the EX1 – resulting in banding and vignetting. Specially the SGBlade will perform better if used without the flip unit on the EX1. I can’t say if this is also the case for the Brevis – since Cinevate claims that the Brevis works better WITH the flip unit. My personal opinion is, that the more glass you add …. (fill in yourself)
But i have read that the EX1 display can not be flipped and couldn’t believe it; people have been looking for magnetic sensors, micro switches, et cetera. Since the LCD flips the image when rotated towards the fron of the camera, there must be a switch somewhere…
It was much simpeler as i thought – even so simple i did not take the trouble of taking a picture 😉 The truth: my photo camera stinks…
I assume it was overlooked by the people searching for the switch, since it is so tiny. OK, here we go!
FLIPPING THE EX1 LCD DISPLAY:
You will need a VERY SMALL Philips screwdriver.
- Make sure power/battery is removed from the EX1
- Flip the LCD display in the normal vertical viewing position
- Look from the side towards the point where the LCD is mounted to the side of the camera
- Locate the plastic cap with two small screws, that is placed over the camera-to-lcd swivel mount
- Remove the screws and, moving the lcd around, remove the plastic cap
- Use a torchlight and put on your best glasses to locate the tiny little switch that is mounted close to the black rotating inner-tube of the swivel mechanism.
You’ll have to look for a small pcb-mounted metal square with a even smaller lip that gets pushed-in when the lcd is turned over to face the front of the camera. This lip is pushed-in by a small hub on the black-plastic inner tube of the mechanism. Found it?
- Put the LCD back into normal viewing position and, connect the power and switch-on the camera
- Use a NON-METAL item (toothpick, small plastic thingy) to push the switch’ lip. The LCD will flip..! Magic!
- Now, the trick is (come-on be inventive…) to lock the switch in the flipped position (when needed). I suggest you jam it by hitting it with a hammer.
Did you spot the joke? 😉 I have to admit that i have not yet found an elegant way to do this, but jamming it with a tiny piece of sticky tape works fine for the time being, but you don’t want your camera to flip on you during a shoot… Suggestions are welcome! Also beer and Nikon lenses…
It’s not an elegant solution, but if you shoot with a DOF adapter all the time, like i do, you can leave the switch jammed and the plastic cap can be put back.
This wil in principle violate your warranty, but the parts are not marked or locked and the modification can be done inconspicuous…
The flip works perfect, and i can fix it now when needed, using a little piece of auto-adhesive rubber that i stick to the middle-rotating-core – it extends in a way the little hub that’s there already to push the switch when the LCD it rotated towards the front.