It’s funny how you get used to things. I’ve had my GH3 now for nearly a year. Lovely camera, best I’ve ever owned in many ways and in terms of pleasure in use, only ever matched in my photographic life by my Hasselblad 500c. Except for one thing. The flimsy rear LCD monitor. It wobbles and shakes when you unfold it from the camera for use on a tripod or in awkwardly high or low viewing situations. It makes the camera feel flimsy.
Then I came across a few forum posts here and there of people with the same problem. Except that, so sensitive am I, and so slowly had the problem developed that I had gradually come to accept it as part of the camera. The posters knew it was a problem, something wrong and I read that Panasonic knew it too and would correct it under warranty or, if out of warranty, free of charge.
So I emailed Panasonic service and received a rather unfriendly reply that they would determine if it was a warranty matter or not after I had returned the camera to them. In other words, you are on your own, pal. No mention of it being a known fault. Filled with confidence I wasn’t.
Then I saw a post on a forum of someone who’d done the repair themselves. I like working through things, finding a method to do something – but even more, I like saving myself time and trouble. And having found I could do it myself, I thought why not make a video fro anyone brave enough to have a go.
So here it is. I have to say it makes the camera feel much, much better, more solid and more professional. The funny thing is, all I’ve done is bring t back to what it was supposed to be. One of my subscribers has just messaged me now to ask, have I heard of the flash shoe shoe coming loose on GH3s.
I haven’t but in the light of the floppy monitors, it doesn’t surprise me if it is happening. Perhaps I’ll send the Panasonic factory a tube of Loctite.