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E-M5 thumb-rest replacement

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by dhazeghi, Oct 2, 2015.

  1. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    The thumb-rest (for the right hand) broke in two and came off of my E-M5. Any idea where I might be able to source a replacement? I can use the camera as-is, but it's uncomfortable (there's now a slight indentation where the thumb-rest used to be and my finger rests almost directly on an outward-facing screw). Thanks!
     
  2. Joon525

    Joon525 Mu-43 Regular

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    Sep 24, 2012
    NJ
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  3. a_hit_of_meth

    a_hit_of_meth Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 7, 2012
    So there is a screw that holds it in place? I always just thought they were glued on.

    This probably wont help much but worse case scenario, if you can't find a suitable replacement would you consider using some kind of filler like this epoxy putty to fill the gap so at least it's not so uncomfortable to hold?

     
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  4. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Apr 10, 2009
    Boston, MA (USA)
    Wow, sugru looks awesome. I gotta pick some up!
     
  5. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    Thanks, I'll give Sugru a try. It's silly that a little thing like a thumb rest makes such a difference in feel and handling.
     
  6. PakkyT

    PakkyT Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jun 20, 2015
    New England
    Ya the stuff (Sugru) is stupid expensive for what it is, but to your point, even being able to add a tiny bump or ridge in strategic places can make a world of difference in handling, especially since that bump or ridge will be customized to your own hand.
     
  7. pake

    pake Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 14, 2010
    Finland
    Teemu
    Here's what I did with Sugru and my GM1. Works pretty much flawlessly. Sugru :love:
     

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  8. gnarlydog australia

    gnarlydog australia Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 23, 2015
    Brisbane, Australia
    Damiano Visocnik
    pake, nicely textured surface too on that Sugru mod, very pro looking :)
    I have not used it for a thumb rest mod but for a finger grip and the stuff is indeed really good: sticks well, shapes easily and with a bit of effort can look like a factory job

    18221745151_45b5fa8331.
     
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  9. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    Very nice, thanks for sharing.
     
  10. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    Dara
    FWIW, I ordered the a minimal '3' pack of Sugru and moulded a thumb-grip onto the E-M5 where the factory once used to be. It doesn't look particularly elegant but it feels solid and works well. Thanks again for the tip.
     
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