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Installing sheild or hood for 3000z

This is not my first digital camera, so I am familiar with the bright light problem with the LCD view screens. I bought the 3000z and can't see anything in the LCD when the sun is shining. I cannot set any controls or change any settings, modes, etc. I have had two sheild/hood aftermarket suppliers who, after seeing a picture I sent them of the back of the 3000z, said they could not make a product which would fit the plastic area where the LCD is located and still allow enough room to be able to use the control buttons..... I do not want to send this camera back, BUT, I can't use it without being able to set different modes, which requires use of the LCD viewscreen. So, after posting this problem, I've had several people suggest that I contact the same providers of shields/hoods - which, having seen a real clear example of the area, suggest they cannot make a sheild/hood for this camera. So PLEASE, if you personally have installed a sun sheild/hood on the Epson 3000z, Please explain how you did it.

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Re: Installing sheild or hood for 3000z

I have been using Photosolve's xtend-a-view for about a year first on the 850Z and now on the 3000Z. It not only make the LCD visable in sunlight it magnifies the screen which is very good for telephoto and macro shot. I use it with the Eagle Eye with great results. Installing it on the 3000Z is easy. You carefully trim the velcro to 1/4 inch then apply the first strip across the top of the LCD very close to the screen. Then do the same for the sides. You will find the hood fits just right and leaves room the press the buttons on the right side of the screen.

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Re: Installing sheild or hood for 3000z

They make an LCD cover compatible with the Epson 3000z. In addition, there is a lens on the hood which magnifies the LCD by 2.

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