"The Guard" showed up today, tamed the %@#$@ video button

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OP HeavyDuty Senior Member • Posts: 1,715
Re: "The Guard" showed up today, tamed the %@#$@ video button

HeavyDuty wrote:

I received a package today from Rick Luther containing one of his "The Guard" widgets for the NEX7. It took all of five minutes to install - it's a custom made metal grommet that mounts in the video button hole of the rubber cover. You gently peel back the cover, press the grommet in to the hole in the rubber cover and press the cover back down.

Very simple and very ingenious. I need to use a pen cap or a key to press the video button now, people with smaller fingers or fingernails can probably do it without tools. I never use video mode on my NEX7, so this is totally acceptable to me.

I like it! Well worth the $20 to me.

I'm not sure if links are allowed, so simply Google "The Guard Luther NEX7" for his website. (I have no financial interest in this, I'm just a very satisfied customer.)
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I discovered that I can press the video button with my finger if needed - it just takes a bit more force than I expected.
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Ricardo77 Forum Member • Posts: 52
Re: "The Guard" showed up today, tamed the %@#$@ video button

Yep! but Sony moves a bit slow & IM(not so)HO the Nex7 looks even more attractive with "The Guard" in place.

As you can tell from http://www.rluther.com/bd , I've been known to like "shiny objects".
rl

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jpr2 Forum Pro • Posts: 15,530
re: is there a BLACK (anodized) version??
OP HeavyDuty Senior Member • Posts: 1,715
re: is there a BLACK (anodized) version??

jpr2 wrote:

preferably a matte-black?

jpr2
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Comments and critique are always welcome!
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I'm thinking about hitting mine with Birchwood-Casey Aluma Black.
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Ricardo77 Forum Member • Posts: 52
re: is there a BLACK (anodized) version??

Black...why didn't I think of that! I guess I thought "shiny" was "in"!
see http://www.rluther.com/bd I shall research this matter & report some
simple chemical oxidizing options...give me a few days or google
"aluminum oxidizing" rl

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re: is there a BLACK (anodized) version??
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jpr2 Forum Pro • Posts: 15,530
re: cold-chemical processes of blackening aluminum alloys...

...are less cumbersome, and also cheaper, but a real durability is much
better achieved only through the use of a real electrochemical bath -
only then alumina oxides formed during the process are of real hardness:
the slower is the anodization process executed, the better a final outcome

jpr2

Ricardo77 wrote:

Black...why didn't I think of that! I guess I thought "shiny" was "in"!
see http://www.rluther.com/bd I shall research this matter & report some
simple chemical oxidizing options...give me a few days or google
"aluminum oxidizing" rl

OP HeavyDuty Senior Member • Posts: 1,715
re: cold-chemical processes of blackening aluminum alloys...

Very true in my experience (in gunsmithing) - the home applied cold oxidizing products for aluminum are quick and dirty but come nowhere close to the durability and surface protection offered by decent anodizing.
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plasmo Forum Member • Posts: 70
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RL

Awesome job on this. I just found this thread and this will save me time making my own fix.

Hey, you should make a YouTube video on a live installation, for those who are a little leery/apprehensive about peeling away the skin of their $1000 babies

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Pennyanne Senior Member • Posts: 1,933
re: is there a BLACK (anodized) version??

Well, I love the shiny one and have emailed you, Ric. Hope you will post to Australia!
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Ricardo77
Ricardo77 Forum Member • Posts: 52
re: is there a BLACK (anodized) version??

Thank you, The installation video could be an overkill...& besides my wife says that I better quit wasting so much time with this widget...even though they're selling like hotcakes! You don't want to know what she's threatening to do with my N7! Ouch!
rl

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Canon Guy 1 Junior Member • Posts: 30
re: is there a BLACK (anodized) version??

The silver one looks and works GREAT! My payment is in the mail. A thousand thanks for the thousand photographs that will not be missed because my Nex 7 is in the video mode by mistake.

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Jim Funston Senior Member • Posts: 1,698
re: is there a BLACK (anodized) version??

Yeah, I agree silver is fine as the button itself is mostly silver( thought before I got it that I would be blackening it but it looks good as it is). Got mine yesterday in the mail after a trip to the beach with my 7. Grabbed a wiring pick tool (helps old fingers lift the grip material and reseat the positioning tabs easier) and had it installed in less than 2 minutes. Looks good, works great, and check is in the mail.

Today, for example, when I got home I had 3 unwanted unintentional videos on my card which is about average for me with this camera per outing. Nice to know this will not happen anymore. Thanks Rick!!!!

Edward Teller Junior Member • Posts: 46
Re: "The Guard" showed up today, tamed the %@#$@ video button

Got mine today. Goes on very easily, and rapidly, with no issues at all. Looks like it belongs there. Works perfectly, and would have saved many shots that were otherwise lost because I shot video instead of stills.

NEX users owe him a debt of gratitude as we can now fix a very real problem without having to resort to some sort of kludge.
Very highly recommended and well worth the money!

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