Ricoh viewfinder repair
Repairs & Cleaning

A quick fix to a Ricoh GR1s viewfinder surround.

June 20, 2013

I picked up a Ricoh GR1s for a very reasonable price the other day. I should first say I am very happy to own another Ricoh GR1, you can read my experience of my first one here. I regretted selling it, now I have another, very pleased!

Less pleasing was the reason I got it cheap. It is in fact the second one I have had in my possession that has had this issue so I am going to assume they are if not prone, at least susceptible to such an issues. The problem is the viewfinder surround breaking.
It is held on at one end by a screw and the other with a clip. The clip breaks and the surrond flaps about.

Broken Ricoh GR1 viewfinder Broken Ricoh GR1 viewfinder

The problem as I saw it was that super glue would be far to permanent and if I spilt it into the on off button it would be game over! Also, getting it repaired would potentially prohibitively expensive for such a small problem. I decided the best thing to use would be a little bit of glue gun glue.

I gently lifted the edge, ran some glue down the edge, stuck it down then scraped away the excess.

Ricoh viewfinder repair

I know it doesn’t look perfect, but it is a lot better, and it can be undone! Now time to enjoy a Ricoh GR1 again … and just in time to take it on my holidays tomorrow! Very pleased!

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    December 29, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Hi Hamish!
    I have just come across your post after trolling the net for some help about that same issue, how ever I have managed to loose that entire plastic shield inc. the rubber button. Do you know where I might be able to find that spare part anywhere? Its so sad as the camera works perfectly! 🙁

    Any words of advice will be greatly appreciated.


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      Hamish Gill
      December 30, 2014 at 10:40 am

      I never managed to find one myself, though thats not to say its not possible… To be honest though, your best bet is unfortunately waiting for a spares/repair one to come up on ebay.
      Sorry, that probably isn’t what you wanted to hear?

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    October 31, 2015 at 1:01 am

    My GR1v has a VF that is skew. Any ideas how to fix it?

    Also my GR1s has now developed a sticky VF surround. I cant work out how to remove the stickiness.

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      November 1, 2015 at 1:47 pm

      I wouldn’t know how to fix the skew viewfinder, sorry. As for the sticky, maybe some white spirits?

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    theo vervloet
    August 4, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    Interesting post by you.
    Just for info.
    I have a GR1 and GR1rs. All in order but nthe flash is dead. Ever heard about this issue. Beautiful camera in results, less in construction.

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      August 5, 2017 at 7:28 am

      Not heard of a flash issue myself – though it doesn’t surprise me

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    February 22, 2020 at 7:32 pm

    Can you recommend a repair source for a Ricoh GR1? We have one that no longer powers up. and also try a fresh battery as well.

    • Reply
      Hamish Gill
      February 24, 2020 at 12:51 pm

      The film camera – try PPP camera repairs

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    July 21, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    I am still looking for spare parts, but not getting it

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    Mario Mathews
    August 4, 2020 at 12:36 am

    Man, it’s so COMPACT! I would love to have a full-frame digital camera this size. Sony RX1 looks like a giant next to this camera.

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    Tim Roberts
    December 29, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    I think spare parts are not easily available in the market. Have to struggle a lot.

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