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What does it entail specifically? A high-speed grinder? mirror removal? Write out the steps or link it us up to a tute that's sane.
Disclaimer: If you lack common sense and/or handy-eye coordination, don't even begin this project. I take no responsibility for any loss or damages incurred by someone who performs this procedure. Having said that, if you are a "handy" type of person (ie. your wife doesn't have to hang pictures and install light fixtures for you) then you can probably do this quite safely. If I can do it half drunk...
- 2" wide masking tape (the good, sticky kind, not that stuff that peels off too easily)
- variable speed drill
- grinding stone (or 2 or 3, as they can get clogged)
- vacuum cleaner with hose attachment
- safety glasses
- dust mask
1) Use masking tape to lift and hold mirror in a semi-swung position close to the mouth of the camera. Ensure that the tape is stuck completely and leave NO GAPS AT ALL. (Yes, I am YELLING).
2) Use many more strategically placed pieces of masking tape to surround and seal the mirror (leave exposed the edge of the mirror to be removed) and COMPLETELY SEAL OFF THE MOUTH OF THE CAMERA. How much mirror you grind off is completely up to you, but between 1 and 2 mm is a good ballpark.
3) Repeat step 2) building layers of masking with the goal of making it completely impermeable - it does double duty as a very secure means of holding the mirror completely stationary during the grinding process. This is BY FAR THE MOST IMPORTANT STEP (Yes, still yelling).
4) Attach the grinding stone to the variable speed drill, adjust the speed to low RPM (high speed will increase all associated risks and has no benefit other than time - if you don't have the time to do this right, don't do it at all). I do not recommend the use of a Dremel or other such high-speed device.
5) Arrange the vacuum cleaner close enough that you can tape the nozzle of the hose as close to the camera mouth as possible, or otherwise secure it in such a way that the bulk of the dust/debris will immediately be sucked into the vacuum.
6) Put your mask and safety glasses on, turn on the vacuum cleaner, then proceed to grind the edge of the mirror, ensuring that the rotation of the grinding stone is in-line with the length of the edge. In other words, do not grind across the edge or you will risk chipping or other mirror/camera damage. Regulate pressure on the grinding stone such that it removes material but does not put excessive force on the mirror. The tape will hold it very well (if you did 2 and 3 above right) but unreasonable pressure will result in disaster.
7) Check your work often.
8) When the mirror has been reduced sufficiently, use the vacuum to clean the mouth area completely (perhaps a dry paint brush would be handy here) and then slowly and carefully remove all the masking tape. Try to hold the camera in such a way that any remaining particles fall away from the mouth during this step.
9) Inspect the mirror chamber, shutter blades, etc. for signs of dust/debris. If you did steps 2 and 3 correctly, there should be no dust/debris whatsoever.
10) Enjoy your mirror-modded camera.
* Optional. Drink 3 strong gin & tonics (or other favourite drink) before beginning