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A viewfinder is what the photographer looks through to compose, and in many cases to focus, the picture. Most viewfinders are separate, and suffer parallax, while the single-lens reflex camera lets the viewfinder use the main optical system.

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How does an electronic viewfinder work?

I am interested in how an electronic viewfinder works. In contrast with the optical (instant) viewfinder, which work due to the light reflected from the mirror to the prism, how does an electronic ...
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What does the pentaprism/pentamirror do?

In an SLR, the light bouncing off the mirror goes through a pentamirror or pentaprism before being reflected to the viewfinder. However, it seems to me that it would be possible to project an image to ...
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How to disable Fujifilm X-M1 screen?

The X-M1 does not come with a EVF (electronic view finder). In the interest of saving a lot of battery power I am hoping to use an external viewfinder as an alternative to the absent EVF. This is only ...
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Pentaprism viewfinder and used “pro” gear - really better for manual lenses?

I currently use an Olympus E-520 with an adapted Tamron 35-135 (manual lens from the '80s), and manual focusing is very difficult and hard to get right. Looking in the viewfinder, spinning the focus ...
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What limits the magnification of the viewfinder?

I know there are similar questions to this one already asked here, but I think none of them really answers this question. There are a lot of advantages of having a large viewfinder and the general ...
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Why do I see different focuspoint in my DSLR's viewfinder and screen with old lenses?

I've had an old completely analog Praktika SLR with a set of lenses for a few years now. The camera and lenses are still quite good but I wanted to go digital. Having recently acquired a Nikon D5200, ...
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Konica Omega Rapid Viewfinder usage

This is the view through the viewfinder. Im confused by it and where Im supposed to frame my shot with it. As you focus, the lines change for parallax correction apparently. I don't get what is meant ...
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What options or solutions exist for photographers who have to use glasses?

I wear prescription glasses. They really get in the way when taking pictures. I am aware of the diopter adjustment that some cameras have. Is this diopter aid equivalent to reading glasses?
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What might make focus points blurred/gone from viewfinder on Canon T2i after cleaning?

The red lights are all but lost in my T2i now....barely a haze of a blur. The focus points work fine, and I get the audible beep, but I have to check my focus point on the back before shooting and I'm ...
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Should I buy an electronic viewfinder?

... as opposed to using the LCD? This is with reference to a NEX-5R. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each? Does the EVF help me hold the camera steadier? Does it help me compose better ...
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Preview the DOF result in a D5100 viewfinder?

I have been told that some cameras have the ability to show the exact Depth of Field in the viewfinder when pressing a button. I searched for that button on my Nikon D5100 without success. I could ...
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Why do green colored rectangles appear on the view finder around light-sources that are in the view?

I have a point-and-shoot camera and when I point it at a view to take a picture, green-colored rectangles appear on the view-finder around any light-sources in the view. Why does this happen?
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How to compare “on the paper” the bigness of the viewfinder?

If I want to have a good, and most of all objective, idea of what a view finder looks like compared to another one, which numbers of a DSLR's characteristics must I pay attention to? For example, ...
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Are there any alternate eyepieces for people with glasses?

Any recommendations for an alternate DK20 eyepiece for a Nikon D3200 or D5100 that gives a better visual for wearers of glasses? Amazon has many but the reviews are all over the place. My glasses keep ...
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How to learn to shoot with the “other” eye?

I have always used the left eye to look at the viewfinder of my dslr. I am right-handed, and wear glasses (even when using the camera, I am rather stronly myopic and relatively mildy astigmatic). I am ...
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If I look down at the viewfinder of my 5D III, I can see a part of the reflected image under the main view finder screen, is it normal?

I have a 5D mark III, but when I see the viewfinder from a slightly higher position, I can see another "screen", possibly a part of a reflected image under the main viewfinder image, is it normal? I ...
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Is it normal to have tiny black dust spots in the viewfinder of a DSLR?

After shooting for about a month with my new D7100 I discovered some dust in the viewfinder / focusing screen or the prism area. The dust is not visible in the images and it does not have any effect ...
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Differences between DLSR and SLT?

I already have a Sony SLT camera but I still wanted to understand the differences between DSLR and SLT. It's hard for me to compare because I don't have or ever owned a DSLR so the behaviour is very ...
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What settings affect how the focus points are displayed for my 7D?

My Canon 7d is about 2 months old. I used it for a shoot in DC, and it just isn't behaving as expected. When I try to focus, I get little black boxes in the focus frame. They used to be black, with ...
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Why isn't the focus indicator light showing when focused on my Canon 5D Mark III?

I've been working with two different Canon EOS 5D mark III cameras, and had the same problem with both. When auto-focusing I have two kind of indicators when the image is focused on a certain point. ...
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How to record the viewfinder while shooting?

I'd like to make an instructional video clip of how I shoot weddings. I want to be able to record what I see in the viewfinder while shooting, so that I can use that footage in the instructional ...
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Looking through viewfinder I see subject in small circle instead of large rectangle

I apologize off the bat for my ignorance in this field & the simplistic language! I have a canon T1i and I love it. Had a problem with my 18-55 lens and sent it to Mack Camera where I had a ...
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How should I clean my focusing screen?

While on holidays I managed to get hair and dust onto the focusing screen of my 550D. How should I clean this off. I have already tried a normal lens cloth, but that only made it worse.
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Disadvantages of electronic viewfinders?

What are the disadvantages of electronic viewfinders? such as the ones used in Sony SLT cameras? What is the reason that major camera manufacturers are still using the classic viewfinders while using ...
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How can I avoid dust on my eyecup rubber?

The Nikon DK-21 rubber eyecup just collects so much dust and I have to wash it regularly to keep it clean. Any suggestions on how to keep this clean in the camera bag and when handling the camera? or ...
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Must I allow for crop factor in the viewfinder when shooting with a Nikon DX format camera?

Will a Nikon D5100 (dx format) viewfinder show me what the captured image will be, or do I need to allow for "crop" factor? Will that depend on/alter with using a DX lens or an FX lens? I don't have ...
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Why is sharpness lost in my DSLR viewfinder?

I have a fairly new Nikon D7000 (I've taken about 2000 pictures). Something happened during my last trip, where thew viewfinder never gets sharp anymore. It always looks out of focus, regardless if ...
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Is it possible to get an eye infection using a camera's viewfinder?

Is there any chance of eye infection from using a viewfinder? If so how can we get rid of that? How can we clean a viewfinder?
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Why dont I see a difference in the brightness through my viewfinder when I change the aperture?

If I change the aperture for a particular photo, why don't I see a change in the brightness of the image in the viewfinder?
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How can my eye focus on the viewfinder image?

I noticed that when looking at small items in close distance, minimum focusing distance for eye seems to be about 15cm (6") - closer than that, vision promptly gets blurrier instead of seeing more ...
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Should the depth of field in the viewfinder be the same as the final images with the aperture set to wide open?

When I take pictures of flowers, I often try to get the classic soft background around the in focus flower. I have a canon t3i, and a lens that goes to f/2.8. I set that to wide open, take my ...
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Where can I find viewfinder adaptions for the Fujifilm HS series?

For model series S/HS, in particular HS25, HS30, ... That Fujifilm's viewfinder seems designed (misdesigned) only for persons with very wide set eyes (or with very non-prominent noses and nose ...
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Why is my Nikon D90 viewfinder shaking?

My Nikon D90 started having an issue where the image in the viewfinder shakes, or taps whenever I turn it on or focus. Has anyone ever seen this issue? I'm assuming that it's the mirror. I turned ...
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Why the need for SLR in digital cameras?

Excuse my ignorance but as far as I know, SLR was invented in order to get the photographer to see (through the viewfinder) exactly what image will fall on to the film. In digital cameras the image ...
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Does viewfinder cover really make a difference

Does viewfinder cover really make a difference? I've heard opinions from people that they are essential for scenarios such as shooting long exposure pictures. I'm just wondering if it is only a slight ...
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What I will miss with non 100% Viewfinders

In the answer to this question, it says: Anything less than 100% means that there are elements that will be captured in the scene that you cannot see at the time you look through the viewfinder. ...
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How important is the viewfinder coverage percentage? (Figures like 95%; 100% for Canon 7D?)

I would like to know if the 100% viewfinder number mentioned in many cases to praise the Canon 7D and other similarly-priced SLRs is a really meaningful figure. How does it actually affect the ...
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Why do I sometimes get a shaking viewfinder image in my Canon 550D?

Sometimes I put my viewfinder to my eye before I turn on my camera. When I turn it on, the viewfinder image slightly shakes and moves a bit vertically. This also happens when I look through my ...
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Why aren't the electronic bright lines for framing in the X-Pro 1 viewfinder more accurate?

The Fujifilm X-Pro 1 has a viewfinder which can switch between an electronic mode and an optical mode with an electronic overlay. One of the key features of this overlay is a "bright frame" — the ...
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Why does the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 have fewer AF points in optical viewfinder mode?

From the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 manual: When AREA is selected for AF MODE in the shooting menu and S is selected for focus mode, the electronic viewfinder and LCD monitor offer a choice of 49 focus ...
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Why does Nikon D90 makes strange sound and shifts Mirror in Viewfinded Eyepiece after Shutter-release button is pressed

Recently I have noticed that my Nikon D90 makes a strange sound and sort of shifts mirror up if you look at the viewfinder eyepiece after you release the shutter-release button. If you try to shoot ...
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Can I change the Fujifilm X-Pro 1's viewfinder magnfication manually?

The Fujifilm X-Pro 1's optical viewfinder mode automatically switches magnification to match the prime lens mounted. There's a "bright frame" electronically drawn as a heads-up display showing the ...
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How do I properly hold a rangefinder-style camera in portrait orientation?

The Fujifilm X-Pro1 has a fancy hybrid viewfinder, which can almost magically be switched between EVF and optical modes. In EVF mode, the display is created by reading the main sensor, so it's an ...
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How does one track action with a fast telephoto prime lens?

With my normal-range prime lenses, I tend to shoot with both eyes open — what I see in the viewfinder has a high correspondence to what I see with my other eye. With my 70mm (105mm in 35mm-equivalent ...
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Why does my Nikon D3100 no longer auto-focus via the viewfinder?

My Nikon D3100 out of the blue cannot focus correctly. It seem the that the focus motor always stops at the end of the run (Infinity) and cannot lock on the target, thus cannot release the shutter. I ...
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Why does the viewfinder of the Nikon D90 have a 4×4 grid instead of 3×3?

I was amazed that viewfinder of my camera has a 4 x 4 grid. Why is this? There's no 3 x 3 grid. Sad. What is the reason to did it so? Is it possible to fix it (upgrade software of camera)? What ...
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Why are objects far away inverted through a lens but not through the viewfinder?

When I look through a lens the image of objects far away are inverted but when looking the the viewfinder on my camera they are not. Why is this? I am having a hard time understanding why objects far ...
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What are the pros and cons of an articulated display?

In my opinion an articulated display (one that rotates to allow viewing at different angles) is a big advantage for a modern camera. But I see that most professional and/or more expensive cameras do ...
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Why can't I see bokeh in the viewfinder?

I took this shot a few months ago, and something has been bugging me ever since. I was a bit surprised when I saw the image and saw the conspicuous "bokeh orbs". The thing is, I hadn't noticed ...
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What does “viewfinder magnification” mean?

Viewfinders (both optical and electronic) typically come with two stats: magnification and coverage. The latter measuring how much of the actual exposed area (film or sensor) one sees. But what is ...