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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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What's the proper name for the eye viewfinder?

I can use the screen as a viewfinder or the smaller, eye viewfinder on most cameras. Is there a proper name for the eye viewfinder?
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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 do I keep the view finder light meter info on, on a Canon EOS1100D?

How do I keep the light meter display on in the view finder while using manual mode? I find that the display only stays on for a short while which is annoying when trying to set aperture and shutter ...
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Why do you need a viewfinder in MILC?

What are the main reasons for choosing a mirrorless camera with a viewfinder?
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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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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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What are the pros and cons of a viewfinder versus a liveview?

Provided a DSLR has both i.e. a viewfinder as well as a liveview feature. Which one is more preferable for focusing and composition, and why? Is there something which can be done through a viewfinder ...
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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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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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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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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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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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How can I replace this clear plastic rectangle from inside of my DSLR piece?

While cleaning my camera, this piece was scratched. What is its name? and is it possible to replace it?
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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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What do you call the symbols that you can see on the edges when you look into your camera viewer?

I'm talking about the tiny and sometimes quite useful symbols/indicators for this: http://a.img-dpreview.com/reviews/PentaxK10D/Images/Features/viewfinderview.gif is there a general name for the ...
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Handicapped shooter needs remote view finder display

I have a physical disability which prevents me from holding my Nikon D-5300 up to my eye so I am forced to use live view but there are many issues with live view. What I am looking for is something ...
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How important is lack of color matrix metering and 100% viewfinder in Nikon F100 compared to Nikon F5?

I'm planning to buy a film camera. I'm undecided between Nikon F100 and Nikon F5. The major differences that I could figure out from Thom Hogan's review are: Pro F100: F100 is lighter than the ...
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M.Zuiko 14-42 kit lens @ 25 mm on Olympus PEN E-PL1 with EV-2 finder does not have a 50 mm field of view

I've acquired an Olympus PEN E-PL1 mounting the kit zoom lens and EV-2 electronic viewfinder. Somehow, setting the lens at 25 mm does not yield the field of view I expect from a 50 mm equivalent ...
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Why isn't my Fuji X100S optical viewfinder displaying an overlay?

I've just got an X100S. I've tried everything but I can't seem to get the overlay to display over the optical viewfinder. The manual seems to suggest it should just always be on.
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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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What types of rangefinders are there and what are the differences between them?

I have watched videos on YouTube showing the view through the M9 viewfinder, and it appears that only a small window in the middle allows you to focus. However, I once tried out an old Voigtländer ...
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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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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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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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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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Can slightly misaligned focus points and focus screen result in focusing issues?

I'm using an Canon 1Ds mk II with the focusing screen "Ec-D: Laser-matte with grid" that has a grid dividing the screen both horizontally and vertically. Lighting up the focus points clearly shows ...
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Grain of sand in view finder on Nikon D3100

I took my camera to the beach (stupid idea) and after I was back home, I realized I had a single grain of sand in my view finder. The good news, is that its not in the lens or on any of the pictures ...
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What is the metallic square piece behind the viewfinder and what does it do?

I have a Nikon D3200 and opened up the viewfinder compartment. There were two pieces, one plastic and one metallic (seems like copper). What does this metallic piece do and is it necessary for the ...
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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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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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What are the downsides of setting the autofocus point brightness to the highest setting?

On the Canon 1Ds bodies there is a custom function that lets you set the brightness of the autofocus points. I find them a lot easier to see if set to the brightest setting. Are there any downsides of ...
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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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Viewfinder coverage: is it area or angle of view?

When whe specs of a camera say that the viewfinder has e.g. 95% coverage, does it refer to the area or diagonal angle of view? I'm more inclined to think it's about the area, but couldn't find ...
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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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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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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 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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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 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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What is the reason of pixelation on Sony ILCE-7?

When I look at the camera display or through the viewfinder of Sony A7 in shooting mode, it shows me a pixelated picture. However all numbers (like ISO, shutter speed etc.) and interface elements are ...