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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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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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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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Why aren't all viewfinders 100%?

We often see that a manufacturer's high-end (D)SLR models offer a "100% viewfinder," which shows the entire exposed frame, and allows precise composition with regard to objects near the edge of the ...
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What are the advantages of using the optical viewfinder over live preview to take photos on a DSLR?

Forgive this novice question, I am basically a complete newbie to photography. Really, all I've ever used for most my of short life have been point-and-shoots; I've only recently started to pick up ...
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Why do most professional photographers prefer to use their SLRs optical viewfinder? [duplicate]

I have heard again and again that using the digital viewfinder on your SLR is a big no-no and that you should always use the optical viewfinder when framing a shot. Why?
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Does a viewfinder cover really make a difference?

Does a 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 ...
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Why don't cameras have automatic eyepiece covers?

The question is clear and I am not sure how to further explain it. Why don't cameras have internal automatic eyepiece covers?
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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 my Canon 600D take pictures in live mode but not in viewfinder mode?

My Canon 600D takes pictures in live mode, but when I switch to the viewfinder and press the shutter button it can't take pictures...it gets completely blank...the camera is blocked..and when I click ...
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Canon 70D Viewfinder info battery logo dead pixel?

It's not a problem to me, but I was just wondering is it meant to be there or is it manufacturing error?
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Is there an interchangeable-lens compact with an optical viewfinder?

Is there such a thing as an interchangeable lens compact (aka EVIL, MILC, SLD, micro) with an optical viewfinder? I'm tempted by having a high quality camera I can stick in my pocket (with a pancake ...
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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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Why does Nikon D3100 makes occasionallly noise and viewfinder shifts when pressing shutter button

A Nikon D3100 occasional makes a quiet ka-chunk noise occasionally, when pressing the shutter button. Also, when re-seating the lens or powering the camera up, it will do the same thing 4-5 times in ...
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Why there is more shutter lag when using live-preview as compared to viewfinder?

I like to use live preview mostly but when I use the viewfinder, the shutter clicks considerably faster. I think is has something to do with the SLR technology, not just settings. Why slow performance ...
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i think there problem my nikon VR kit lens (18-55)

recently i bought my first dslr i.e d5100 with kit lens 18-55 VR. my doubt is whenever i click macro shots at full zoom(55 mm) with VR on by keeping camera down side, in viewfinder there is lots of ...
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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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Why is the battery required to manually focus through the viewfinder?

Is it normal that I can't manual focus any of my lenses on my 5D MK iii without having a battery inserted? I can focus on an object, and while looking through the view finder, remove the battery and ...
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I scratched the glass on my Canon 550D's optical viewfinder — what can I do about it?

There were some speck of dust that appeared on the optical viewfinder when i look through it.. i tried using a blower but it didnt work and I may have introduced a scratch to it. Is there a way that I ...
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How can I correct a blurry viewfinder beyond the built-in adjustment?

Over the ages, my eyes are not healthy as I was younger, and now my viewfinder is getting much more blurry. I've adjusted it to adjustment limit. And, it is hard to use my eye glasses, especially when ...
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How do I calibrate the diopter correction on my DSLR's viewfinder?

The viewfinder on my camera has diopter correction, but is there a "correct" way to set it up? In the past I've just allowed the camera to auto-focus on a distant point, and then make sure that is as ...
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What is the difference between a pentaprism and a pentamirror?

Higher-end SLR cameras include a pentaprism to transmit the image from the lens to the viewfinder, whereas lower-end SLR cameras use a pentamirror to accomplish the same task. What are the ...
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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 do you even see the focus area rectangle when in dark?

I was reading the manual for my camera and well they have a rectangular kind of area that they show in viewfinder and those little squares as focus point and how to change those focus points. But 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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How can I better see my LCD to check a picture in bright sunlight?

Maybe a stupid question for some, but here we go. I just recently return from sea side holidays. One of the problems that I had was checking photos "on spot" when most of the time it was sunny, with ...
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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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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 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 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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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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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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What will I 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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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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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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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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How are the red focus point indicators displayed on a dSLR's focusing screen?

The question Why do the focus points leds appear shadowed? raises another question for me. How are these indicator lights implemented in typical dSLRs? Are they actually small LEDs etched into the ...
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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 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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My viewfinder is too small — what can I do about it?

I own a 450D, and I am very satisfied with the image quality, features, and so on. The only thing that disturbs me is the viewfinder. I can barely see the whole image when looking through it (black ...
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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 ...