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 i am in manual or automatic mode.

Pictures still come out sharp, and when I switch to the LCD screen I can see the focus, but not in the viewfinder.

Is there some sort of tuning that needs to be done?

  • possible duplicate of Why is my Nikon viewfinder suddenly fuzzy? – mattdm Nov 7 '12 at 15:37
  • @mattdm - Since the other one is not so clear and has no accepted answer... probably because of such a strange description, if it is indeed the same problem... I would close the other one or ask the asker some clarifying questions. – Itai Nov 7 '12 at 17:01
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    Yeah, this one is certainly more clear. No pun intended. – mattdm Nov 7 '12 at 17:02

You certainly knocked the diopter adjustement out of place. It is there to compensate for people who need eye-glasses.

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With your eye looking through the viewfinder, adjust the knob on the upper right side until you see what is in focus clearly sharp.

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  • Most (if not all?) also have a little bump/marker for ±0, if you happen to have good eyesight (which seems likely if you're not aware of diopter adjustment knobs). – drfrogsplat Nov 7 '12 at 3:28
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    ok, now i feel like a complete moron for not figuring this out. also i never knew about the word "diopter", i bet i'll start hearing it everywhere now :) thanks! – Sonic Soul Nov 7 '12 at 3:30
  • Not all unfortunately. I do find it odd that it is not marked on a good number of DSLRs. Looks like it is on the D7000 (see image) but on the D4 it is not and neither on Pentax K-5 variants, although it is impossible to accidentally change it on the latter since you have to remove the eye-piece to access it. – Itai Nov 7 '12 at 3:32
  • How can I reset it to factory settings if there are no indicators for the no of turns made ? – GoodSp33d Nov 7 '12 at 18:05
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    No. Factory settings do not affect physical dials like this one since it moves a lens inside the viewfinder. – Itai Nov 7 '12 at 18:41

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