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?

  • \$\begingroup\$ possible duplicate of Why is my Nikon viewfinder suddenly fuzzy? \$\endgroup\$
    – mattdm
    Commented Nov 7, 2012 at 15:37
  • \$\begingroup\$ @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. \$\endgroup\$
    – Itai
    Commented Nov 7, 2012 at 17:01
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    \$\begingroup\$ Yeah, this one is certainly more clear. No pun intended. \$\endgroup\$
    – mattdm
    Commented Nov 7, 2012 at 17:02

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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.

  • \$\begingroup\$ 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). \$\endgroup\$ Commented Nov 7, 2012 at 3:28
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    \$\begingroup\$ 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! \$\endgroup\$
    – Sonic Soul
    Commented Nov 7, 2012 at 3:30
  • \$\begingroup\$ 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. \$\endgroup\$
    – Itai
    Commented Nov 7, 2012 at 3:32
  • \$\begingroup\$ How can I reset it to factory settings if there are no indicators for the no of turns made ? \$\endgroup\$
    – GoodSp33d
    Commented Nov 7, 2012 at 18:05
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    \$\begingroup\$ No. Factory settings do not affect physical dials like this one since it moves a lens inside the viewfinder. \$\endgroup\$
    – Itai
    Commented Nov 7, 2012 at 18:41

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