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Canon EOS optical viewfinder blurry spots

I have a problem with blurry focussing dots in the optical viewfinder of my Canon EOS 1300D. I'm struggling to take sharp photographs when using the OVF in manual focus mode. The circular dots in the ...
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Why does my eye lose white balance and feel exhausted when I use my viewfinder? [duplicate]

My D80 has a greenish tint effect (shutter count at approx 46000) in it's viewfinder which goes away if i use it long enough constantly looking through the viewfinder. The weird thing is my other eye ...
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How do you keep white balance from killing the color?

I first noticed this when I used one push white balance in Hxr-Mc2500 sitting on a fluid head. I used a piece of A4 paper for WB reference and the lighting of the incandescent bulbs became weird white ...
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How to use rangefinder cameras with small viewfinders, while wearing glasses?

I'm quite nearsighted, and have worn glasses or contacts for decades (since second grade). I gave up contact lenses about ten years ago. Before giving up contacts, I bought a Zeiss Ikon 532/16 (...
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Why did I see sunlight reflection in viewfinder but not in final image?

I have a Canon 2000D DSLR with 55-250mm lens and no lens hood. Recently, I took a picture of a tractor that was in nearly the same direction the sun was shining from. However, the sun was sufficiently ...
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Why do I see the moon as two objects through my DSLR viewfinder if I use eyeglasses?

I use eyeglasses with -1 diopter correction. Few days ago, I photographed the moon during night with my Canon 2000D DSLR. When looking at the moon through the viewfinder, I saw the moon as two ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of an electronic viewfinder vs. a DSLR's optical finder?

DSLR cameras, like traditional film SLRs, have a viewfinder you put to your eye to look through the lens. These days, many mirrorless cameras are styled just like DSLRs but use an electronic ...
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What's the advantage of a DSLR's "previewer" viewfinder, since I have observed that mirrorless cameras appear to have the same thing?

I have read some articles about DSLR and mirrorless cameras, and one thing all people insist on is that: DSLRs use the same design as the 35mm film cameras from the past. A mirror inside the ...
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How does the viewfinder overlay work?

I know how the focus points are painted on the mirror but where do the "signs" come from? How are auto focus points are illuminated red in Canon 1300D? Where and how are the shutter speed numbers ...
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Fit LCD to prism based viewfinder

This is a potentially a pointless endeavour, but I'm looking into trying to assemble a mirrorless camera using a CCD sensor mounted to the back of an M42 lens using a series of converters. Primarily, ...
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How did photography work before auto-focus was invented?

Having just spent some time reading questions about auto-focus, I came up with a question of my own: How did cameras even work before auto-focus technology was invented? Presumably everybody used ...
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In 2016 are optical viewfinders on Point and Shoot now dead?

My beloved Canon G151 is in a sorry state and I want to replace it with something of a similar size with an optical eye-level viewfinder. In 2011 a question was asked about point and shoot's with ...
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Do I need to cover my DSLR's viewfinder when using the LCD display? [duplicate]

I just read the manual of my camera, and it says that if you are using the LCD display to take shots, you should close the viewfinder with the plastic piece (I don't know its proper name), so the shot ...
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How much light is lost through a typical matte focusing screen?

My understanding is, the focusing screen, being matte, will diffuse some amount of light in a direction that is not captured by the optical viewfinder. I am aware of some technical developments ...
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Is the effect of a fisheye lens visible in an optical viewfinder or Live View?

I live in an area without a camera shop nearby, so I can't see for myself. On a DSLR, is the effect of a fisheye lens visible in the optical viewfinder or do I need a fisheye viewfinder for that? Is ...
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I scratched the glass on my Canon 550D's optical viewfinder — what can I do about it?

There were some specks of dust that appeared on the optical viewfinder when I looked through it. I tried using a blower but it didn't work and I may have introduced a scratch to it. Is there a way ...
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Why does the iso and time exposure change in auto iso mode when i use the optical beside the lcd in my canon t3i?

Im having problems when im using the auto iso mode in my canon rebel t3i whith the optical viewfinder but not when i use the lcd monitor. whe i use the optical viewfinder the exposition and iso change ...
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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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Why do focusing aids darken when not looked at directly?

Many users of (D)SLRs equipped with a split image rangefinder or, to a lesser extent, with microprisms will notice how they have a tendency to appear dark in less than optimal conditions, such as ...
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Bokeh in Optical View Finder [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why can’t I see bokeh in the viewfinder? In a basic DSLR optical view finder is 95% accurate, so theoretically I should be able to see what ever the lens captures. But when it ...
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How can I solve the problem of viewfinder lag when shooting video with a DSLR?

I use my DSLR camera to shoot videos of moving subjects (such as a car), and sometimes I pan the camera to track the subjects as they move. The problem I have is that to track the subject, I have to ...
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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 is the depth-of-field preview in the optical viewfinder of my Canon 500D inaccurate?

I have noticed that in my Canon 500D, the depth-of-field preview in the optical viewfinder is inaccurate with large aperture settings. If I press the DoF preview button, there is very little ...
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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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