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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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Issue with focus when using the viewfinder

I've got a Sony A6500 with a Sigma lens (30mm 1.4 DC-DN). When I take a picture of a landscape (all green squares appear when focusing) it works nicely. However, if I take the same picture (with again ...
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Nikon D750 display in the viewfinder is not working

I dropped my Nikon d750 off a low shelf. There is not visible damage. However, the viewfinder stopped displaying info. Any thoughts or suggestions? Has anyone ever encountered this? Thanks.
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Is this dust or fungus in the viewfinder?

Do you know if this is dust or fungus in the viewfinder? Purchased a used Canon EOS 1N in "mint" condition from eBay recently that had "no fungus" in the description. A flashlight ...
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How to fix aperture indicator in Minolta X700 viewfinder?

I can't see the currently selected aperture when looking through the viewfinder of my Minolta X700. I've taken off the top front plate and found a little mirror loose inside, but have no idea where it'...
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Subject-Tracking only available in LiveView

I found this after three years of purchasing this camera (Nikon D5600) that it does have subject-tracking capabilities like other higher-end cameras. I always used eye-piece to take photos from ...
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Do Electronic Viewfinders Record Data?

I saw this post: How does an electronic viewfinder work? But I am more interested if the electronic viewfinder on a digital camera or smartphone saves image data before it is captured and written to ...
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Is there any way to use viewfinder while recording video with Canon DSLR?

I have Canon 60D. When on recording mode the viewfinder doesn't work because the shutter is up and you can only see through the screen. This is a problem because it's much harder to find the subject ...
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Image is Blurry, but Viewfinder is sharp

I recently bought a Canon 550D. The problems is when I take a picture through the ViewFinder, the image gets blurry and out of focus. But when I use Live Mode, the image is sharp and in focus. What ...
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How do I pick a good camera as a surprise present?

I’m totally a novice to Photography and related gadgets. But I want to gift a camera with a “viewfinder” lens to my wife. She already has a Canon dSLR camera. Is it typical to buy just an “electronic ...
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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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Pink/purple glare inside the viewfinder on Canon EOS R6

I just got brand new Canon EOS R6. Is it normal to see pink/purple glare inside the viewfinder (left side) while taking photos?
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What's the point in covering the viewfinder?

Recently, I found out that the rubber cover on the strap of my Canon EOS camera is used to cover the viewfinder. I searched on the web to learn why should I cover the viewfinder and I read that it ...
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How do I go about fixing this strange dark line blocking my Minolta XG-1's viewfinder?

I recently bought my friend's Minolta XG-1 which looks super well maintained cosmetically. He did mention to me that it was sitting in his hot attic for about a year. I noticed that there is a weird ...
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Hasselblad H cameras. How does the viewfinder image correspondent with the photograph?

The Hasselblad H cameras are modular. There are different digital backs for each camera available which actually feature different sensor sizes. How does the image in the viewfinder correspondent to ...
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How are you supposed to judge ISO's effect on the image if you are looking through the viewfinder?

When you look through the viewfinder, how do you prevent potentially taking bad photos by misjudging the ISO? You can see what the focus will be like and depth of field and the shutter speed isn't too ...
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How to properly focus using a Macro reverse ring?

Fourth question from me about this topic. I'm trying to digitize a large number of family slide films with a modified slide projector by taking photos of the slides (I replaced the original yellow ...
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Is my DSLR viewfinder dark because there's no battery in the camera?

I'm new to DSLR cameras; as I love photography, I decided to get a Nikon D7500 with 18-140mm kit lens. I've just mounted the lens to the camera but when I see through the viewfinder, the image doesn't ...
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Can I record video through viewfinder of a Nikon D3500 DSLR?

I can take video using the lcd screen and I can take images when using the viewfinder. However I cannot record video via the viewfinder. Is there a way to shoot video using the viewfinder with a DSLR?
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Why is the subject too dark when using auto modes on Nikon D5600?

I have a problem with using automatic and semi-automatic modes. For example, I have "fairly optimal" light, in "A" mode I set the desired aperture value, let it be 2.8 and ISO 200, when I switch to ...
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Can it be dangerous to look at the sun through the viewfinder?

A few minutes ago I went outside to take a panorama on my lawn with my DSLR, but I accidentally looked at the sun through the viewfinder. Is that dangerous? I just saw a black spot for about 30 ...
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How do I set my D5600 in manual so I can see ISO changes in the viewfinder?

I am learning to shoot in manual and have had the settings set up on my camera ready to go. However, I can only view the changes to ISO and shutter speed on the liveview screen, not through the ...
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How to set AF area mode viewfinder if values are gray (can't be chosen) on Nikon D3500?

When setting AF area mode viewfinder on my D3500, I can only chose 2 options out of 4: single-point AF and auro-area AF. The remaining two: dynamic area AF and 3D-tracking are gray and the camera says ...
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Why is view on camera different from actual output viewed on phone?

I have a Nikon D5600. When I use telephoto lens (70-300 mm) for bird photography, on full zoom the bird does appear clear and near, but when the actual photo is produced, the bird appears far. When ...
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Why is my Nikon D850 view finder dark and dim with my new 28-300mm lens?

I am using Nikon D850 which is working perfectly fine with my Nikon 50mm f/1.4 lens. Recently I purchased 28-300 lens. I noticed that on mounting this new lens view finder looks quite dark and dim. ...
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Is there any mirrorless camera that can mark areas within DoF in the EVF?

All mirrorless cameras have the image in the rear LCD and the electronic viewfinder (EVF) fully generated by a computer, making many utilities such as noise removal, text overlays, histograms, etc ...
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How to clean the viewfinder of Minolta X-700

My Minolta X-700 was dropped and the consequence is a viewfinder full of dust like this: I don't know how to clean it except remove the top cover to reach the viewfinder. Is there any other way?
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What is this weird dark spot on my viewfinder that looks like a microorganism?

I recently bought a used Canon 1100D, and I didn't notice this... defect? dirt? chip? crack? dividing organism?! — I don't know what to call it — in the viewfinder until I brought it home. It's ...
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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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Numbers in my Canon M50 Viewfinder

I have a brand new Canon M50 camera. When I look through the viewfinder to take a picture, there is a 4 digit number in the bottom right hand of the screen. Right now it is 2909. I have only taken 1 ...
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Viewfinder shaking in my sigma 18-200 lens with Canon eos1100d

So, I dropped my camera yesterday wasn't a big drop and it was in its bag but today when I tried to use it the viewfinder has got an almost constant shake on it and all the photos are out of focus. ...
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Why is my Canon 70D's liveview autofocus much worse than the viewfinder's?

First of all I came across these questions already: My viewfinder won't autofocus but live view focuses well Canon 600D Autofocus not working when using view finder but working in live-view Why is my ...
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Why isn't my DSLR's viewfinder showing focus correctly after removing it for cleaning?

I've tried to clean focusing screen of my Nikon D750 by removing it out of the body and placed it back after cleaning. From then on, the focusing is acting weird. When I look through the viewfinder, ...
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My viewfinder is dirty or damaged?

I have a problem with my viewfinder glass surface so I'm not sure is this greasiness or is glass coating damaged and how to clean or fix that?
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What focal length of glasses is best for photography?

Eyeglasses have different potential focal lengths. For example, there are reading glasses, computer glasses, driving glasses etc. So, if I am shooting photos, what is the right focal length? The ...
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Why do pictures taken with my Canon DLSR turn out extremely dark when using the viewfinder?

Warning Amateur photographer. When I take pictures with my Canon DSLR in the viewfinder the shutterspeed is much quicker and the pictures come out very dark. When I use the screen instead, the ...
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What is the meaning of the small blinking camera symbol in my Canon 70D viewfinder?

I am using Canon 70d and there is a small camera symbol in my viewfinder. I dont know what that is or what it's showing. When I click the AF button, it starts blinking.
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Viewfinder and focal length in film medium format

I just got a Hasselblad 500cm. I'm used to the rangefinder system where framelines indicate the frame corresponding to a certain focal length. In my Hasselblad there is no such a thing. So I'm ...
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Are there viewfinders that project on a screen rather than forming a virtual image and what are they called?

From my understanding of an (d)slr optical viewfinder the image is first projected onto a focusing screen forming a real image and then, using optics in the viewfinder, formed into a virtual image ...
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Will my Nikon DSLR's viewfinder grid drain battery life even after camera is switched off?

I own a Nikon D7200. Recently I changed Pv button to playback. Previously it was viewfinder grid. I needed the viewfinder grid so I left it on and then changed the button. When I switch off my camera, ...
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What Field of View does an Electronic Viewfinder typically have?

I have an old small HDMI display laying around here and I want to use it to create a primitive electronic viewfinder with 3D printed parts for my DSLR. My design is nearly finished, but I still don't ...
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The view through my canon 100D viewfinder is blurry [duplicate]

The title sums it up. I upgraded to full frame and when I reused my canon 100D I realized that I just could not see clearly through the viewfinder. Everything is blurry, even the parameters, even when ...
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Why is my Nikon D3300 taking almost totally black pictures through the viewfinder but is fine on liveview?

Total beginner here, have been having great fun with my Nikon D3300 during the past year but recently, when using the viewfinder, everything looks perfect but when I look at the image that has been ...
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Will a left cornered viewfinder be difficult to use for a left eye dominant person?

I am thinking of purchasing a Sony alpha 6000 which has a viewfinder on the left corner. Given that I am left eye dominant and so would use my left eye to look through the viewfinder, will this be a ...
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Does diopter settings change when lens is put on backwards?

One way of doing macro photography on the cheap is to flip the lens backwards I am having issues focusing, the diopter is calibrated but when I flip the lens the focus of taken picture is not the ...
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What are the benefits of EVFs over the rear LCD?

I have had many cameras, both Digital and Film. Yet I am still to find a situation where using the EVF (Electronic Viewfinder) is of benefit. With a DSLR I use the optical viewfinder, it is ...
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Can viewfinder type make an appreciable difference in manual focus?

I have a few old vintage lenses that I love to shoot with on my Canon T3. The obvious disadvantage is the challenge of getting sharply focuses images while focusing manually. I have great vision, but ...
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