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Can't see whole image thru viewfinder when len is on

When looking through the viewfinder with any len on, all you see is a very small circular image and not the whole image. How can I get the whole image to appear in the viewfinder?

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Re: Can't see whole image thru viewfinder when len is on

Your camera either has no focusing screen or the screen is dislodged. Remove lens and look above the mirror : looks like frosty glass.

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Looking through viewfinder i see dirt & black specks

It depends where the dirt is. Following the light path, look at the rear surface of the lens. A dirty rear lens surface will have the most affect on picture quality or what you see in the viewfinder of any position in the light path. Like all optical cleaning procedures, hold the lens with the rear lens surface facing the ground so gravity will work with you. Start by blowing clean air on it using canned air or a blower such as a Rocket blower or ear syringe. If that is sufficient, do not continue the sequence. This holds true at the conclusion of each step because the more aggressive your cleaning becomes, the more risk there is of damage. If it is still dirty, gently brush it with a sable or camel hair brush. If that is not sufficient, gently wipe it with a dry lens photograph lens tissue (do not use coated tissues) or a microfiber cloth. Finally, as a last resort, dampen a corner of a lens tissue or microfiber cloth (do not put the wet solution directly on the lens) and gently wipe with a circular motion. Finish by wiping with a dry section of the tissue or cloth. Although the front surface of the lens is not as important, repeat the process for the front surface.
If you still see the dirt in the viewfinder, are two possible remaining locations; the bottom surface of the prism located above the mirror or the mirror.
Clean the prism first and avoid cleaning the mirror if possible, or any contact with the mirror. The prism can be cleaned following the sequence outlined above. If that doesn't work, the problem is the mirror.
CAUTION! The mirror is front surfaced and is very susceptible to scratches and other damage unlike a conventional mirror which is rear surfaced with the glass protecting the coating. Aggressive cleaning should be avoided.
Carefully follow step 1 of the lens cleaning procedure (air) and step 2 (brushing) if necessary. As far as the third and fourth steps, I would not use them myself because of the risk of mirror coating damage. It would be better to take your camera to a qualified repairman.

remove the lens and look above the mirror at the bottom of the viewfinder prism. If it is dirty, clean it as you would clean a lens surface. The next place to look is the mirror.
CAUTION! The mirror, unlike the mirror over your bathroom sink, is front surfaced and there is no glass between you and the delicate and easily damaged coating. Hold the camera with the mirror facing down so that gravity will work in your favor. If that does not work, I would stop and take it to a camera repairman because you do not want to risk scratching the surface by using lens tissue or cleaner.

Feb 05, 2013 | Nikon F100 35mm SLR Camera

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Hello my question is about what I think is a mirror issue on my n75 Nikon camera. When I look through the viewfinder the picture appears fuzzy. I looked closely at the lens and it does not look like it...

First off, with no lens attached, it will always be fuzzy, there is nothing to focus the light. Second, if you're looking at the mirror, you should be able to tell if it's dirty - if it is, glass cleaner and a soft rag are all that are required.

I'd suspect however that neither are your issue. Either your focusing screen is out of place or damaged, or your camera's diopter correction (if it has it) has been moved, Look for a small dial right next to your viewfinder with a +/- on it, and with the lens attached, and focused, turn the dial until everything is in focus. If your camera has this dial, it'll be usually on the right side of the viewfinder window.

If it does not have it you'll need to seek a repair shop to check your focusing screen since the mirror is 99% not going to be the cause of your problem. If there are no shops locally, google KEH Camera. It'll run you $35 for an estimate, waived if you decide to have any needed repairs done.

Sep 08, 2011 | Nikon N75 35mm SLR Camera

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Looking through my F3HP viewfinder, the window

what lens is mounted? the lcd is lighted through the "white glass" just below the on (of Nikon). If a large (thick) lens is mounted, this might block the light from shining through this window?

Feb 20, 2010 | Nikon F3HP 35mm SLR Camera

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Image through nikon f80 dark and cloudy

I'm unfamiliar with the F80 but on models like the f65 and f75 the viewfinder screen has an lcd overlay and when the battery is exhausted or removed the viewfinder goes dark and blurry.

Looking at a picture of the f80 it looks like it's just an update on my f75 so it strongly suggests that you just need to insert a fresh battery. The lcd does draw power from the battery even with the camera turned off.

I hope that you found my answer useful, once you've tried another battery to confirm what I've suggested I'd appreciate it if you return the favour by rating my answer.

Jul 20, 2009 | Nikon F801S 35mm Film Camera

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Image through Nokia F80 viewfinder dark and cloudy

Please also ignore this answer, (see askers comment above). I've only posted it so that this question doesn't continue to appear as an unanswered one.

If anyone else has this problem please go to
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Jul 20, 2009 | Nikon F801S 35mm Film Camera

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When i look through my lens, its blurry

Adjust the viewfinder diopter to suit your eyesight. The control is near the viewfinder; try adjusting it and see if the image clears up. Be careful not to poke yourself in the eye as you do this.

Jan 21, 2009 | Canon EOS Rebel Ti / 300V 35mm SLR Camera

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Minolta X-370 Spot driving me nuts!

If its inside the viewfinder, then you'll really need to take it in for a repair, but bear in mind, that will require disassembly and that will likely run you $75-$100, which is more than a used X370 goes for on eBay.

One thing I would check is the underside of the focussing screen as maybe it is on there. Remove the lens and then look thru the viewfinder. If you still see the spot, then its in the body and not in the lens.

Look inside at the underside of the prism - thats where the focussing screen is. Do not touch the screen with any cleaning fluid or your finger. instead, grab something fairly stiff but pliable, like the straw on the edge of a dust blower. and gently rub the general area on the screen where the spot might be. Then blow the area with air to clean it all up. Look thru the viewfinder again and see if that got it.

Its pretty rare for dust to get inside the viewfinders unless they had previously been open for a repair, so theres a good chance its stuck to the focussing screen. Don't touch it with solution or your finger though as the screen can be damaged easily.

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Shutter sticking open

Hey jimicricket,
The mirror is what reflects what the lens is seeing up to the viewfinder, and if it is sticking in the up position that is why you can't see anything sometimes thru the viewfinder. I would have the camera looked at by an authorized service technician, and it's possible that it just needs a good cleaning.

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Nikon n55 film camera

You must have your lens set to the minimum aperture setting for this camera to function. I.E. f22,f32. The aperture ring moves a small tab on the outside of the mount ring when in that position.

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Can't see out of viewfinder

The mirror motor is probably the problem, you'll usually hear a whirring noise like a motor spinning. It's about a $125 repair, requiring the mirror box to be removed and the mirror driving motor replaced. Pentax originally put a plastic gear on the motor shaft - the replacements have a brass gear.

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