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Viewfinder screen is blurd but welcome screen ok

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When I look through the viewfinder the shape that surrounds my image is not a rectangle but a circle. So a lot of what I see in the viewfinder is blocked because it is in a "circle" shape.


This sounds to me like the ground glass or fresnel focussing screen is missing from the viewfinder. You need to have a professional camera repairer take a look at it.

Oct 25, 2010 | Contax 645 Medium Format Film Camera

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My canon xsi will come out "focused" but when i look through my view finder thing- it is not in focus. do you know what could be wrong?


The viewfinder image focusses onto the ground glass viewfinder screen; your viewfinder image will therefore be out of focus if the screen has moved up or down in relation to where it should be.

Check that the screen is seated properly by removing the lens and looking at the roof of mirror box in the camera body. Usually the screen will have dropped down very slightly and it's held in place by clips to the front and rear. The rear clip is fixed, the front one is a spring clip. Avoid using bare fingers when you manipulate the screen and do not use metal or hard plastic tools on it.

Oct 09, 2010 | Canon EOS Rebel XSi Digital Camera

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Picture image out of alignment


Your viewfinder, focussing screen, and mirror are out of alignment. You need a service technician to fix the problem.

Jul 04, 2010 | Sony Alpha DSLR-A350 Digital Camera

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My camera will not focus. I have a 50mm lens and 200mm and neither will focus


Which exact lenses are you trying to use? The N2000 (aka F301) is a manual focus camera so if you're trying to use autofocus lenses you have to focus them manually. Sorry if this seems an insulting suggestion, but you did state "my camera will not focus" and I've learned that on FixYa it's best not to assume any prior level of knowledge with regard to those who post questions.

The next thing to check is whether the viewfinder has an eyecup attached, if so slide it upwards to remove it as sometimes they have a corrective lens fitted if the previous user needed corrective optics. If your vision is fine (with glasses/contact lenses if necessary) then a corrective lens on the viewfinder may make things look blurry.

Other than that, the only other possible cause (other than a pair of broken lenses) is if the focussing screen has become dislodged downwards (or somehow fitted upside-down) then the viewfinder image will be unsharp. Officially the F301/N2000 had a fixed focussing screen but it could be replaced with one of three designed for the higher specified F501 (which does have autofocus), and if not seated correctly you'd get the focussing issue you describe.

You can test if the focussing screen is the problem in one of two ways:-
1. A visual inspection (you may need to get a more experienced photographer to take a look at it);

2. Set the lens to focus at infinity and at the widest possible aperture and take a photograph of a distant object (ignoring the blurred viewfinder). process the film and inspect the photo. If it's sharp then you have a focussing screen problem. If not, then it's a lens problem.

If the problem is a poorly fitted focussing screen then it may just need reseating or to be removed and refitted. It's vital to do this in a dust free environment and to avoid getting fingerprints on the screen. Some screens sit in a hinged frame which then clips into place when pushed up, others push into a pair of clips towards the top rear and then the front is held in place by a spring clip: it's been a long while since I worked on the F501 or F301 so I don't recall which system is used.

Courtesy of Norman Butkus' website, click here for a free Nikon N2000 user manual.

I hope that you've found my answer to be of use, if so please return the favour by rating my answer.

Feb 06, 2010 | Nikon N2000 35mm SLR Camera

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Concerning the E410 viewfinder.


there will be transperent mark inside check out that

Jun 18, 2009 | Olympus EVOLT E-410 Digital Camera

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Viewfinder of Sony DSC-H2 does not work anymore


Viewfinder has focus lever at bottom, please adjust viewfinder internal focus as per your eye sight looking on-screen display. Every thing will be fine after that.

Feb 04, 2009 | Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H2 Digital 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.

Dec 29, 2008 | Minolta X-370S 35mm SLR Camera

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Blured viewfinder


Look at the viewfinder on the camera.

Now look on the LEFT side of the viewfinder; just above the swivel-screen.

You will see a little thumb wheel there.

That is the focus for the viewfinder. Move it up and down to bring the viewfinder into focus. (Don't forget to do this while you are looking through the viewfinder so you can see what you are adjusting.)

Easy fix. :)

Sep 29, 2007 | Canon PowerShot S3 IS Digital Camera

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Using the camera screen (LCD) as a viewfinder


To use the LCD as a viewfinder: Turn the Mode dial to any Still mode. Press the OK button to turn on the camera screen. Frame your subject in the LCD. Press the Shutter button to take a picture. NOTE: Using the camera screen as a viewfinder significantly reduces battery power. Use it sparingly.

Aug 29, 2005 | Kodak EasyShare One Digital Camera

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