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Re: Out of focus
If there is a diopter adjustment, for the viewfinder (to take into account a person wearing glasses) then that may have been changed and images just appear out of focus(in the viewfinder) when in reality, they may not be, if the camera is in autofocus mode.
Check these settings. Since I do not know what kind of camera this is I cannot be sure whether this diagnosis is valid.
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Check the mirror. The image you see in the viewfinder comes through the lens, and is reflected by the mirror. If it's dirty, it will affect the image you see. When you take the picture, the mirror lifts up, the viewfinder image is interrupted, and the light from the lens goes to the image sensor. So...if the mirror is dirty, the picture will be fine but the viewfinder image will be dark or out of focus.
There is a little wheel nest to the viewfinder on the camera. It is called something like dioptric focus (forgive me I am going off of what I heard pronounced) and it allows you to manually set the focus to your eyesight. Just adjust the wheel while looking through the viewfinder and you should be set.
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.)
Your diopter may not be adjusted ( adjustment for sharpness of image in viewfinder on the side of the eye-piece ) so set that first and then try again. If this is correct then your camera is focusing accurately ( on the sensor ) but only the image in viewfinder looks unsharp.
This is a Digital SLR
With SLR cameras you can only use the viewfinder
because the image comesi nto the lens and up to the viewfinder via a mirror.
When to take a pic the mirror flips up[usually with a crash] and the image goes to the CCD-
afterwards you will get an image briefly in the LCD.