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Whats wrong with my viewfinder?

When I look through the view finder it shows blurry images.It is not dirty or foggy, it just doesn't focus. But when I take a photo the image is perfectly clear. Help?

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  • pmb6810 Apr 05, 2008

    I have the same problem. When looking through the viewfinder the image is blurry. If I look at the screen it is fine and the pictures are fine, but if taking outdoor pictures I need to use the viewfinder.

  • Anonymous May 05, 2008

    When I got my Canon for Christmas, the focus worked fine. It quit working properly about a week ago. Like the others, when I go to focus on something, it shows up as a blur. Usually, the picture itself turns out fine.



    If I'm aiming at a subject and looking through the LED screen, it WILL focus.... but using the viewfinder, no.



    I haven't changed ANY of the camera settings. I'm still shooting pictures using AUTO.

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I don't have my camera with me, so I may be off on the exact placement, and I hope I'm not telling you something you already know and the problem is worse, but on the left side of the viewfinder itself is a tiny dial that adjusts the focus. Just look the the viewfinder and play with the dial to adjust to your eyesight.

Posted on May 13, 2008

  • Tony O'Doherty Dec 24, 2010

    Thanks. That worked. I feel dumb. I guess RTFM is always a good firat start!

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