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A Question I find the optical viewfinder totally unsatisfactory. It is truly of-centered, my pictures come out clipped (top side) if I use the viewfinder. I'd like to hear form others if this is a common problem with the camera, or if I should return the thing back to Epson for repairs (yuks). Can this be corrected?

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What you are seeing is normal behavior for a rangefinder camera. The problem is called parallax error and it occurs with any camera in which the viewfinder is physically offset from the image sensor. As you may have noticed, the problem becomes worse as the camera is brought closer to the subject. You can either learn how to compensate for this, by rotating the camera upward slightly, or by using the LCD display to frame the image when you are closer than approximately 10 feet from the subject. The markings in the viewfinder may help you to judge how much compensation is necessary.

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