Blurry viewfinder questions

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  1. Eel Noob

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    Lately my Canon 20D has been having problem when looking throw my viewfinder. When looking through the viewfinder it looks very blurry even though in actuality it's really focused(auto focus). When you snap the picture it comes out clear with good details.

    When I first noticed it I thought it was the lens but than I try on my other lens it was still blurry looking. I also thought it might be my eyes(going bad) but today while trying out a friends Canon Rebel the focus was crystal clear when looking through the viewfinder.

    Any ideas on solving this or should I start looking for a new camera body?




    Thanks in advance.
     
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    There's normally a rotary control near the viewfinder that allows you to adjust the focus of the viewfinder to your eye. Adjust it while looking through the viewfinder until the focus points and exposure readout become sharp.

    It's possible that you could have moved this control without noticing.
     
  3. Overread

    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Yep it does sound like you have accidentaly hit the little viewfinder focusing wheel - its called the diopter and should be easily adjustable back to its original setting
     
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    Maybe condesation? (breath on the screen)~ try wiping it.
     
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    Thanks for the responses everyone, you'll nailed it right on the head on this one. I just adjusted the little diopter wheel right next to the viewfinder to fix the blurriness. The diopter wheel must of been moved when I let me brother and sister in law borrowed my camera for 2 weeks a few weeks back.

    Glad I posted here, really thought I was going to have to live with the blurriness or get a new camera body.
     
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    Don't worry, you are certainly not the first person to run into this problem.
     
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    KmH Helping photographers learn to fish Supporting Member

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    Familiarity with the users manual helps too.
     
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    If the brother and/or sister-in-law wear glasses, expect it to happen again anytime they use the camera. The diopter adjustment dial ("diopter adjustment" and not just "diopter", btw) will become a very handy feature as you age and you eyes begin to loose their ability to focus over a wide range. Also, it can allow eyeglass wearers to see well through the VF without their glasses.
     
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    Ditto. Dioptres are a unit of measurement (specifically 1/f, f being the focal length in metres), most commonly used in optometry.
     
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    The 20D is pretty old isn't it? Maybe it's time for a new body.
     
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    Would love nothing more than to upgrade to a newer body but that won't be happening anytime soon:(. Besides I'll probably look into getting new lenses first since this body is still usable at least for now.
     

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