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Old April 26th, 2004, 01:18 PM   #1
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viewfinder out of focus

I just purchased a used gl1 and at first, I thought there was a problem with the camera not wanting to focus because everthing in the viewfinder was out of focus including the feedback info (ie. nd filter and manual/auto focus). Then I opened the lcd screen and everything was perfectly in focus. I haven't recorded any footage yet, but it looks like the problem is the viewfinder is out of focus. Occasionally, the viewfinder will come into focus but as soon as I move to another subject, that subject is out of focus. Has anyone heard of this problem or have any suggestions.
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Old April 26th, 2004, 01:49 PM   #2
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1. Make sure you've fully extended the viewfinder. It telescopes a bit.

2. There is a dioptric adjustment just below the eyepiece. Use the text display to set the focal point for your eye.
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Old April 26th, 2004, 01:57 PM   #3
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See also "Adjusting the Viewfinder" on page 14 of your GL2 owner's manual. Hope this helps,
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Old April 26th, 2004, 02:23 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info. This camera didn't come with a manual, but I went to the canon web-site and downloaded the manual. On page 82, it talks about adjusting the viewfinders focus.
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