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Old October 8th, 2008, 09:33 AM   #1
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CVF not clear?

I recently purchased a Canon XH A1 from a member of this community and everything seems to be in good working order. The built-in mic head is a little loose than I'd like, but that doesn't appear to effect it's working order (nor do I intend to use it as I mostly work with wireless lavalier systems).

What did strike me odd is that the CVF shows nothing but a blue blur. Now, am I missing something here or was I sold a unit with a broken CVF? I turned 'ON' the LCD and CVF option, so I don't think it is anything as simple as that (although I was told by the seller that it does have something to do with a MENU setting).

If anyone can help me out in figuring out as to why my LCD works perfect but my CVF is literally of no use, that would be fantastic.
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Old October 8th, 2008, 11:13 AM   #2
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There is a tiny slider under the CVF, adjust it until the on screen text is clear.
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Old October 8th, 2008, 11:25 AM   #3
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The built-in mic mount is supposed to be loose like that. It's sort of a shock mount.
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Old October 8th, 2008, 12:19 PM   #4
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::crosses fingers::

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There is a tiny slider under the CVF, adjust it until the on screen text is clear.
I really hope that is the case as I definitely prefer a viewfinder over an LCD most of the time.
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Old October 8th, 2008, 12:20 PM   #5
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Shock mount, eh?

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The built-in mic mount is supposed to be loose like that. It's sort of a shock mount.
Hmm, interesting and also reassuring.
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Old October 8th, 2008, 01:12 PM   #6
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If you also look at the manual theres a little opening by the slider where you can stick a Q-tip in to clean off any dust that may have collected.
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Old October 8th, 2008, 02:04 PM   #7
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Well then.

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If you also look at the manual theres a little opening by the slider where you can stick a Q-tip in to clean off any dust that may have collected.
Thank you for the additional tip; I really hope one of these is the likely cause what it appears to be an out-of-focus blur of a CVF.
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Old October 8th, 2008, 02:45 PM   #8
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If it's out of focus, it's got to be the focus slider.
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Old October 8th, 2008, 03:05 PM   #9
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The built-in mic mount is supposed to be loose like that. It's sort of a shock mount.
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Hmm, interesting and also reassuring.
For more info, see http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/canon-xh-...ems-loose.html
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Old October 8th, 2008, 04:24 PM   #10
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Uhh...upon further inspection and opening that little bay underneath (I'm assuming the one referenced for cleaning purposes) the viewfinder...I think the seller broke the slider (or wheel) off.

It's just a thin slit of a hole.

I'd hate to dirty his name here on this forum, but is it possible that I'm mistaken?
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Old October 8th, 2008, 05:04 PM   #11
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Yep, I'd say it's broken off. You might be able to stick a toothpick or something like that in the hole and move the focus mechanism. It slides fairly easily.
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Old October 8th, 2008, 05:14 PM   #12
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Guiseppe Palumbo

I am very, very enraged. The toothpick idea sounded rather surefire, but it did nothing but rattle the entire innards of the CVF with the out-of-focus blue screen still as is.

I cannot believe this. This is just flat-out unacceptable.
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Old October 8th, 2008, 06:05 PM   #13
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Could be you need to send it to Canon for a new VF.
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Old October 8th, 2008, 06:52 PM   #14
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The thread that you bought the camera from states that the camera is still under warranty until 2010. Maybe warranty will cover it?
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Old October 9th, 2008, 12:06 PM   #15
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Warranty Question

How do I go about finding out if even that portion of the deal was legitimately true? Shouldn't there be a warranty card or something included or would I have to call up Canon and give them his name and what-not and have them transfer the warranty under my Canon ID?
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