Question for those with Digital SLR cameras

catherinet(5 IN)April 21, 2009

Hi all,

Well, I still haven't learned much about using my Canon Rebel XTi, but I'm still taking pictures. I know several of you have this type of camera.

I hadn't used my telephoto lens much. I got it out the other day to use, and it seems like I can't see a clear image when taking a pic. Although it ends up looking pretty clear when I upload the image. Why can't I ever see clearly when looking through the camera when taking the pic?

I have it set on manual, but I just can't adjust it enough to make the image clear. The lens is clean.

And no, its not my eyesight. haha My daughter asked me that this morning.

Any suggestions?

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jeanner(SW Ohio - Z6)

Do you mean you have it set to manual focus? Have you tried using autofocus? If you use autofocus, you will have to hold the shutter button half-way down until you hear a little beep which means the camera has successfully focused. You should then see a clear image in the view finder.

    Bookmark   April 23, 2009 at 10:08PM
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sleeplessinftwayne(z4-5 IND)

I suspect it is the view screen. It seems I just have to trust the camera to auto-focus correctly. Sandy

    Bookmark   April 24, 2009 at 11:07AM
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catherinet(5 IN)

I prefer to use manual, since when I use the auto, it doesn't always seem to understand which object I'm wanting in focus.
I'll try the auto though, and see if its more focused then.

    Bookmark   April 24, 2009 at 3:12PM
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Do you normally wear glass? If so, could it be that the dioptric on the camera is set incorrectly? If you look through the viewfinder, on the right, there's a little + and - sign with a small rotating button, try turning that while looking through the viewfinder and see if it gets less blurry one way or the other.

For me, it needs to be turned all the way to the " - " side. I'm even thinking I might need to replace the dioptric because I'm so blind :P You can order them at the Canon site under Accessories, though probably somewhere online has them cheaper :)

I hope this info helps :)


P.S. Now, if I could just figure out how to set the 9 dot thing properly when working with depth of field, I might get some photos that don't need to be "Sharpened" in PhotoShop!

Here is a link that might be useful: Dioptric

    Bookmark   August 4, 2009 at 6:38PM
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maryo_nh(z5 SouthernNH)

Catherine, when you get something new, sometimes it has a protective plastic layer on it that needs to be peeled off - check for that, just to be sure.
I do the same as Jeanne, push the shutter button halfway down. I first aim the camera so that the little square in the center is on the object I want sharply in focus, then push the shutter in halfway to get the lens focused, then I compose my pic, then I quickly push the shutter in all the way. Voila. Sharp image out of the center of the photo.

:) Mary

    Bookmark   August 5, 2009 at 7:46AM
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sleeplessinftwayne(z4-5 IND)

My mom was a camera freak long before digital. She put out big money for some really good cameras. The Rollaflex had a big viewfinder that never seemed to show a clear image when I tried to get details in long distance but in the darkroom the image was wonderfully clear. Since I knew the camera was reliable and I was using the correct lens, I could live with the less sharp image in the viewfinder. Sandy

    Bookmark   August 6, 2009 at 2:11AM
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