Olympus OM-1 viewfinder blurry

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nixcamic New Member • Posts: 2
Olympus OM-1 viewfinder blurry

I was given an Olympus OM-1 and it has a blurry viewfinder, ie meter needle and everything is out of focus. Normally I would adjust the diopter to fix this, but there isn't one (that I can find), anyone know how I can fix it?

Henry Caron Veteran Member • Posts: 5,984
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nixcamic OP New Member • Posts: 2
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Well I didn't fully explain myself I guess, but usually I don't need any diopter adjustment, I just leave it at 0. I have a K1000 and its viewfinder is perfect, as is the viewfinder on any other SLR I've ever used. Do I still need an external diopter or is there something wrong with the camera?

rude Senior Member • Posts: 2,256
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yeah go to that site as henry suggested. maybe the focusing screen is not seating right in camera. it can be taken out and put back in but have a repair place do it unless you have oly tweezers. also maybe in prism there is mold or dust/dirt. go to that mir site which is very helpful. rl
or get a new focusing screen. keh has them. rl

nixcamic wrote:

Well I didn't fully explain myself I guess, but usually I don't need any diopter adjustment, I just leave it at 0. I have a K1000 and its viewfinder is perfect, as is the viewfinder on any other SLR I've ever used. Do I still need an external diopter or is there something wrong with the camera?

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rude Senior Member • Posts: 2,256
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could it be the obvious that the lens isnt in focus. its always wise to get used gear from keh. their stuff is guaranteed. rl

nixcamic wrote:

I was given an Olympus OM-1 and it has a blurry viewfinder, ie meter needle and everything is out of focus. Normally I would adjust the diopter to fix this, but there isn't one (that I can find), anyone know how I can fix it?

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rt22306 Senior Member • Posts: 1,818
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It could be the mirror is locked in the up position; do you have good batteries in it? Looking down at the lens pointed towards a subject, the mirror lockup button will be on the upper right of the lens mount.

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rude Senior Member • Posts: 2,256
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the focus screen itself looks dark and blurry a little which is normal indoors due to the matting or texture of the screen. it will lighten up outdoors but always check your lens for proper focus. rl

nixcamic wrote:

I was given an Olympus OM-1 and it has a blurry viewfinder, ie meter needle and everything is out of focus. Normally I would adjust the diopter to fix this, but there isn't one (that I can find), anyone know how I can fix it?

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been a photographer since the late 70s. i should have picked a less expensive hobby but i love it to death. rude

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