Focusing screen not square (450d/XSi)

Started May 21, 2013 | Discussions thread
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mfait Contributing Member • Posts: 656
Re: Focusing screen not square (450d/XSi)

AnthonyL wrote:

From time to time I've tried to use the focus points to try and align vertical and/or horizontal lines for instance of buildings, only to get home and find I'm having to rotate the image to get it square.

Today I belatedly tried a couple of tests using the frames of the lounge window.  In this picture the centre focus was directly on the vertical/horizontal intersection, the vertical points on the vertical bar and the horizontal points on the horizontal bar.  Handheld but that isn't the problem (I'm still fairly steady ).

A similar test using the grid lines on live view is satisfactory.

I reckon the image is about 2.15deg out.  Are there any easy solutions?

You don't actually see through the focusing screen.  The focusing screen is under the mirror.  The focus points are for display purposes in the viewfinder so you know where they are located.

See http://www.dyxum.com/columns/photoworld/fundamentals/optical_viewfinder.asp

Therefore, either you mirror or your pentamirror is a bit off tilting the image in the viewfinder.

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