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View Poll Results: Which eye do you use look through the viewfinder?
Right eye dominant, shoot with right 48 56.47%
Left eye dominant, shoot with left 21 24.71%
Right eye dominant, shoot with Left 9 10.59%
Left eye dominant, shoot with right 7 8.24%
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Old 30th of July 2007 (Mon)   #1
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Default Which eye do you shoot with????

I don't know if anyone has ever given this much thought but everyone is either right eye dominant or left eye dominant.

This is somewhat analogous to crossing of your hands... which thumb is on top? Not the same for everyone and doesn't feel right if you do it the "wrong" way for you.

(For me my right thumb is on top. Also, I'm left eye dominant.)

Why I ask....

For those of us who are left eye dominant, it makes taking pictures with an SLR somewhat more difficult because your right eye ends up behind the body of the camera, which means that all you can see is what is through the view finder.

If you are right eye dominant, you have the luxury of still "looking" with your left eye while your right eye sees what is through the viewfinder.

Are us left eye dominant photogs somewhat handicapped? Has anyone who is left eye dominant, noticed this and tried to force/train themselves to use their right eye?

I really want to know what people think so I set up a poll. Please vote and share your thoughts.
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Old 30th of July 2007 (Mon)   #2
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Default Re: Which eye do you shoot with????

I'm left eye too and I've been trying to learn to shoot with the right eye so I still can "use" my left one. Man, isn't it tought to break an old habit.

I still reverse back to the left eye on critical shots but found myself using the right eye more when I have a chance.

It feels really weird.
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Old 30th of July 2007 (Mon)   #3
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Default Re: Which eye do you shoot with????

Left eye me too. I get a head-ache when I try too look with the right one.
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Default Re: Which eye do you shoot with????

You really need to add a “both eyes” option with neither dominant else I can not answer the poll. Seriously, there are a few of us, mainly left handers it seems, that really do not have a preferred eye dominance. I think it may have something to do with having to live in a right handers world and being forced against out wills to deal with right handers ignorant prejudice. In fact, you having put this poll together just shows you are right handed.
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Default Re: Which eye do you shoot with????

Guilty as charged. Thanks for making me feel bad when I was trying to shed some light on this phenomena.

Sorry if you left handers feel left out
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Guilty as charged. Thanks for making me feel bad when I was trying to shed some light on this phenomena.

Sorry if you left handers feel left out

No worry, in the year 2015, all left hand shooters will be forced to use the new Kodak DSLR.
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Default Re: Which eye do you shoot with????

When shooting firearms I found out that as a righty I am left eye dominant. It became so ingrained to aim with my left eye that I simply do it automatically when shooting the camera.


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I am right handed and shoot with my left eye.

BTW, maybe we should get these all merged.

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Right eye dominant, no other options.
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You really need to add a “both eyes” option with neither dominant else I can not answer the poll. Seriously, there are a few of us, mainly left handers it seems, that really do not have a preferred eye dominance. I think it may have something to do with having to live in a right handers world and being forced against out wills to deal with right handers ignorant prejudice. In fact, you having put this poll together just shows you are right handed.
I am with gjl, I need a 'both' seletion. I typically shoot with my right eye as I am right handed, but if I go for too long...since i squint....my left eye gets blurry. So I change to my left eye to shoot so I will not start to see blurry when shooting for a long time.
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I see 3 threads in a row about which eye do you shoot with. Why? Left for me
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When shooting firearms I found out that as a righty I am left eye dominant. It became so ingrained to aim with my left eye that I simply do it automatically when shooting the camera.


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This is what made me think of this as well. I used to shoot billiards and noticed that I was left eye dominant, yet right handed. Shooting firearms is the same for me. This makes it kind of awkward because you have to bring the firearm further over to aim and shoot.
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Default Re: Which eye do you shoot with????

Where is the both option?
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I see 3 threads in a row about which eye do you shoot with. Why? Left for me
Woah. I usually do my research so I'm not duplicating efforts, however I thought that I had something original here. Sorry to all those that think this thread is a waste of time.

As an engineer, data matters... hence the poll. I am interested to see what the numbers say.
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Where is the both option?
OK, sorry I forgot about both eyes and I'm especially sorry for all the lefties... well not that sorry since the camera manufacturers don't seem to care about you guys in the first place.

I didn't realize there were people with ambidextrous (sp?) eyes. You guys are too talented for the rest of us and a vote for right and a vote for left would cancel out.
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