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POLL: "Which eye is dominant and which eye do you use to look through the viewfinder?"
RIGHT eye dominant, RIGHT eye through the viewfinder
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RIGHT eye dominant, LEFT eye through the viewfinder
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12.9%
LEFT eye dominant, RIGHT eye through the viewfinder
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5.9%
LEFT eye dominant, LEFT eye through the viewfinder
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Right or Left Eye?: Eye dominance and the VF

 
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Nov 13, 2011 18:01 |  #16

Does wearing Progressive Bifocals effect using or not using the dominate eye in the view finder?

My doctor has suggested I go to to these. Any comments?

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Nov 13, 2011 18:31 as a reply to  @ slkfis's post |  #17

I am right eye dominant and right eye through the view finder. Yet when I shoot my rifles I sight with my left eye, and always have -and I am a pretty good shot...I even hit the target once. ;)


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Nov 13, 2011 18:52 |  #18

slkfis wrote in post #13394989 (external link)
Does wearing Progressive Bifocals effect using or not using the dominate eye in the view finder?

My doctor has suggested I go to to these. Any comments?

slkfis

Depends on how bad your eyes actually are. I need reading glasses but don't need them when I use my camera. Your camera view finder has a dioptric adjustment so you can adjust it to your eye. But if your eyes are bad enough that might not be enough.


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Nov 13, 2011 19:20 as a reply to  @ post 13393636 |  #19

how do you shoot sports with your left eye?

I have to use my right eye with the camera and the left eye is looking at the action.

Same with using a red-dot scope or something. Need two eyes to get the full picture =)

I'm left eye dom though =p


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Nov 13, 2011 20:18 |  #20

right eye dom here, and while i wear progressive lenses, i don't use them when shooting. i adjust the dioptric for my right eye. i tried left eye when i was getting used to my camera, as my nose tends to touch the lcd, but never developed the skills for it.



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Nov 14, 2011 06:10 |  #21

shooting mostly street stuff, I alternate eyes depending on what I need. Its also a way not to strain only one eye.


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Nov 14, 2011 06:42 as a reply to  @ ziemowit's post |  #22

Prior to picking up photography and looking through the viewfinder, did you know which eye was dominant or did you even think about it?


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Nov 14, 2011 07:43 |  #23

Nathan wrote in post #13396863 (external link)
Prior to picking up photography and looking through the viewfinder, did you know which eye was dominant or did you even think about it?

I did, as I received a master degree in fine arts, lots of painting and drawing included, and in those disciplines 'one eye' technique is an important one to asses composition etc. my right eye is my primary one. I think it only makes sense to use both.


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Nov 14, 2011 08:27 |  #24

I normally use my right eye, and im Left eye dominant

when its really dark and im using slow shutter speeds, or at a press conference and holding a camera do long periods, waiting for "moments" i use my left eye, and stick the bottom corner of the 1d into my left collarbone, and support the camera with my shoulder.
left arm holds the lens, right hand sits across the body and holds the grip
much more stable at lower shutter speeds


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Nov 14, 2011 17:32 |  #25

I was thinking of asking this very question myself the other day!
I'm right eye dominant but use my left eye in the viewfinder
I've tried using my right but it just doesn't work for me

@tkerr - Many thanks for that vid. I've always tucked in tight and supported the camera body with the palm of my hand but since getting a grip for my 550d I've found it uncomfortable doing that and trying to operate the focus/zoom rings.

I've just tried that technique out and it's really comfortable and very stable




  
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Nov 15, 2011 13:25 as a reply to  @ DaveSlater's post |  #26

Back at high school i was always taught when using microscopes to keep both eyes open as it reduces strain on your eyes when trying to focus. I assume the the same principal applies for when i use my camera.

I also find that surveying the scene is very helpful when photographing sports or when i am using a very long focal length as i can pinpoint where the camera is looking.

I am right eye dominant, and use my right eye.




  
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Nov 15, 2011 14:23 |  #27

Simpleboy wrote in post #13403389 (external link)
Back at high school i was always taught when using microscopes to keep both eyes open as it reduces strain on your eyes when trying to focus. I assume the the same principal applies for when i use my camera.

A little trick I use when using my telescopes is to wear a black eye-patch over my right eye so I can keep it open with out distracting what I am viewing through the eyepiece. It does reduce strain because your not squinting allowing you to see more clearly with the eye that you are using.
Might be worth a try when using a camera, unless your a sport photog who needs to see with both eyes.


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Nov 15, 2011 15:39 |  #28

tkerr wrote in post #13403650 (external link)
A little trick I use when using my telescopes is to wear a black eye-patch over my right eye so I can keep it open with out distracting what I am viewing through the eyepiece.

nerd, heheh.
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Nov 15, 2011 15:40 |  #29

" LEFT eye dominant, RIGHT eye through the viewfinder " , but i use them both , once left as dominant once right as dominant...


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Nov 15, 2011 16:03 |  #30

AJX wrote in post #13404046 (external link)
" LEFT eye dominant, RIGHT eye through the viewfinder " , but i use them both , once left as dominant once right as dominant...

Huh?:confused:


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