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Which eye you use to look through the viewfinder?

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Aug 19, 2009 10:06 |  #31

Interestingly, another thread indicates about 70% rotate camera CCW into Portrait position. If you do that, right eye aiming makes more sense, as then the left eye can see around the camera to prevent you from being blindly run over by an athlete while you cover sports from the sideline!

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Aug 19, 2009 10:11 |  #32


First off, it's clearly not a stupid question considering how oftern it gets asked. 21 threads that I know of, and still counting. This topic has GOT to be a close second to the Smiths having thier baby.

At this point I am wondering, why is this a topic of such curiosity? It never would have occurred to me to ask. I just used whichever eye feels right and would assume others did the same.

But the question keeps returning and returning. I thought I might as well collect them. So Tonytsang, for about a billion opinions on the topic, just cruise through the threads below. (By the way - any one of these threads could have been found with the Search function.) And next time someone posts this same question, they will bump you off the top of the list! It won't be long.

Which eye you use to look through the viewfinder? by Tonytsang

Left eye or Right eye? by sporadic

Right eye or left eye? ? ? ? by dicklaxt

Which eye do you use? by Depth

Are you Left-Eyed, or Right-Eyed? by MDJAK

What eye do you use to look through your viewfinder? by dynastysmartparts

Which 'eye' do you use for shooting ? Do you keep the other eye open ? by Khaled

Does anybody else use their left eye for the viewfinder? by Blinded

Which eye do you use to look through the view finder? by ValMcC

Do you shoot with your left or right eye ? (Canon rear dial wheel and your nose...) by linuxguy

Which eye do you shoot with? ? ? ? by Acorean

Do you shoot with your left or right eye? by Maderito

strange question - what eye do you shoot with? by Verty

Which eye do you use when composing a shot in the viewfinder? by Benhasajeep

Left or Right (Eye) by Drisley

Should I sue my left eye or my right eye in the view finder? by aacmcay (I think he meant USE not SUE!)

Left eye or right eye in the viewfinder everyone? ? ? by Surfologist

Which eye do you use? by Runninmann

Which eye? by Mihkeltt

Which Eye Do You Use? by BottomBracket

which eye on the viewfinder (right-handed vs. left-handed) by Baybomo


For the record: Right handed, shoot with my Left eye. Noseprints on the LCD.


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Aug 19, 2009 10:25 |  #33

I used to shoot with my right eye on the viewfinder, but found that I was more stable (albiet not THAT much) if I look through the viewfinder with my left eye, because my nose and face is pressed to the camera adding more stability.

Anyone else agree?

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Sep 21, 2009 21:36 |  #34

people have mentioned that some viewfinders were left- or right-side biased. how can you tell?

i'm right handed but i use my left eye.

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Jan 12, 2010 20:54 |  #35

After couples months of training... I switched my eye from right to left.

If i keep using my right eye then i always have to keep my left eye close. But if i use the left eye, right eyes doesn't need to close as it will be blocked by the camera body anyway....

So, you can train yourself if you want. Personally, i find that using left eye is more comfortable.

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Jan 12, 2010 21:56 |  #36

MikeFairbanks wrote in post #8448905 (external link)
Here's how you find your dominant eye (but there's no rule that you have to use it).

1. Hold your hands together, flat--palms out at arm's length. Your fingertips should point up. You're basically making a wall and can see the back of your hands, like a woman checking her newly done nails.
2. Keep your fingers together and spread your palms so that you have a triangle. Link your thumbs.
3. Pick a target in that little triangle and look at it.
4. Now, close each eye. One will still be able to see it. The other won't. The eye that can see it is your dominant eye.
5. Decide if you really want to use that eye for photography or throw it away. ;)

I'm left-eyed.

Huh, cool trick!

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Jan 14, 2010 13:16 |  #37

dood... i had no idea that many people use their left eye! lol i seriously thought everyone just used their right eye for a normal (right handed) camera!

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Feb 14, 2010 05:13 as a reply to  @ banpreso's post |  #38

Doesn't it make sense to use your left eye because you are accessing the creative parts of the brain (the right side of the brain)? I would assume photography is a creative function.

I use my left eye, but partly because for some reason I can't close my left eye without closing my right eye at the same time. I can, however, close my right eye by itself while leaving the left eye open...what's wrong with me? :confused:

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Feb 14, 2010 05:26 as a reply to  @ drRex's post |  #39

Left eye. I still cannot get my nose to turn the quick control dial though.


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