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Transition Lenses (Spectacles)

 
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Jun 28, 2013 15:29 |  #1

I have ordered new Glasses and have held the order over for the weekend until I can determine whether to proceed with "Transition" lenses or not.
It only occurred to me after I ordered, that the Transition feature might hinder me when using the viewfinder. I have to wear the glasses, even when using the viewfinder, as does it seem 90% of other photographers.
I've searched and searched the question, and there are mixed opinions and I'm tending NOT go for the transitions now. However, I've found some of the opinions are based on old technology of transitions "maybe".
I'm keen to hear some fresh opinions before making the final decision next Tuesday. Specs are ridiculously expensive these days :(


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Jun 28, 2013 16:35 |  #2

I have no problem with them and the pro's of transitions lenses far outweighs the con's

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Jun 28, 2013 16:38 |  #3

been using them for years with no problems


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Jun 29, 2013 03:22 |  #4

Depends what you mean by 'transition' - varifocal or photo-sensitive? If the former, you quickly learn the little trick of the slight backward head tilt to bring the VF into focus at the lower periphery of the varifocal lenses. I live in Scotland, so have absolutely no need for a photo-sensitive prescription. :(


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Jun 29, 2013 13:11 |  #5

xhack wrote in post #16075025 (external link)
Depends what you mean by 'transition' - varifocal or photo-sensitive? If the former, you quickly learn the little trick of the slight backward head tilt to bring the VF into focus at the lower periphery of the varifocal lenses. I live in Scotland, so have absolutely no need for a photo-sensitive prescription. :(

Thanks for the tip on tilting the head. I guess I'll find that out soon enough. I've have bi-focals for the past 20 years.
I used the term Transitions in reference to Colour Changing. My specs will be trifocal with the gradual changing zones rather than the lined type. They use the term "Transitions" to advertise the Colour Changing properties, whereas, 30 years ago, I had the same things but they were called "photo-chromatic". I never bought them again because I couldn't wear them playing tennis at night under lights. I'm having people tell me that they aren't effective when driving either :/


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Jun 29, 2013 13:18 |  #6

some do, transitions extra active and drivewear. Drivewear however are more of a sunglasses lens as they are polarised and have a permanent light tint. they also darken slightly behind the windsreen. Really nice when driving.


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Jun 29, 2013 13:19 |  #7

they are sensitive to UV light and sometimes turn darker in winter because of that......they never get super dark as some sunglasses i've had in the past but the get dark enough to take they edge off.....i love them.........if you drive a car where to front window has any kind of tint or treatment your glasses will not darken


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Jun 30, 2013 02:04 as a reply to  @ jjackflash's post |  #8

I'm getting new glasses next week and I opted out of the transitions. I hate waiting for them to turn when you go indoors or out. I would much rather just slip on a pair of those sunglasses that go over your glasses. As to using them with a viewfinder... I haven't tried that yet. But I think it would make me crazy as well to have them tinted when looking through the viewfinder. I'll also be getting use to bifocals... should be interesting.:lol:


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Jun 30, 2013 02:35 |  #9

I've worn Transitions or their predecessors for over 40 years....never had an issue with them in regards to photography. Modern UV tinting on cars does stop them from changing, so I carry a pair of clip-ons for driving....other than that....I more than happy with them.


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