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Old 17-01-2007, 22:46   #1 (permalink)
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I use glasses for computer work and reading but only have a lens in the left side as my right eye is fine. The problem is I use my left eye to look through the viewfinder and wearing glasses while shooting doesn't work.

The optometrist wants me to wear a patch during shoots (just call me Captain Heidi ) to retrain my brain to use the right. Otherwise I'll have to wear one contact lens or get a lens installed in the viewfinder of each camera.

Has anyone else had a similar problem?

I'd rather not have to keep modifying my cameras but the soft focus (= blurry) shots are not quite going to look so great in my portfolio! Wearing a patch is fine - but I'm not so sure I won't revert back to the left once I stop wearing it!

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Old 17-01-2007, 23:10   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Photographers needing corrective lenses

I must say I've never had any trouble with my glasses and using a camera. Does your camera have any sort of dioptic adjustment on the viewfinder?
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Old 17-01-2007, 23:32   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Photographers needing corrective lenses

I am also left-eyed and wear glasses, although my right eye is pretty rubbish too. I am able to adjust the diopter to allow me to use the viewfinder with no problems. I think Nikon have a gadget that clips onto the frame of the eyecup of the viewfinder if the standard diopter cannot be adjusted enough. Maybe your camera has a similar facility.
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Old 17-01-2007, 23:39   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks guys - I'll take a look at my camera when I get home.

I find wearing glasses while looking through the viewfindera pain as the glasses sit in front of my eyes increasing the distance between eye and viewfinder (if that makes sense?)
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Re: Photographers needing corrective lenses

Being someone who wears glasses, I can empathise. I had always used my camera on manual focus, but was disappointed with some of the results; then someone we both know well, talked me into using auto-focus whilst out one day - and the results were, I have to admit, much much better, although I do still use manual focus on macro work, a necessity really, but then I generally have the time and patience! But I bet you're now going to tell me you only have manual focus lenses
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Old 18-01-2007, 01:08   #6 (permalink)
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But I bet you're now going to tell me you only have manual focus lenses
Yep - I only own one auto focus lens!

It wouldn't be so bad if you could tell straight away that a shot was soft, but you just can't tell on the tiny LCD.

Hmmm. So it seems my options are pay for contact lenses, buy all new lenses, or look like a pirate for awhile
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Id go with the pirate look for a while, cheaper and much cooler!!!!
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Re: Photographers needing corrective lenses

Thank heavens Johnny Depp made pirates cool again...

I've been trying all afternoon to use my right eye - thought I was getting somewhere when it suddenly dawned on me that my right eye was actually closed!

I've adjusted the diopter thing as well but I'm still having trouble with it. So the patch is!
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Old 18-01-2007, 09:19   #9 (permalink)
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Thank heavens Johnny Depp made pirates cool again...

I've been trying all afternoon to use my right eye - thought I was getting somewhere when it suddenly dawned on me that my right eye was actually closed!

I've adjusted the diopter thing as well but I'm still having trouble with it. So the patch is!
Sorry, but I'm beginning to hope you never sort anything out! I mean the entertainment I'm getting...........

Must get out more!
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Sorry, but I'm beginning to hope you never sort anything out! I mean the entertainment I'm getting
Wait til you see the self portrait I'm considering... I'm thinking maybe a parrot, some gold hoop earrings and hat should do it.

And in my defence it's been one of those days. I covered up the speaker on a video camera today because I couldn't find the volume control in the onscreen menu to turn it down while capturing to the computer. An hour of footage later - I knocked the zoom control accidentally and the volume decreased immediately.

The writing directly above the zoom:

VOLUME +/-
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LOL!
And that's laughing WITH you! Of course!
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Old 18-01-2007, 09:42   #12 (permalink)
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of course...

I'm off to hide my head in shame...
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Re: Photographers needing corrective lenses

this thread is very interesting to me. After two operations on my right eye, my dominant eye has changed from right to left.The confusion between brain and eye has been a problem but gradually my brain eye communications seem to be sorting themselves out.
Although i wear glasses i do better with camera work without them. Hopefully with a bit more time my left eye will become naturally dominant.
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Re: Photographers needing corrective lenses

I am not trying to teach people to suck eggs or anything so please forgive me if this is teling you stuff you already know.

I have just written a little step by step tutorial about adjusting the viewfinder's dioptric compensation wheel on digital SLRs that have this feature (most do). You can find it here: Adjusting the viewfinder for accurate focusing

I hope it is of use to someone

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Thank you Rob ,very helpful!
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Old 18-01-2007, 20:56   #16 (permalink)
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Thanks Rob - thats much better than the two step directions in the manual!

My camera will go +/- 2.5m. Will try it today.
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just had a read at it even tho it doesnt cover my camera..... and i am wondering what people with astigmatism do then or do they just have to "grin and bear it" ?

i wear glasses and have to all the time ( although i can see/ drive/ read absolutley fine without them. for a little while.) but i do have astigmatism in both eyes so its a constant subconscious effort to focus.
i hate wearing specs but i have to say i dont have a problem with them when im shooing...except very occaisionally they can steam up!

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Just a very quick (small addition to this). When shooting outside (read not able to view the shots at full size on your PC) you can sometimes get a much better idea of if the shot is in focus by zooming in to the maximum setting on your LCD during picture review. You may have to scroll the shot around to find the focal point if you were using a norrow depth of field or focused on just one point. This methord will never be as good as viewing on the monitor or a print but it will be a lot better than just viewing the whole shot on a tiny LCD.

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Realistically Fiona, if someone has a real problem with astigmatism, it would be worth them considering Toric contact lenses as these help correct astigmatism in a way that an ordinary lens struggles to do because of the irregular curvature being on the surface of the eye.

I actually find wearing contact lenses and then using my camera with minor adjustments as necessary give me the best focusing possible. I use my glasses a lot of the time though and find it ok with my 20D. I have used some other cameras where the viewfinder does not lend itself to glasses anywhere near as easily.

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Re: Photographers needing corrective lenses

I had an appt today with the optometrist (eyesight hasn't gotten any worse in 3 years thank goodness so that was a relief) but I am to trial contact lenses next week to try and fix the problem.

She said that the downside was that the profession has had much longer to get glasses perfected than contacts, but that given how much of a hindrance glasses were when shooting, contacts are the best solution.

Fiona - I have astigmatism also (only in the left though) so I might ask the optometrist about it when I go back to have the contacts fitted. She was really helpful and her mum is a photographer so she understood a bit about which was really good.
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Thats good news about the contact lenses Heidi, I wish you the best of luck with that and hope it brings you a new lease of life to your photography

Keep us informed on your progress and how you get on with them
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Thanks Steve. I'm quite looking forward to being able to manual focus easily again!
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