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Put Left or Right eye in the Viewfinder?
I prefer to put my left eye in the viewfinder because then my hands are centered. If I use my right eye, then the camera is on the right side of my face and my left hand has to reach to my right. Now I notice that many photographers, maybe even most of them, put their right eye in the viewfinder. Is there a good reason for this or is it just a matter of personal preference?.

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Dt..

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The old 35mm rangefinder cameras had their viewfinder eyepiece offset well toward the left side of the camera. This was so that when you pressed the camera up near your right eye your nose would end up beside the camera, not also pressing against the camera. Not all of the new digital cameras follow this tradition. Many have the eyepiece near the center of the camera. Clearly they no longer care about you nose?!?!.

If you have better vision with your left eye, then definitely use your left eye. Otherwise, no real rule on this..

Kelly Cook..

Comment #1

KCook wrote:.

The old 35mm rangefinder cameras had their viewfinder eyepiece offsetwell toward the left side of the camera. This was so that when youpressed the camera up near your right eye your nose would end upbeside the camera, not also pressing against the camera..

That is Correct, Sir!.....The Leica M's are a great example of this..I think there maybe about 1/2" in from the edge....Plus, with the M3, you can leave your left eye open and scan the area outside the finder framelines, since the VF is close to 1x Mag. (The Russians also made a Zorki 3 that also had a 1x VF, and it too was far to the left of the body for viewing with the right eye....As bright as the M3! but takes L39 lens's.).

Not all of the new digital cameras follow this tradition. Many have theeyepiece near the center of the camera. Clearly they no longer careabout you nose?!?!.

If you have better vision with your left eye, then definitely use your left eye..

That's why I use my left eye....

Otherwise, no real rule on this..

Kelly Cook.

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Thanks for the input. My camera is a Canon 40D and my nose hits the back of the camera no matter which eye I use. Fortunately, my nose does not hit and smudge the LCD..

I got a cheap eBay eyecup for the camera and the rubber can be rotated to accomodate either eye. I was wondering if I should start using it with the "Correct" eye and now I know that my best eye is the correct eye..

Thanks again..

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Dt..

Comment #3

I use mainly my right eye, and sometimes my left eye. I use my right eye for a few reasons. One is that I don't have to stretch my right arm over as much to hold the camera; it can make a difference when you're shooting for a prolonged period of time. Also, when I have my right eye on the OVF, I can keep my left eye open sometimes so that I can see normally (not through a viewfinder). It can help with finding good composition. It also definitely helps when trying to track a moving subject, such as a bird.



I sometimes use my left eye, but I don't have a real reason why. Actually, I think I use it sometimes so that I don't have to turn my head to the left as much. This is for times when I'm lazy, such as when I'm sitting down in a chair and I want to shoot sometime that's to my left...

Comment #4

What ever eye you choose. Do NOT shut the other eye. ALWAYS shoot with both eyes open ALL THE TIME. That way you get true perspective and as a Professional Photographer and Media Instructor for over 40 years. This is the best way to get the shots that most people take images for...

Comment #5

40 years ago we had viewfinders that were nearly 1:1. Today we have peepholes that give an apparent image size only about 1/4 that of the naked eye. So I would definitely be closing one eye. Wish those nice old viewfinders would come back..

Kelly..

Comment #6

KCook wrote:.

40 years ago we had viewfinders that were nearly 1:1. Today we havepeepholes that give an apparent image size only about 1/4 that of thenaked eye. So I would definitely be closing one eye. Wish thosenice old viewfinders would come back..

Kelly.

Even though our VF may have 92%-100% coverage, the magnification is about 1/4 life size...as you stated. I had to put my E510 kit lens at 25mm and check it...Yup...1/4 life size...Uhh.....But a larger Magnification would mean a larger PentaPrism or PentaMirror to achieve it...Or A Pentaprism may be the only way to achieve it...SO...Our Smallish DSLRs, would be larger. (wander what the OM1-4 had in VF Magnification (not Coverage)?? It used a Pentaprism in the VF..

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Just as we are left-handed or right-handed, we are usually left-eye or right-eye dominant. Here's a link to test yourself....

Http://www.archeryweb.com/archery/eyedom.htm.

I'm left eyed and constantly smudge my LCD with my nose! lolLucyE- 510, 40- 150, 14- 54 and ZD 35 Macro lensesU ZI owner!Olympus C30-20Zhttp://www.pbase.com/lucyFCAS Member #98, Oly Division'Photography is the art of seeing what others do not.'..

Comment #8

Now I know the real reason I prefer my left eye in the viewfinder. I am left eye dominant..

Thank you, Lucy!.

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Dt..

Comment #9

Or would that be ambiopticous? I use either one depending on how I am positioned. Generally speaking though, I use my right so my left can be watching the scene too. When I use my left eye my right one is blocked by my hand..

By the way, many people can't do that (use both eyes) right away but with practice it gets easier. I find that closing my other eye causes problems with it getting sticky or blurred when I open it. So I leave them both open.Chefziggyhttp://www.pbase.com/chefziggy/lecream..

Comment #10

I think most poeple use their dominant eye. I'm cross dominant (left-handed-right eyed) so I use my right eye with the veiwfinder...

Comment #11

I see only with one eye, which isthrough the viewfinder. The other eye is blocked by thecamera body..

I find it less distracting this way..

Coming to think of it, I wonder why we don't have binocular viewthrough the view finder..

When I was using microscopes in university, they say, "you haveto learn to use both eyes for a "stereo" view, that you can telldifference in distance. (That's for glass slide, that is very thin,with little distance apart).

I imagine binocular view for photography must be really good.Well, at least easily twice the brightness with TWO eyes..

Kenneth..

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