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02-16-2012, 01:25 PM   #1
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Do you focus with eyeglasses on or off


Probably a common question but...

I wear glasses (nearsighted). I have several film cameras (spotmatics etc.) no diopters. So when you use the camera do you focus with your glasses on or off??



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I started wearing spectacles for my nearsightedness and astigmatism about the time I started using cameras, back when I was VERY young. I have always focused with glasses on, and still do.
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It's too much trouble to take the glasses off and on. Also, I learned to shoot with both eyes open (at least most of the time). This is particularly useful with video cam when I have to use the viewfinder. Having both eyes open helps me to be aware of the surrounding. Something unexpected may happen (e.g. in a party) and I don't want to miss it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by SOldBear Quote

It's too much trouble to take the glasses off and on. Also, I learned to shoot with both eyes open (at least most of the time). This is particularly useful with video cam when I have to use the viewfinder. Having both eyes open helps me to be aware of the surrounding. Something unexpected may happen (e.g. in a party) and I don't want to miss it.
+1 on this.

When I was young, and my eyesight was only requiring -.75 diopters, (approximately 20/30 vision and the limit to operate motor vehicles without corrective lenses) i tried shooting with eyepeice correction and no glasses, only to find that I had trouble seeing most of the subject at any reasonable distance. Then, with corrected eye peice, it was too much bother to deal with glasses on / off and shooting.

I never liked the thought of contacts (some fobia about sticking things in my eyes I guess) so I quickly learned to shoot wearing my glasses.

makes the caamera easier for me to use, but any one else that picks it up, cant see properly with it, but so what, it's MY camera any way

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I've been wearing glasses since the fourth grade. I've always focused with them on. The diopter on the K-x isn't nearly strong enough to correct for my vision.
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After surgery for cataract on both eyes some 15 years ago I have to wear glasses all the time ---- expept when I sleep or photograph.

Still, in daylight I usually keep my glasses on. In low light I seem to need to take them off in order to capture as many photons as at all possible. And may then spend quite some time afterwards looking for my glasses.........
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Still seeking the perfect solution, which might be the K-01!

Reality is I use +2 diopters and no glasses with all cameras except the LX, where I use the FB1/FC1 Action Finder and wear my glasses. This is a workable solution only if I slide the glasses up on my head, which breaks the frames, but at least I know where they are.
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Another vote for on. Can be awkward at times, but even if I close my other eye or it is blocked when I'm taking a photo, I often need to be able to look somewhere else quickly to frame the next shot.

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On. (If I don’t wear my contacts).
I’m not sure if there’s a diopter strong enough to compensate for my near sightedness
(-6.5). Without my glasses or contacts I feel like I’m under water without goggles.
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On, but I too find it awkward. That is why I'm off to see the eye Dr in about an hour, cant wait to start using contacts again.

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On but it's awkward with progressive lenses for me...this is probably why i shoot everything as a P&S lately

When i wore contacts it was okay but i have early symptomatic "dry eyes"...if only i could NOT age
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Heh, I'm -9 on my left eye, and that's the eye I view the viewfinder with.

But even if I require less correction, I probably wouldn't bother taking off the glasses to do so. It would be annoying because I like to survey my scene and surroundings after each shot.
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With glasses on, plus clip-on shades in daylight :-)
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You can always go for this Hoodman product and leaving your glasses on or off can be a quick and easy decision.
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