Which eye do you favor?

Which eye?

  • Right

    Votes: 19 63.3%
  • Left

    Votes: 11 36.7%

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    30

Darmok N Jalad

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The question is simple. Grab your camera, put it up to your face to take a picture. Which eye did you chose to hold the viewfinder up to? I know you can and probably do use both at times, but which one do you find yourself favoring?

It appears I’m a lefty, even though I’m right handed and my right eye would be so much more ergonomically convenient to use!
 
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Scepticalscribe

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Right.

But, in my case, there is a significant difference in power, focus and vision between both eyes; my left eye is what used to be referred to as "a lazy eye" when I was a child.
 

Darmok N Jalad

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Interesting results so far. I know there is such a thing as a "dominant eye," and I wonder if that contributes to the instinctive selection. Did anyone "train" themselves to use whichever eye makes their camera usage easier?

Thinking about it, I wouldn't focus so much with my nose if I used my right eye on the RX100 ;)

Cheers :)

Hugh
That's why I disable "touch to focus" on touchscreen cameras. I do it to! Coincidentally, I do use my nose to stop the timer on my Apple Watch while cooking when my hands are dirty, so it's not always bad to have a nasal stylus!
 

Scepticalscribe

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This is exactly my case.
And this, in turn, meant that when people asked to try on my glasses, I would tell them to shut their left eye, or risk a headache.

The lens in the spectacles for my right eye is merely a matter of focussing - not vision; most people can look through it and notice a firming of focus.

However, the lens in the left eye is very powerful - it has to be, and will give someone with normal vision a headache; in the days when the lenses in glasses were made from glass, I could feel the weight of the left lens on the bridge of my nose.
 
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Rhonindk

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Interesting results so far. I know there is such a thing as a "dominant eye," and I wonder if that contributes to the instinctive selection. Did anyone "train" themselves to use whichever eye makes their camera usage easier?
You could say - yes .... sort of.

After an accident where I had to learn to use my left, I found that for many activities I could easily swap between left / right as needed. When I started taking photos as a hobby, I found I was using whatever eye best fit the shot I was attempting.

These days for some of my items, using a display screen reduces the left / right need.
 
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Darmok N Jalad

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You could say - yes .... sort of.

After an accident where I had to learn to use my left, I found that for many activities I could easily swap between left / right as needed. When I started taking photos as a hobby, I found I was using whatever eye best fit the shot I was attempting.

These days for some of my items, using a display screen reduces the left / right need.
Yes, I almost thought about adding a third vote for the viewfinder users, but that was a bit out of bounds. I was curious which eye people instinctively went to and if there was anything to it. So far, it’s 2:1 righties. I will also use my swivel screen, but that’s mainly for perspective change.
 
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deep diver

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I have no idea.
Right handed and right eye dominant but I shoot cameras using my left eye. It is a combination of ergonomics and my left eye sees things as being a little brighter than my right eye does.
 

Laird Knox

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It depends. I'm right eye dominant but use both with the camera. I only wear one contact at a time. I'll wear the left one for a week, then the right one for a week. Both eyes are effectively the same. This way I can see distance and still be able to read without glasses.

From there it depends on what I have the camera's diopter set to. Sometimes I'll just switch eyes rather than adjust the diopter, sometimes I'll change the diopter. No rhyme or reason, just what I feel like doing today.
 

Rhonindk

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Yes, I almost thought about adding a third vote for the viewfinder users, but that was a bit out of bounds. I was curious which eye people instinctively went to and if there was anything to it. So far, it’s 2:1 righties. I will also use my swivel screen, but that’s mainly for perspective change.
I pulled out my Canon and realized I also use the display, not just the vf :eek:.
 

steveash

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I always used to use my right eye but started to find my left eye to be stronger so forced myself to switch over. This year my optician prescribed contact lenses with an astigmatism correction which has balanced them up again. I now find I use both eyes and have no preference.

I know some photographers use their right eye and keep their left eye open looking past the camera to allow them better view of the wider situation or to keep eye contact with a subject.
 

Strider64

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I would say 90 percent of the time I use my right eye, but the are times that I use my left eye. I know it sounds weird, but I'm using trying to compose my shot when I use my left eye.
 

MCAsan

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Right. When I had my cataract surgeries I intentionally had my right eye set for near vision and my left for distance. It only took a minor amount of diopter adjustment to make the text in the EVF tack sharp. It is so nice to not try to use glasses when shooting!!!