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tigagreen Registered since 03rd Jun 2006Tue 20-Jun-06 12:15 AM
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"Which Eye do you use?"


Canton, US
          

Just about to get purchase a D50, currently a F4s user. I predominately shoot with my left eye and am curious if anyone has an issue with your nose interfering with navigation buttons. I always felt I should use my right eye, but I just can't break the habit.
Should I be concerned?

Thanks. Bob M.

  

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Cruiser2091 Registered since 05th Jan 2006Tue 20-Jun-06 02:46 AM
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#1. "RE: Which Eye do you use?"
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AU
          

Left eye works fine for me
I guess we both must be normal
Greg

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Tiberius Registered since 24th Aug 2007Tue 20-Jun-06 04:35 AM
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#2. "RE: Which Eye do you use?"
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Lansing, US
          

I shoot exclusively with my right, but a quick test of putting my left eye up to the viewfinder of my yielded no problems D50 other than the fact that having only my left eye open is near-impossible for me (some sort of eye dominance).

-Brian Beck

  

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Cruiser2091 Registered since 05th Jan 2006Tue 20-Jun-06 06:36 AM
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#3. "Your right Tiberius"
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AU
          

An easy test to determine your dominant eye is to make a circle of your thumb and forefinger, hold it about 15 " from your eye and look through it to a small object. Close one eye then the other, the eye that sees the object in the centre of your circle is your dominant eye.
Regards Greg
Greg

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MasterDabber Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Dec 2005Tue 20-Jun-06 06:53 AM
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#4. "RE: Your right Tiberius"
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Camberley, GB
          

>An easy test to determine your dominant eye is to make a
>circle of your thumb and forefinger, hold it about 15 " from
>your eye and look through it to a small object. Close one
>eye then the other, the eye that sees the object in the
>centre of your circle is your dominant eye.
>Regards Greg
>Greg

Now I never knew that... Yup, that works for me... left eye it is.... but right handed, right footed.

Derek
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Cruiser2091 Registered since 05th Jan 2006Tue 20-Jun-06 07:07 AM
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#5. "MasterDabber"
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AU
          

Learnt from my days of shooting with a pistol and not a camera
Greg

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phillyguy Registered since 03rd Nov 2005Tue 20-Jun-06 06:53 PM
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#8. "RE: Your right Tiberius"
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Philadelphia, US
          

I also heard the one where you hold your finger out in-line with a vertical line (e.g. the side of a door frame) and close each eye (one at a time) and the eye that keeps the finger in-line is dominant. Thing is, I get a different result between your test and this one. With the finger one, my right eye is dominant and with your circle one my left eye is dominant.

Not that it matters too much, most of the time I actually shoot with both eyes open. I shoot a lot of moving objects and it helps me to keep an eye on the whole scene and not just what is in the viewfinder. I'm able to then better anticipate where to go with the next shot.

Jason
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Cruiser2091 Registered since 05th Jan 2006Tue 20-Jun-06 09:40 PM
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#9. "Phillyguy"
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AU
          

Once again if shooting with a pistol(target shooting) can be used as a comparison we are taught to keep both eyes open. To avoid distractions though a translucent disc is worn on special eyeglass frames, this allows light to still enter both eyes aiding depth of vision.
I mention this because I think that it may also be relevant to photography (not the disc but keeping both eyes open)
Anyway my little piece of trivia
Greg

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f2 Registered since 20th Mar 2006Wed 21-Jun-06 05:56 PM
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#11. "RE: Phillyguy"
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San Francisco, US
          

Greg
The reason I was taught to shoot (cameras) with both eyes open is to maintain situational awareness. I learned this when I was shooting highschool newspaper/yearbook.

On the football field, if you are not watching around you, you could be hit by a football player in full gear. They frequently are running into the sidelines, going after the ball carrier. If you are in the way...too bad. That could put you in the hosptial. They have padding, you don't. I did see one photog hit, and it wasn't fun.

I also used the 2 eye technique at my nieces wedding. In the vertical position, I had my camera left side down/right side up. This allowed me to watch the processional with my unobstructed left eye while my right watched the narrower angle in the viewfinder.

BTW the other reason to shooting pistol/rifle with both eyes open is to aid your balance. For some reason, your balance is harder to maintain if you close one eye.

Gary

  

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Planefreek22 Registered since 27th Jan 2006Fri 23-Jun-06 03:23 AM
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#17. "RE: Phillyguy"
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Del Mar, US
          

>On the football field, if you are not watching around you,
>you could be hit by a football player in full gear. They
>frequently are running into the sidelines, going after the
>ball carrier. If you are in the way...too bad. That could
>put you in the hosptial. They have padding, you don't. I
>did see one photog hit, and it wasn't fun.

this was posted a while back on the turning pro forum, http://i.a.cnn.net/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/2005/12/06/gallery.leadingoff/web012.jpg

oh and by the way. I shoot both eyes open but my left is up to the finder. And yes, my large Jewish nose gets in the way. It sometimes goes as far as to change the AF point.

-Matt
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phillyguy Registered since 03rd Nov 2005Fri 23-Jun-06 01:13 PM
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#18. "RE: Phillyguy"
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Philadelphia, US
          

LOL - very nice.

Jason
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feadin Registered since 16th Mar 2006Tue 20-Jun-06 11:14 AM
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#6. "RE: Which Eye do you use?"
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Buenos Aires, AR
          

I also shoot with my left eye, since I have poor vision with my right one. The only command I find uncomfortable to use is the AE-L/AF-L button, since it's too close to the viewfinder for left eye shooters. Anyway it can be used, it just doesn't feel very ergonomic

Cristian Feldman
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etherknot Registered since 14th Nov 2005Tue 20-Jun-06 03:16 PM
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Edmonton, CA
          

I've got you beat! I'm blind in my right eye so... Left eye shooting for me.

Visit my Nikonians gallery.

  

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f2 Registered since 20th Mar 2006Wed 21-Jun-06 05:44 PM
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#10. "RE: Which Eye do you use?"
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San Francisco, US
          

Just use your dominant eye, whichever it is.

In shooting, the shooter ether changed their stance to use their dominant eye or had to retrain themselves to use their non-dominant eye. The dominant eye is important enough that some shooters even changed from righthand to lefthand to accomodate their dominant eye. Switching eye is doable but takes a long time and is not easy. Just like learning to write with the other hand.

BTW if you shoot right eye, your nose will be putting face oil on the LCD screen, so the nose will get in the way in some way no mater what eye you use.


  

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hkeynes Registered since 06th Apr 2006Wed 21-Jun-06 08:06 PM
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#12. "RE: Which Eye do you use?"
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Guildford, GB
          

left eye all the way for me

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Cruiser2091 Registered since 05th Jan 2006Wed 21-Jun-06 08:32 PM
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#13. "Not my post, but thanks everyone"
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AU
          

for replying to my comments
Greg

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tigagreen Registered since 03rd Jun 2006Thu 22-Jun-06 10:51 AM
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#14. "RE: Not my post, but thanks everyone"
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Canton, US
          

Yes, thanks to all for your responses. I never realized I had a dominate eye. I've tried to shoot both film and pistols with both eyes open and find it very difficult... Does anyone know why you would be right or left eye dominate? I've taken a casual survey of friends and family, and suprised to find an equal mix.

  

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aerobat Registered since 05th May 2006Thu 22-Jun-06 02:39 PM
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#15. "RE: Not my post, but thanks everyone"
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Büren, CH
          

I'm always using my left eye and it works well with the D50. The only reason for me sometimes to try and shoot with the right eye is because I hate the greasily traces on the LCD from my nose I am quite fussy about these things...
Actually the test with the circular finger proved my left eye to be stronger.

Cheers Daniel

Daniel Diggelmann
A Swiss Nikonian

  

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NaturesPixel Registered since 10th Mar 2006Thu 22-Jun-06 02:42 PM
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#16. "RE: Which Eye do you use?"
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St Thomas, CA
          

Left eye for when shooting with camera normal position,, and right eye when shooting with camera vertical.. i don't know why this is.. i cant see thru the viewfinder if i don't do this...lol

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pizzajoe62 Registered since 20th May 2006Fri 23-Jun-06 03:22 PM
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#19. "RE: Which Eye do you use?"
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PH
          

be concerned when your nose causes you to miss shots that otherwise you should have not.
left or right, is all up to you.
i use both...whichever was comfortable at that moment.

joe

  

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merlej Registered since 26th May 2006Sat 24-Jun-06 06:17 PM
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#20. "RE: Which Eye do you use?"
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Freno, US
          

I use my middle eye.

  

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Joves Registered since 28th Jan 2006Sun 25-Jun-06 11:03 PM
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#21. "RE: Which Eye do you use?"
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Flagstaff, US
          

Right sometimes my left.

I shoot therefore, Iam.
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britkev Registered since 11th Sep 2004Wed 28-Jun-06 09:16 PM
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#22. "RE: Which Eye do you use?"
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Philadelphia, US
          

I had always used my right eye up until a couple of weekends ago when I blinked out my right contact lens during the Thuderbirds display at my local airshow, so I shot "left-eyed" for the remainder of the show... back to all right again now.

Visit my Nikonians gallery.

  

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antifuse Registered since 28th Jun 2006Thu 29-Jun-06 09:40 AM
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#23. "RE: Which Eye do you use?"
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IE
          

I'm a right eye shooter, although with the circle dominance test my left eye is dominant, and with the straight line dominance test my right eye is dominant. Weird!

  

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