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?
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).
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
>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.
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.
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
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.
>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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.