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    Default Spectacles a hindrance for dslr View finder?

    hi, I hope this question can address the following issues:

    1. When using the view finder, must the wearer's spectacles touch the viewfinder? or a small space is sufficient and does not compromise on the framing of the subject?
    2. Which dslr's camera model optimises the use of viewfinder with spectacles?
    3. Will the viewfinder scratch the wearer's spectacles if there is contact?
    4. Is it better to use the viewfinder than the LCD screen?
    5. Live View or non-lifeview lcd mode is better?

    Thanks in advance to your advice and views.
    Last edited by mindfulness; 26th April 2008 at 01:58 PM.

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    Default Re: Spectacles a hindrance for dslr View finder?

    Quote Originally Posted by mindfulness View Post
    hi, I hope this question can address the following issues:

    1. When using the view finder, must the wearer's spectacles touch the viewfinder? or a small space is sufficient and does not compromise on the framing of the subject?
    2. Which dslr's camera model optimises the use of viewfinder with spectacles?
    3. Will the viewfinder scratch the wearer's spectacles if there is contact?
    4. Is it better to use the viewfinder than the LCD screen?
    5. Live View or non-lifeview lcd mode is better?

    Thanks in advance to your advice and views.

    very interesting questions indeed ! lolx

    alright let me share my experience here.

    1) really depends. I don't really pressed mu spec or face to the camera but some time I do. The time when I don't was when I was all sweaty when sweat drips from my forehead and it would get the view pinder and LCD display ALL wet. When I dont' press my face to the camera, what I did was to tilt my eyeballs around the view finder frame and look at the corners to ensure that framing is what I wanted.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by fabianaino View Post
    very interesting questions indeed ! lolx

    alright let me share my experience here.

    1) really depends. I don't really pressed mu spec or face to the camera but some time I do. The time when I don't was when I was all sweaty when sweat drips from my forehead and it would get the view pinder and LCD display ALL wet. When I dont' press my face to the camera, what I did was to tilt my eyeballs around the view finder frame and look at the corners to ensure that framing is what I wanted.....
    glad you got a good sense of humour ... for speckies like us, our natural view fiinder (our eyes!) coupled with the camera's viewfinder made the subject image twice removed from reality

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    Default Re: Spectacles a hindrance for dslr View finder?

    Quote Originally Posted by mindfulness View Post
    hi, I hope this question can address the following issues:

    1. When using the view finder, must the wearer's spectacles touch the viewfinder? or a small
    space is sufficient and does not compromise on the framing of the subject?
    2. Which dslr's camera model optimises the use of viewfinder with spectacles?
    3. Will the viewfinder scratch the wearer's spectacles if there is contact?
    4. Is it better to use the viewfinder than the LCD screen?
    5. Live View or non-lifeview lcd mode is better?

    Thanks in advance to your advice and views.
    1) My specs touch the eyepiece, not the viewfinder itself. Does not compromise framing or composition.

    2) I think it's more of the eyecup/piece

    3) No. Not so easily, since there is your eyecup/piece to protect.

    4) User preference. Not a choice if DSLR has no Live View. But definitely viewfinder for me.

    5) Live View I feel, is to be used for more specific purpose, such as on tripod, macro, or low angle, difficult angle shots. I cannot totally replace the viewfinder.

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    I'm not too sure about the terms, but I actually remove the rubber eye cup when i use the camera. Much more comfortable since the rubber eye cup has never really been effective in cushioning that bone above my eyeballs!

    Quote Originally Posted by dorts View Post
    1) My specs touch the eyepiece, not the viewfinder itself. Does not compromise framing or composition.

    2) I think it's more of the eyecup/piece

    3) No. Not so easily, since there is your eyecup/piece to protect.

    4) User preference. Not a choice if DSLR has no Live View. But definitely viewfinder for me.

    5) Live View I feel, is to be used for more specific purpose, such as on tripod, macro, or low angle, difficult angle shots. I cannot totally replace the viewfinder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by weishengg View Post
    I'm not too sure about the terms, but I actually remove the rubber eye cup when i use the camera. Much more comfortable since the rubber eye cup has never really been effective in cushioning that bone above my eyeballs!
    Haha. User preference. But the eye cup does help you block stray light from entering through the sides into the viewfinder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mindfulness View Post
    .......
    3. Will the viewfinder scratch the wearer's spectacles if there is contact?
    ......
    This is one of the reasons until now I am still using glass lens spatacle.

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    1. When using the view finder, must the wearer's spectacles touch the viewfinder? or a small space is sufficient and does not compromise on the framing of the subject?

    yes they should touch the viewfinder, your camera is plastic, sweat is gross but it won't damage anything. This of course depends on your eye, specs and level of comfort. There are no rules, if its comfortable and you can see the viewfinder comfortably and it does not affect your picture taking then do it. you have to try.

    2. Which dslr's camera model optimises the use of viewfinder with spectacles?
    any i guess the new rubber eyecups are comfortable, i've never had a problem with the nikon viewfinders, canon as far as I remember is ok too.

    3. Will the viewfinder scratch the wearer's spectacles if there is contact?
    not if there's a rubber eyecup/piece. but there might be stains from the if your sweating, but this can be wiped off easily.

    4. Is it better to use the viewfinder than the LCD screen?
    viewfinder is wayyy faster. to compose-focus shoot, no mirror lag.

    5. Live View or non-lifeview lcd mode is better?
    liveview sucks battery and is slow, use only when needed.

    honestly if you think your specs are a hinderance then use contact lenses, its a personal thing I use both specs mostly cos contact lenses dry my eyes quicky, however if i know i'm doing work in low-light or where do alot of manual focusing then i'll rather wear contacts.
    point is, try it and then you'll know.
    hope that helps!

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    Quote Originally Posted by l-inc View Post
    honestly if you think your specs are a hinderance then use contact lenses, its a personal thing I use both specs mostly cos contact lenses dry my eyes quicky, however if i know i'm doing work in low-light or where do alot of manual focusing then i'll rather wear contacts.
    point is, try it and then you'll know.
    hope that helps!
    There are pros and cons in using contact lenses. Some cannot wear them due to reasons like comfort level (specs do not touch the eyes), risk of infections, more costly long run, medical reasons eg. acute astigmatism cannot wear contact lenses. So shall we focus my thread on those wearing spectacles? Thanks for the views (no pun intended).

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    an important thing to note is the eyepoint of the viewfinder... this specifies how far away from the viewfinder your eye can be while still being able to see the whole image comfortably... those cameras with high eyepoint would allow people with spectacles to comfortably see the whole image in the viewfinder without having to press hard against the viewfinder...

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    Default Re: Spectacles a hindrance for dslr View finder?

    Quote Originally Posted by mindfulness View Post
    hi, I hope this question can address the following issues:

    1. When using the view finder, must the wearer's spectacles touch the viewfinder? or a small space is sufficient and does not compromise on the framing of the subject?
    2. Which dslr's camera model optimises the use of viewfinder with spectacles?
    3. Will the viewfinder scratch the wearer's spectacles if there is contact?
    4. Is it better to use the viewfinder than the LCD screen?
    5. Live View or non-lifeview lcd mode is better?

    Thanks in advance to your advice and views.
    1) not really, but you'll see that when you want to hold the camera steady you'd usually tend to push the camera against your glasses.

    2) sorry, not so rich.

    3) yes, you can have a look at mine if you want, the coating on the right lens has come out due to nasty handholding habits. but who cares, spectacles cost $200 or so for basic models, and your lenses will not cost too much to replace either after prolonged use. and you will get used to the scratches.

    4) yes, once you use it you'll know what you want.. a laggy lcd that is hard to see under bright light.. or a viewfinder that gives instant feedback.

    5) ? there is non-live view lcd mode? cool. i've never heard of it

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    Default Re: Spectacles a hindrance for dslr View finder?

    Quote Originally Posted by mindfulness View Post
    2. Which dslr's camera model optimises the use of viewfinder with spectacles?
    Honestly i find this question very weird. I can't figure out what it means by 'optimises the use of viewfinder with spectacles'...
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    Default Re: Spectacles a hindrance for dslr View finder?

    Quote Originally Posted by wrx_sti_22b View Post
    Honestly i find this question very weird. I can't figure out what it means by 'optimises the use of viewfinder with spectacles'...
    Agree Instead of taking pictures and having a few tissues at hand some people prefer to make rocket science out of small things. A cam is made for using so it has to cope with sweat and dust and other stuffs. The same goes for spectacles.
    My spectacles get wet and greasy from being pressed against eyebrows by eyepiece ... but who cares? Finally I could go for Lasik to finish the topic but I have learned to appreciate having a piece of glass in front of my eyes.

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    NO issues with me...

    only problem is when it's SUPER hot and humid... that's when my glasses will fog up with the DSLR too close to me
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    Default Re: Spectacles a hindrance for dslr View finder?

    Quote Originally Posted by mindfulness View Post
    hi, I hope this question can address the following issues:

    1. When using the view finder, must the wearer's spectacles touch the viewfinder? or a small space is sufficient and does not compromise on the framing of the subject?
    2. Which dslr's camera model optimises the use of viewfinder with spectacles?
    3. Will the viewfinder scratch the wearer's spectacles if there is contact?
    4. Is it better to use the viewfinder than the LCD screen?
    5. Live View or non-lifeview lcd mode is better?

    Thanks in advance to your advice and views.
    get this camera and this viewfinder. you can even shoot it with wearing helmet or goggles.
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    off track a bit, anyone thought of going for Lasik?

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    The only time my specs gets in the way is when I am manually focusing on the subject... and sometimes, my specs fog up

    Also... I really dun like LV
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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    get this camera and this viewfinder. you can even shoot it with wearing helmet or goggles.
    haha not practical as it is way too expensive, for nikon film F5 and too bulky ... probably will get panda eyes after using it

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    I can see through the viewfinder if I adjust the diopter all the way to the max. setting. If my eyesight gets any worse, I'll have to use another diopter or shoot with spectacles.
    When I shoot with spectacles on, sometimes my facial oils smear on the glasses and makes it blur.

    When I first got my dslr, I didn't need to adjust the diopter, now it's getting bad
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    Default Re: Spectacles a hindrance for dslr View finder?

    Actually the spectacles never did hinder me in any way.
    Maybe one day i shld switch to contact lenses and see. Maybe not

    Live view cannot comment cause my D80 no such luxury

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