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Which eye do you use to shoot?

Primarily left
25 (40.3%)
Primarily right
29 (46.8%)
Both (depending on the situation)
7 (11.3%)
Mostly LiveView
1 (1.6%)

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Which eye do you shoot with?
« on: March 13, 2013, 12:35:41 PM »
Just a random question I was thinking about: which eye do you raise the viewfinder to when you're shooting?

I instinctively raise the camera to my left eye and always have. However, I was debating if it'd be worth learning to use my right.

That is, with my right eye still on the viewfinder, in theory I could use my left to look past the camera and survey the scene-- then quickly switch to using my right when I needed to aim, compose, and shoot.

Obviously it's not too important in the grand scheme of things, but I was just curious where you guys stood.
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Which eye do you shoot with?
« on: March 13, 2013, 12:35:41 PM »

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Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2013, 12:46:38 PM »
Left eye. I have learned not to close the right eye. It does help. One can anticipate better.

Edit: I am right handed but I can do some things almost as well with both hands. And when I ride my bicycle, I get on from the right side while all my right handed friends get on from the left side :)
I guess I am just messes up ;)
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Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« Reply #2 on: March 13, 2013, 12:52:30 PM »
Left eye. And leave the right relaxed open.

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Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« Reply #3 on: March 13, 2013, 01:05:50 PM »
Right eye.

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Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« Reply #4 on: March 13, 2013, 03:06:46 PM »
Left eye.  Eye where glasses and my left I seas better.
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Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2013, 03:25:51 PM »
Right Eye ... when I read the title, I thought, what kinda random question is that .. but having read a couple of reasons, I think it is an interesting question ... it'd be nice to see what others have to say.
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Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2013, 03:29:08 PM »
Right eye. 

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Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
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Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2013, 03:35:23 PM »
Right eye most of the time. Left eye in some close ground macro situations.

When I am in vertical and a flash blocks my view I close the left eye.
( or when there are strong lights blinding the left one )
Most of the other time I leave it open. helps with models and to be aware off actions out of the lenses field of view.
It is a bit complicated at first too see different things with both eyes but it gets better with time. 
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Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2013, 03:36:47 PM »
BOTH EYES but LEFT EYE on the VF.   There must be a correlation with the handedness of the shooter.  I'm a LEFTY and shoot left-eyed. 

Curious what the relationship is with other shooters.
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Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2013, 03:42:31 PM »
Right

SLR camera designs are asymetric in good many cases though not all...and favor the right eye position.

Take your typical canon SLR and place it to your right eye and your left will still clear much of the body and will be able to provide normal eye view.

Place it on the left eye and parts of the body will obscure more of the right eye view.

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Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2013, 03:42:45 PM »
Left eye.  It's my dominant eye, meaning it's the primary eye that I use for vision.  This may come as a surprise to most readers, but nearly all of us have dominant eyes.  Normally, the dominant eye is on the same side of you as your dominant hand.  So, most right handed people are right eye dominant and vice versa.  I'm part of the 20% of the population that is cross-dominant, meaning that I'm right handed but my dominant eye is my left eye.   Curiously, my vision is weaker in my left eye than my right eye, although with glasses it corrects to 20/20.

Here's a simple test to determine which of your eyes is the dominant one.  Extend your dominant arm completely and raise the first finger.  Look at it with both eyes.  Close one eye while watching the finger.  Then, open that eye and close the other eye.  Does the finger appear to move when one of your eyes is closed and remain still when that eye is open and the other is closed?  When the finger doesn't appear to move you're looking at it with your dominant eye. 

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Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2013, 03:45:33 PM »
I will shoot with both eyes, but mostly with the left.

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Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2013, 03:49:01 PM »
Right handed - left eye dominant. Tried to make myself shoot right-eyed but it just wasn't as comfortable (or natural) as using my left eye. Guess I'm one of the 20%'ers....

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Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« Reply #13 on: March 13, 2013, 03:52:54 PM »
My Good one !! ;D

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Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« Reply #14 on: March 13, 2013, 03:53:47 PM »
Right (dominant eye).  Don't wear glasses (always had 20/20), and I close my left eye when looking through the VF.  My dad has always shot with his left eye, which I always thought was weird, but it could be just his dominant eye.  The ergonomics are better for using right eye on SLRs (and even more so on rangefinder cameras), but I guess one will typically use their eye with better vision.
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Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« Reply #14 on: March 13, 2013, 03:53:47 PM »