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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
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Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« Reply #30 on: March 13, 2013, 05:43:57 PM »
Right handed, right eye is strongly dominant, and I look through the VF with my 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 #31 on: March 13, 2013, 05:54:53 PM »
I'm practically blind in my right eye, so need to use my left eye which makes using the buttons, wheels and such on the back of the camera a pain and my nose is always banged up against the back of the camera - left dominant camera would be a godsend for me ! 

Although, I am right handed !
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Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« Reply #32 on: March 13, 2013, 05:56:55 PM »
Right eye. For some reason it just feels like the camera fits more snugly up against my eye socket, though that may have something to do with my grip, or that I'm right handed.

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Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« Reply #33 on: March 13, 2013, 06:00:04 PM »
Right-handed

Left-brained

Right-eye'd

No glasses/contacts.

Shooting with my left eye feels gross!

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Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« Reply #34 on: March 13, 2013, 06:11:13 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.
Usually right eye, it feels more natural plus the camera bodies were designed to fit that better anyway. Also you can sometimes keep the left eye open and get a clear view to peep. Occasionally when you need to peep with a second eye and it needs to be to the other side I will left eye shoot though.

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Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« Reply #35 on: March 13, 2013, 06:25:11 PM »
Left eye. Left handed. I keep my right eye open at all times too.

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Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« Reply #36 on: March 13, 2013, 06:29:31 PM »
I'm right handed, but have always used my left eye for looking through the VF instinctively... Interesting topic!
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Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« Reply #37 on: March 13, 2013, 06:51:38 PM »
Left eye.  My dominant eye.
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Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« Reply #38 on: March 13, 2013, 08:05:45 PM »
I'm left handed and left eyed.
Whenever I take pictures, I leave greasy smears on the LCD (especially on warm days) and my nose is pressed hard against the rear of the camera.

Today's DSLR's are all designed for right-eyed people without a second thought for the large percentage of leftys.

When I was a kid, back in the early '60's, I was given an Exacta SLR (film), and this was the only SLR (that I can think of) that was actually designed for left-eyed users.
So much so, that even the shutter button was on the left.

Someone needs to think about making handed versions of today's DSLR's.
How hard would it be to make a left handed version of a 5D3?

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Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« Reply #39 on: March 13, 2013, 08:28:47 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.
Ditto for me on cross dominance and the discussion on dominant eyes.  My left eye is more in focus and dominant over my right eye but I am right handed.  I use my left eye 95% of the time for my photography and close the right eye when I really need to concentrate.

HOWEVER - There are more ways to check eye dominance and I have found some ways can give conflicting results.  The way most firearms instructors test eye dominance is to focus on a distant point - make a triangle hole between both hands held at arms' length together with thumbs out at 90 degrees (make an "L" with both hands) and thumbs crossed.  Block out everything except the distant point in the hole.  Slowly move your hands toward your face and the eye the hole ends up at is your dominant eye.  I have personally found the vertical finger method or the "A-OK" thumb/finger circle method results change depending on which hand you use.

I also use my left shoulder to steady the camera on in low light and I tend to hold my breath as a hold over habit from firearms shooting practice.
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Yes, but what would  surapon  say ??  :D

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Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« Reply #40 on: March 13, 2013, 08:46:16 PM »
Right handed, shoot right eye most of the time, but switch hit to the left eye if my right eye contact lens is acting up, or when shooting sports with action coming from the right / natural body position favors left eye (leave both eyes open very often - habit from shooting pistols in competition).  Switch hitting doesn't really bother me....
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Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« Reply #41 on: March 13, 2013, 09:05:12 PM »
Right handed but left eye dominant. Does that make me a freak?

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Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« Reply #42 on: March 13, 2013, 09:26:58 PM »
Right eye ... With the left open usually surveying the scene
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Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« Reply #43 on: March 13, 2013, 10:04:49 PM »
Left eye, I'm right handed though. I live in a tropical country currently and the LCD ends up messy from my oversized nose. I have found that I close my right eye while framing, but just as I push the button I often open my right eye. Not sure why.

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Re: Which eye do you shoot with?
« Reply #44 on: March 13, 2013, 10:28:14 PM »
Right eye.

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