- Photographers who wear glasses
Do you shoot with or without your specs. Having trouble using the eyepiece and my pics are a bit hit and miss as to focus. My specs keep hitting the eyepiece so i take them off 🙁 then adjust the diopter but pics still hit and miss. I have a flip screen, but i figure thats cheeting 😳
Canon 600DPosted 4 years agoMartynSSubscriber
Not a stills photographer but I struggle with our (video) cameras and glasses. If I’m out on the road using a camera with a viewfinder I wear contact lenses. It’s really tricky in glasses in bad weather, is the rain on the glasses, viewfinder or camera lens
Do you have the option of adding some peaking? Or is that the focus assist that’s mentioned above?Posted 4 years agogoldfish24Member
It’s not your eyes.
Manually focusing on a modern dslr is virtually impossible for critical focus these days. For two reasons;
The viewfinder on Mid range models is too small.
It doesn’t have a heavily ground glass viewfinder, or any other focus aids.
On older (film) slrs you were expected to focus manually, so the viewfinder glass was ground such that it gave strong contrast of in focus areas, making it relatively easy to see if it’s in focus. You’d also often get a half moon indicator in the centre or something like that (can’t remember the name) that would make it easy to eye focus.Posted 4 years ago
If you must focus manually I think you can get replacement viewfinder ground glass for your model, but really id recommend learning how to use the autofocus system well.trailofdestructionMember
Try one of these
I have a 7D and shoot with glasses on, and don’t have a problem, but everyone is different.Posted 4 years agogoldfish24Member
I’ll add that with my 20-20 vision I can focus just fine manually on my old film slrs but don’t stand a chance on my 40d (which has a bigger viewfinder than the 600d). Only time I manually focus on my dslr is on a tripod, using the live view on the screen and zoomed in 20x. And even then, only when using an old manual lense as the consumer grade modern lenses just wobble in and out of focus.Posted 4 years agoMalvern RiderMember
Hi are you sure you performed the dioptric adjustments correctly? If you are still some way off then maybe look at using a dioptric adjustment lens?
Flip-screen viewfinder is ‘cheating’? There is no ‘cheating’ in making photographs. As far as I see it there is only deception if describing or presenting the result as something other than it is. As for making the photograph why not use all tools available? If it works, it works!Posted 4 years agoSuperficialMember
I find I can focus pretty reliably using MF if I need to on my 30D. 90% of the time I’m using the red guides to check focus though. I’m not sure how other cameras work, but that seems to be the best way on the Canons that I’ve used.
I wear glasses (and keep them on) but it’s not a very strong prescription. I had a play around with changing the dioptre and in theory you can adjust for your prescription, but 1) it didn’t seem that accurate and 2) it was annoying when I was wearing contacts or glasses because everything is then always out of focus.
You can buy split prism viewfinders for SLRs, but they don’t do anything that the red flashing AF dots aren’t doing.Posted 4 years ago
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