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Left or right eye?

24 Jul 2005 9:04AM
Any? You mean you've got more than two?


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patters Plus
13 1.8k 1 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2005 9:42AM
and that opens ...
four actually, wanna help me count?
Spok has 3 ears, any takers?
adamburton Plus
14 627 11 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2005 9:46AM
I always have used my right eye. I thought I was the only person to do this as I know all the mags etc recommend the left. So Im glad Im not alone!

akh Plus
13 1.2k 5 United Kingdom
24 Jul 2005 9:56AM
You are not alone I have always used my right eye. I am actually slightly longer sighted in my left eye than the right - don't know if that would make a difference - maybe for telephoto lensesSmile
24 Jul 2005 10:00AM

Quote:You are not alone I have always used my right eye.

Me too, it always just "felt right" - as opposed to "felt left" Wink

Just tried both eyes and I can see an advantage to using my left - in that I wouldn't need to strain to keep the unused eye closed (unless I want to see the periperal action, that is) as the camera obscures the view through the right. Didn't feel particularly comfortable though.

I guess I'll stick to being a right one Wink
elikag Plus
13 749
24 Jul 2005 4:39PM
I always used the left eye on my Zenit. It's only when I moved to P&S I realized it - my right thumb was literally in my right eye. Although, this way the camera is more stabilized.

Now days, if I shoot with a SLR, I try to remember to use the right eye - but I usually forget. Smile

Ilia Kagan.
HarvM Plus
12 2
24 Jul 2005 7:23PM
Right handed, Left eyed. In fact my right eye only focuses when I close my left eye. That is, I cannot focus both eyes at the same time, so I do not see depth in the usual sense -- I guess I live in a flat world. It has always been that way.
Anyway, when I was being taught to shoot the 30 cal. Springfield rifle in Army basic training during WWII, the Serg. noticed I was leaning over to sight the rifle while holding it right handed. (As a boy I had always shot my BB and 22 that way.) He suggested I join the left handed group, which I did. I then learned to shoot the thing left handed, including reaching over with my left hand to pull back the bolt. Surprisingly, I caught on pretty quickly. In fact, I qualified Expert on it as well as the other four weapons I fired, all shot as a left hander.
So, I suggest that "Big Bri", who has the same Right/Left situation as I, might want to consider switching to holding the bow or pistol in his left hand if he is still active with either of these two. He may be surprised how easily the transition could be. Sorry, I didn't mean to write so long. Harv
adamburton Plus
14 627 11 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2005 12:01AM
Hang on, Ive been getting myself all muddled. Its my left eye I always use, not my right. Just couldnt feel comfortable with the right.

25 Jul 2005 12:39AM
Now I know why we don't see any photo's of the Battle of Trafalgar,---------------------------------------------

Nelson was using the wrong eye.
paulcr Plus
13 1.5k 9 Ireland
25 Jul 2005 2:27AM
Hadn't quite expected such a huge response to this. Looks like the lefties are emerging now. It was all right eyed at first. Good point by Jono about posing subjects facing left if your a leftie. I think I would have to agree with that one. Also I think its true that, like most mass produced objects, camera shutter buttons are designed for right handed/eyed people. Particularly the older cameras with winders. Being a leftie I have had to become slightly ambedextruos in order to use a whole range of utensils, tools and electronics. Good response guys and loads of interesting sub topics raised. PAul
helena Plus
14 134 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2005 3:36AM
Left eye, left handed, green eyes, red hair, maybe I'm a mutant! Tara x
25 Jul 2005 12:43PM
"Also I think its true that, like most mass produced objects, camera shutter buttons are designed for right handed/eyed people."

We had a chap in our platoon who was left handed with a rifle, it was bl***y impossible to teach him to use one. The only thing he would have been safe using was a 2" mortar but we didn't have one.
ksh Plus
13 467
25 Jul 2005 1:24PM

Quote:We had a chap in our platoon who was left handed with a rifle, it was bl***y impossible to teach him to use one

I can understand it being hard to teach him but I always thought guns were designed for both handed people, ie it is shaped the same on both sides
might make the bullet filling hrder tho?
c_evans99 Plus
14 7.0k 1 Wales
25 Jul 2005 1:30PM
Nope, guns are all for righties, bolts, safeties etc all in the 'right' place for the right hand - I shoot left handed cos of my crap right eye and there's a definite knack to it
KathyW Plus
14 1.8k 12 Norfolk Island
25 Jul 2005 1:38PM
I use my left eye because I can't see bu**er all out of the right one. I'm right handed (mostly) so I find the shutter button etc on the camera convenient.
Shooting with a gun is awkward if you have to use your left eye though, although my Dad always used a shotgun left-handed and didn't miss much. I'm pretty useless at darts too...

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