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Wearing glasses and taking photos

24 Mar 2014 10:43AM
I've recently had my eyes retested and had confirmation that my eyesight is still terrible. They have suggested also varifocals. I'm curious as to what other peoples experiences are when using electronic viewfinders and varifocals. If I was going for single distance would I be right to assume that it would be the distance lens I should use or is it reading?

It is all very confusing and my eyes are bad enough that the corrective dial on the side of the viewfinder is likely to be useless.

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24 Mar 2014 11:10AM
I need both distance and reading glasses. I use the distance ones when looking through the evf on my omd but I need the readers when looking at the rear screen.
ade_mcfade 14 15.2k 216 England
24 Mar 2014 11:14AM
hmm.... can you use live-view?

all the systems are different - but with a 5D2 you just move the box over the bit you want to focus on and hit the AF button... which takes the pressure off your eyes doing the focussing...
24 Mar 2014 11:23AM
Varifocal is the way to go. You get used to them very quickly. You can read, watch tv, see far away and even take photo using the eyepiece of your dslr with only one pair of glasses.

You just need to adjust the eyepiece to your vision with your glasses on.
PhilT2 Plus
8 460 29 England
24 Mar 2014 11:30AM
You would need distance lens for looking through the viewfinder and reading for using the back screen.
Varifocals can be tricky to get used to, but I have found that provided the lenses are of a reasonable size (ie not slim lens designer types) they are fine after you feel comfortable with them (in a shorter time than you would think). I use varifocals and distance lens for photography and to be honest have no problem looking through the viewfinder with either. All you need to remember is to look through the upper part of the lens which is for distance.
I have excellent close reading vision so to check the rear screen is no problem either way.... if I'm wearing distance specs I do have to move them out of the way.....but if you need readers to see the screen then varifocals are probably the best bet.
My only advice is to pay a little extra for the thinner lenses as the transition between long to close is much less obvious and you do not get any blurry areas which can happen with the thicker lens.
The corrective dial can be useful, but you have to remove your glasses to use it.......so you are in the same boat.
24 Mar 2014 12:10PM
truly i have used varifocals for ages now and have never had any trouble ! it's like anything if you think about what you have to do it becomes difficult ! varifocals is the way forward
24 Mar 2014 12:15PM
Thanks for all the comments. I have ordered some varifocals now and some distance (with clip on sunnies as I'm an optimist about the summer).

It looks like I should be fine with those varifocals and can use the distance as backups

Panic over Smile
Ted447 Plus
5 213 1 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2014 1:28PM
I've used varivocals for years no problems. Ted.
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2014 1:53PM
Once you get used to them they are brilliant - I wear mine all the time when out with my camera, with no problem at all.
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2014 2:03PM
I've used varifocals for a very long time and I look through the viewfinder using the distant part of the lenses.

I've never found it to be a problem.


ps, I use a DSLR and a micro 4/3rds electronic viewfinder without any problems.
Dave_Canon 11 1.4k United Kingdom
24 Mar 2014 3:19PM
Some of the advice here is wrong. What you see in the viewfinder is a virtual image i.e. you are not seeing the objects at their actual distance. In most cases the virtual objects you see in the viewfinder will be around 10 inches away which is often very comfortable for most people.

I wear varifocal lenses and have for some years and they are ideal once you get used to them; it may take a few months. I will often leave them on when using my DSLR but sometimes take them off. In most cases, I use auto-focus so I only need to compose the shot rather than critically focus. When I do want to critically focus, I will often use live view so I can zoom in and focus manually.

TanyaH Plus
15 1.3k 394 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2014 4:43PM
I've often wondered about this - I now need 'reading' glasses for reading and close stuff, although my long sight is still excellent. So composing through the viewfinder isn't an issue, but using Live View (and focusing manually) is a bit of a struggle sometimes and I need to use the reading glasses to do it. I've always focused manually when using Live View, trying to do it 'properly' and to be honest I (dumbly) hadn't realised that I could also use auto focus (thanks ade_mcfade) - I probably should re-read that bit of the manual again!

I've tried adjusting the dioptre scroll wheel, as it says to adjust it till the focusing screen "appears sharp" ... but I always worry that I'm not doing it right, or that rubbish close-focus eyesight is somehow precluding me getting sharp images when trying to focus manually. I know it's not my lenses, it's definitely 'user error' ... and I always feel that my focusing just isn't quite good enough, even though I try to do it all right at the time of taking the image! Sad

LouiseTopp 7 627 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2014 4:48PM
This'll sound wierd but I find my left eye better than my right one, I wear long distance glasses, and reading one's for books and the typing.
min 7 522 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2014 7:35PM
I have worn varifocals for a couple of years now, the problem I have found is for some reason I would end up looking over the top of the glasses when looking through the viewfinder, maybe because my glasses are quite narrow, so I'm now trying contacts my right eye is a distance lens and my left is a reader, I'm on my 3rd week now I'm told it may take a bit of time to get used to it. I know a few people that have chosen to do this and it works for them. Grin
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
24 Mar 2014 9:28PM
Varifocals wil be fine. I've worn them for years.
Loking through a viewfinder, EVF or otherwise will be no different to looking across the road.
Once you've worn them for a very short time, you won't realise they're there.

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