Left or Right Eye Shooter?

2 years 6 days ago #632351 by Nikon Shooter
This week, in a master class on wildlife, a discussion popped-up.

Some of my students were very at ease with some instructions and,
for sure, others were not. I said nothing and let them figure out why.

Pretty soon, right eye shooters recognised their common difficulties.
Some had to learn about dominant eye, body posture and the right
way to set up their lens on their gimbals — important when using a
zoom lens.

I have two sons, a left eye (like me) and a right eye shooter,
  • What are you?
  • On which side of the lens is your gimbal?
  • How do you hold your combo when shooting?
  • Do you use VR?

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2 years 6 days ago #632357 by Ottis
I'm a right eye shooter, and I will use VR if out and about with out my tripod.  I don't use a gimbal.  

What are you speaking about "combo"?  


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2 years 6 days ago #632358 by Nikon Shooter

Ottis wrote: What are you speaking about "combo"?  


Camera / lens combo! :)

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2 years 6 days ago - 2 years 6 days ago #632359 by GaryA
1) I use both eyes and often will keep them both open, all depending on the situation.  If I'm in a situation where there is a lot of action, say a riot or a football game, I will switch eyes depending on the direction of the action.  Say a football game, and the offense is moving from right to left, I'll shoot with my right eye and keep my left eye open watching for a linebacker or DB heading my way. When the offense is moving from left to right I'll switch eyes. I will mentally switch dominate eye back and forth from focusing on the job, then back to the other eye to make sure my destruction isn't emanate or immediate;

2) I've never used a gimbal;

3) See #2; and

4) I use IS. ;)

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2 years 6 days ago - 2 years 6 days ago #632365 by Ozzie_Traveller
G'day NS

Yes mate - this is a good fun exercise in a workshop :)
I have a dozen toilet-paper inner tubes that I hand out with no instructions and wait to see who picks up and looks thru them ... and it's something to see the "odd-one-out" who picks up with right hand but uses left eye". Most of us a same-hand & same-eye dominant

This has been known about in the military for 'yonks years' - you can't have a rifleman holding it right handed but using left eye to sight down the barrel ... it ain't gunna work real well

Camera-wise for me ... it's right hand-right eye, which is lucky for me as I only have 25% vision in the left eye. Any future right-eye issues for me means the loss of just about everything I enjoy

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2 years 4 days ago #632605 by Jeanne Merlo
I'm a right eye shooter and will use VR when it's needed.   I don't have a gimbal so can't comment on that.  I've tried shooting from my left eye before and it just feels weird.  


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2 years 4 days ago #632607 by Shadowfixer1
Right eye shooter but left eye dominant. I really don't see how it matters since looking throught the viewfinder is mono vision anyway.

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2 years 2 days ago #632839 by Robert Chen
Right eye shooter, and regarding VR, when needed as well.

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2 years 2 days ago #632883 by Nikon Shooter

Shadowfixer1 wrote: Right eye shooter but left eye dominant. I really don't see how it matters since looking throught the viewfinder is mono vision anyway.


It is, Randy, in mono vision that the dominance is better
revealed, observed.

I am a right hander and that's good for handling the gear
which is designed for right hander. I am also a left eye do-
minant and that explains the easier, more comfortable po-
sition at the long lens.



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1 year 11 months ago #634014 by Mason Latka
Right eye, VR when it's needed and I actually remember to turn it on.  I'll hold my camera with right hand on grip and left slightly under camera body and on lens adjustment ring.  I think that is what you were asking right?  


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1 year 11 months ago #634015 by Mason Latka

Nikon Shooter wrote:

Shadowfixer1 wrote: Right eye shooter but left eye dominant. I really don't see how it matters since looking throught the viewfinder is mono vision anyway.


It is, Randy, in mono vision that the dominance is better
revealed, observed.

I am a right hander and that's good for handling the gear
which is designed for right hander. I am also a left eye do-
minant and that explains the easier, more comfortable po-
sition at the long lens.



That is a beast of a lens there?  300 or 400?


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1 year 11 months ago #634174 by Joe Peterson
LOL I'm actually both.  Now granted there is a slight preference with my right eye.  I don't understand the connection with using or not using VR or IS to this question?  


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1 year 11 months ago #634438 by Nikon Shooter

Mason Latka wrote: That is a beast of a lens there?  300 or 400?


… a 600mm ƒ4!

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