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    Has anyone noticed a difference in their shooting while wearing either glasses or contacts? I just got my new glasses in, but I think I should probably keep a stock of contacts handy just for days I need to go shooting. Does anyone have any input?
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    Hah, it's a good question that doesn't get brought up often.

    I usually shoot with contacts, because i like to get my eye right up in the viewfinder. I've had bruises more than once from having the camera stuck to my face and it getting bumped in a crowd or what have you.

    But shooting with glasses is not a problem, you may find that the image in the viewfinder is not quite as crisp. This is what the diopter adjustment is for. Iry playing with it a bit before you decide to go shooting only with contacts.
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    • #3
      Age is a consideration as well. If you haven't reached your mid 40s yet, then the scourge of Presbyopia (loss of close focus ability) will not be a factor. I much prefer looking through the viewfinder with contacts. However, it is then quite inconvenient to have to hold the camera at arms length to view the controls and LCD. So I shoot with my glasses and I can peer over them if I need to view the LCD up close.

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      • #4
        I tried contacts and unfortunately have problems with really dry eyes, so I can't wear them. I'm so used to shooting with my glasses, doesn't bother me at all.
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        • #5
          Sounds like either will work, though I do like smushing my face up against the camera to look through the viewfinder. I suppose I will have to try both ways and see what works I think I can make some contacts last if I only use them for shooting (I have a 6 month supply left, but I really enjoy the way I look in my new specs!
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          • #6
            I'm always shooting with glasses. I did get fatty stains on my glasses, so I removed the soft eyepiece from the ocular.
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            • #7
              I have worn glasses all my life, and have no problems.Just make sure the "diopter" adjustment is O.K. for whatever you are wearing.
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              • #8
                I use both. I honestly don't have a preference between the 2.
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                • #9
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                  • #10
                    My prescription isnt enough that I need to worry about it: it fits within the diopter adjustment range, so I just shoot glasses off with the diopter adjusted.
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                    • #11
                      I have only glasses (no contacts), and they do bother me sometimes. However, since I do most of my work while bushwacking among some really pokey trees, they do have a huge advantage in terms of eye protection.
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                      • #12
                        I guess I am the only one with problems when using glasses. I often am frustrated because if you want to get down low, in order to see through the viewfinder without looking over the top of my glasses, I have to lay down on my stomach. That is not always possible.

                        Glasses are a REAL PAIN! Unfortunately, I have never been able to wear contacts. My eyes just don't get along with them.
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                        • #13
                          I would like to go for glasses, i dont know but i am scared from contacts.
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                          • #14
                            had glasses since i was 5 - i'm now 30-something, tried contacts while i was playing in my band BUT i have "a greasy tear film" so i can't wear them, my eyes dry out in about 5 mins with contacts... so i'm stuck with glasses... but i manage :-)
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Sterling View Post
                              Age is a consideration as well. If you haven't reached your mid 40s yet, then the scourge of Presbyopia (loss of close focus ability) will not be a factor. I much prefer looking through the viewfinder with contacts. However, it is then quite inconvenient to have to hold the camera at arms length to view the controls and LCD. So I shoot with my glasses and I can peer over them if I need to view the LCD up close.
                              I am an ABO optician actually....just so you know they do make bi-focal and even multi-focal contacts! I would suggest using your contacts for shooting as i think you will find much more comfort for it....plus less likly to break them lol......
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