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    Must give you a headache if you're viewfinder has a very small magnification?

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    David, keeping both eyes open is something I couldn’t do when focusing, as I only use my right eye. In fact I can only close my left eye and keep the right open but not vice versa. I know you mention focusing and you have to look through the viewfinder to do that, but if you wanted to keep both eyes open at the taking stage you may find a Voigtlander Kontour finder useful.

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    Focusing with two eyes open makes sense with pistol shooting. It help one maintain situational awareness. Rifles with a scope could get debatable whether it is a benefit or not. With cameras I focus with one eye -- dominant eye -- no matter the type of camera. Right eye for SLRs; right eye for waist level screens on MF cameras; right eye for ground glass on view cameras. In the end... interesting discussion (as always, David) but whatever works best is what works best.

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    Binocular vision.

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    I keep my left eye open, right eye closed. I do have many negatives where you'd swear I had both eyes closed, though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by eddie View Post
    I keep my left eye open, right eye closed. I do have many negatives where you'd swear I had both eyes closed, though...
    Amen to that.
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    Less fatigue and a sense of 3D
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    I don't have the object here, but when going through a collection of donated camera equipment at the Photographic Historical Society, I came across a viewfinder for some camera (German?) that was meant to "project" a frame on your vision. It was meant to be used when keeping both eyes open. The rest of the guys in the group thought it was pretty neat. It didn't work for me because I do not really have binocular vision, I'm wall-eyed, and while each eye works pretty well, they don't work together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whiteymorange View Post
    I don't have the object here, but when going through a collection of donated camera equipment at the Photographic Historical Society, I came across a viewfinder for some camera (German?) that was meant to "project" a frame on your vision. It was meant to be used when keeping both eyes open. The rest of the guys in the group thought it was pretty neat. It didn't work for me because I do not really have binocular vision, I'm wall-eyed, and while each eye works pretty well, they don't work together.
    That's the Voigtlander Kontur finder. I had one with my Voigtlander Vitessa-L, and I really liked it. You can see what's happening around the edges of the frame and adjust your composition accordingly. It's excellent for low light shooting, because you really have no light absorption from any kind of viewfinder system, but it presumes you have some other way of focusing.

    It came in 35mm/6x9cm format and 6x6cm and could be used with the normal focal length on each respective format.
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    Much easier if the focal length of the lens matches your vision exactly.

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