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Do you see what I see?

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Many of us wear eyeglasses. I wear them for long distance viewing, so, for example, when I'm driving. And usually you think, I probably should wear them when I shoot. And a lot of people wear glasses while they shoot, and that's fine. But I tend to prefer not to. Because, you know, holding the, the camera up to my face, it just keeps my eye a little bit farther away from the viewfinder. It's a little bit harder to see everything inside of it. So I prefer to shoot, without my glasses. Now the problem with that, though, is that now, everything through the lens is just a little bit out of focus. So I need to correct for that. Well, fortunately, all DSLRs have a built in dioptic correction that you can dial in for your particular type of vision.

Do you see what I see?

Many of us wear eyeglasses. I wear them for long distance viewing, so, for example, when I'm driving. And usually you think, I probably should wear them when I shoot. And a lot of people wear glasses while they shoot, and that's fine. But I tend to prefer not to. Because, you know, holding the, the camera up to my face, it just keeps my eye a little bit farther away from the viewfinder. It's a little bit harder to see everything inside of it. So I prefer to shoot, without my glasses. Now the problem with that, though, is that now, everything through the lens is just a little bit out of focus. So I need to correct for that. Well, fortunately, all DSLRs have a built in dioptic correction that you can dial in for your particular type of vision.

It's really easy to adjust. All you have to is, well, first, find the dial. So, on this particular type of camera, you'll find that it's hidden underneath the rubber. (UNKNOWN) cup here. So you need to pull that off, and then there's the dial right there. On other cameras, it's a little bit easier to get to. So for example, here on this Nikon, it's simply right here. So now how do you adjust it? Well, there's two different things you can do. You can just look through the viewfinder and touch the shutter button so that all the lights on the side come on. And adjust this until you can see all those lights clearly, and you'll find that that works quite well. And it'll get you, you know I'd say maybe within 10% of perfect vision. But if you want it to be really, really sharp, what you want to do is put the camera on a tripod.

And focus on something like a newspaper print, you could tape a newspaper on the wall for example. Focus it on there, and you're going to focus it automatically, so push the button halfway on the camera, let it focus for you. And then without touching any other buttons on the camera, put your eye up to it and very carefully adjust this little knob here. You can adjust it with your thumb or your finger, and get it just perfect so you can see everything absolutely perfectly sharp. Now, this has been corrected for your vision. You may want to go on there and put a little mark on the camera just so you know exactly where it goes 'cuz these have a tendency to get bumped a little bit easily. But as long as you know where to put it back to it makes it really easy and any time that you need to you can read just that.

And then whenever you're looking through the camera you'll no longer need your eye glasses.

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