How to take sharp pictures with unsharp eyes?
October 29, 2010 3:55 AM Subscribe
My vision is changing, which is not unusual, I'm getting older. But I'm having the odd problem when I use cameras (view cameras and medium format as well as 35mm) in getting the best focus (manually). How can I best use cameras, lupes, focussing screens and the like as my vision changes thanks to my advancing years?
posted by itsjustanalias to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (8 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I have worn glasses for years due to short/near sightedness (my close up vision used to be spot on, even while wearing the glasses). As I'm getting older I notice that to see things clearly when close up I now have to not use the glasses. In time I guess I'll need glasses to see things close up (both my parents do) but in the meantime I have a problem with cameras.
When I focus with my 35mm camera I need my glasses, even though the viewfinder is next to my eye. With my medium format and my view camera the image is on a ground glass screen, for those I'm better off without the glasses right?
What about loupes used for focusing the enlarger (which look at film grain)? What's best?
Basically, I'd be grateful for any advice from manual photographers for coping with less than 20/20 vision. Help me keep my pictures sharp. I will go to an opticians but my vision is likely to keep changing isn't it?