I follow a lot of blogs via Google Reader: (a lot of) photography, sports, news, my brother's running blog, etc. One of the blogs I follow is The Pioneer Woman. As most know, PW's blog covers lots of things and I find most everything interesting. This week, an entry in the photography section (the Dioptric Adjustment Dial) changed my life. Well, I'm exaggerating, but it was something that resolved a nagging issue I've been dealing with since the spring.
Earlier this year, I got a new prescription for my contacts. I'm near sighted and the new contacts have made my distance viewing great. Great for sporting events (like the Carolina Hurricanes and my kids soccer games), but it came at the expense of my near vision. While I don't need corrective lenses for reading or using a computer; if I use my new contacts, I do.
Which brings me to my viewfinder. My viewfinder is very much "near vision". This means if I'm wearing my contacts, my viewfinder never seems like it's clear, crisp, and who knows if I've really got the photo...in focus. If I have to use manual focus, you can forget it. I'd recently come to bringing store bought "reading glasses" with me. But that stunk, because despite having a relatively minor near sightedness issue, I HATE to go out w/o my contacts. I like wearing sunglasses if needed and I just don't like wearing glasses.
Enter THE SOLUTION. I had no idea that my camera had a dial that would "correct" the vision thru the viewfinder. No more reading glasses, no more frustration of not seeing clear images. Honestly, I'm annoyed that I didn't presume there was a way to deal with this (knowing that millions of people have my same situation) and also that I didn't stumble on it in my manual or my Magic Lantern Guide (my personal favorite for additional camera documentation). I'm a firm believer in reading and re-reading and re-reading your camera's manual. You will forever be discovering features that you hadn't previously. So yesterday before the SHS Soccer game, I put in my contacts, I put on my long lens, took off my lens cap, looked thru the viewfinder, used my autofocus to focus on a player, and then I adjusted my diopter dial. A choir of angels sang and my viewfinder was sharp and in focus!
So thanks to Miz Booshay of PW's Photography blog. You've changed my (photography) life!