Fuji X100 OVF Diopter Adjustment - Big Uh-Oh

Crsnydertx

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Well....my experience with the new camera has soured after less than 30 minutes; the range of diopter adjustment is only -2 to +1, substantially narrower than Panny or Canon cameras and a couple ticks less than what I need for a sharp view. If I can't come up with a workaround, the camera will be heading back to B&H. Too bad; I was really ready to love this camera.

The devil is in the details, isn't it? They've really made some questionable design decisions....bummer.
 

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Don, thanks. I'm long overdue for new glasses (bifocals) so maybe I'll finally do that and see if I can shoot with glasses on. In the meantime, I'll keep the camera safely boxed up in case it has to go back....
 

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you should be able to figure it out...
I use the OVF and EVF with my glasses all the time. Not a problem - slightly reduces the amount of extra space I can easily see around the framing lines in the OVF, but I can still see plenty of extra area. I wear progressives - essentially bi-focals without the hard line - sort of a smooth transition from near to far without a hard break.

-Ray
 

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Well Chuck, I can use the OVF with my progressive glasses. I can see the frameline but it's tight on the outside of the box. That's ok, the image is in the box anyway.
Luckily, the dioptor adjustment works for me.

I hope you can make something work, it's a great camera.
 

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I use the OVF and EVF with my glasses all the time. Not a problem - slightly reduces the amount of extra space I can easily see around the framing lines in the OVF, but I can still see plenty of extra area. I wear progressives - essentially bi-focals without the hard line - sort of a smooth transition from near to far without a hard break.

-Ray

Ray, that's encouraging. I've pretty much decided I'll try the progressives; now I have some real incentive! :)
 

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I've been wearing progressive lenses since about 1997 and I have no problem at all with this camera - nor have I with any others, Chuck - so I'm adding my voice to the chorus.
 

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Oh yes, just to add in some more details on my own eyesight - I have astigmatisms in both eyes and they're unusual...I also have some other weird stuff going on, whose name I can't remember... The Ophthalmologist told me the name but it escapes me now... But my glasses work very well and I have no issues with the viewfinder.:th_salute:
 

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wearing polarizing sunglasses (also progressive lenses)

Just another note to say that I noticed that some have said that they have difficulty using their X100 while wearing polarizing sunglasses. I wear polarized progressive lens prescription sunglasses and have since 1997 and the only problem I have with my X100 is if I hold the camera in portrait mode...you know perpendicular is what I mean..then I can't see the focus box via the OVF but can just make out parts of the outer frame lines. With the EVF in that same portrait/perpendicular stance, it is hard but not impossible... For me if I'm holding the camera in the horizontal/landscape position, I have no issues at all seeing. I also find the LCD works very well with my polarized sunglasses in both positions. All this said, we each have our own trials and tribulations with our eyesights and what works best.

Some of my best pictures have come about with my sunglasses on - which is great since I don't leave home without 'em.:cool:
 
BB - very interesting. My first experience with polarized prescription sunglasses and an EVF was with a G1. Big problems for me - the EVF was almost unusable. I wonder if there are different versions of polarized sunglasses or EVFs. With my most recent pair I left off the polarized option and even went with a slightly lighter tint than I normally go with because I wanted to be able to shoot with them on. Thanks for the post. I will ask my eye doctor next time I see him about polarized options.
. . . David
 

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Chuck, I feel you! I need -3.0 on my diopters and most DSLRs only make it to -2.5. I use an external diopter attachment, like the ones used back in the film camera days when there were no adjustments and all cameras had -1.0 diopter viewfinders. The problem with the X100 is that there's no way to attach an external diopter lens, right?
 

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David, there may be...but color may have something to do with it, too? I have the kind that is sort of a dark amber...they make the world an extra special place to my eyes... Years ago I used to have the RayBan neutral green type, but now I'm a devotee to this color for my sunglasses.
 
BB - good point again. Unfortunately I don't have the polarized lens anymore. I kept the frames, (kinda' like them after one of my students described them as "American Badlands" variety :cool:) and now have single prescription with nothing added.
Did you ever try shooting with a G1 and your polarized sunglasses? 'Just curious.
. . . David
 

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Well . . . I wore progressive glasses for about 15 years . . . until about 5 years ago, when I started wearing contacts. I wear a -2.5 in my left eye, and a -1.75 in my right eye which I use in viewfinders.
It was a total revelation, not just for photography, but for life in general - none of that peering up and down on the stairs, no more wondering where the reading glasses are. No more twisting one's head up and down to go from the LCD to the world in general.
Of course, it's a compromise, and it's not fantastic for night driving, but if you haven't tried it, give it a go - regardless of what camera you're using.
 

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BB - good point again...Did you ever try shooting with a G1 and your polarized sunglasses? 'Just curious.
. . . David

No, David, I've never even seen a G1, so can't be helpful on that I'm afraid.

Jono, you're a lucky fellow! I don't think contacts will work for me, alas. I've got too many oddities going on - with my eyes, that is.:wink:
 

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A question from Oz: what on earth are "progressives". No doubt we have them here, but they will be called something different. I am quite myopic, on the way to becoming longsighted, and I cannot shoot with glasses on. I use the maximum + adjustment on my Pentax (I think its a 2 but possibly 3)... sounds like the X100 may be a no go for me but I will be looking in to this thread to see how Chuck manages.
 

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Progressive lenses that I use have adjustments for...
Distance, medium distance and close up like reading. There is no lines in the lens. They just look like a single lens.
I really need just reading glasses. I still have 20:20 vision. With the progressives, sometimes I just leave them on all the time.
My eyes aren't that bad, they're just getting old.
 

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