When you turn forty, you need glasses. This is the way it is for many of us. Yes, I know my youthful good looks belie it, but I am in fact… oh, who am I kidding? Yeah, I am well past 40.
So I need glasses to see my camera. But to see anything a couple of feet away or beyond, my eyes are great. So all day I put my glasses on, take them off… put them on, take them off… ad infinitum. My head has indentations where they live half the time.
There is now a solution. Hoodman, they of the excellent Hood Loupe you cannot live without (and I mean that!), now have these:
So, photographers’ glasses, made with titanium, one size fits all. They are flexible at the back, so really will fit all. And they come in a sturdy case. To make them work, you have your optician put your own lenses in (a simple job: I had it done at Great Glasses here in Oakville).
A-ha! That handy little tab allows you to lift the glasses, one eye at a time. That way you can:
- Look through the camera with one eye, and keep looking at distant objects with the other
- Lift the lens to take a photo, instead of “remove the glasses to take a photo”.
The first point does not work for me, since I am left-eyed. (Yes, we are left- or right-eyed, did you know that? Handsome, intelligent people are left-eyed.. oh who am I kidding!). But the second point works just great. Now when I do a shoot I flip my left eye’s lens up, look through the viewfinder, and shoot. And flip down when I am done. Or to review, use my right eye, so no moving-of-glasses is necessary.
So, one more indispensable tool from Hoodman.
Michael’s Quick Judgment: excellent tool for use during shoots, and you will see me with these!
Did you get them locally, or import them from Hoodman?
I have a big head, and would like to try them before dropping $200.
Pete: I got them from Hoodman when they last visited at Henry’s Photo Show – hint, there is another one coming up. Suggest you contact Hoodman; I am sure they’ll help.
Just like with the Hood Loupe, I am getting so attached to these I may get another pair just in case I lose them. Little things make a big difference in photography, don’t they?
Any idea when the next show is Michael?
I looked it up on Henry’s and couldn’t find the next show. Maybe you are privy to some ‘insider’ information!
As far as I know, it is 15-17 October.
I am surprised that Hoodman or a women’s cosmetician hasn’t recommended this item for applying make-up. I have heard many times women complaining that they could not see their face without their glasses.