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Nov 22, 2018 10:23:05   #
bobishkan
 
Hi Everyone: For 50 years I have looking thru the viewfinder of numerous SLRs and DSLRs. When I wear my polarized sunglasses, the picture gets a little darker. Just bought a Sony A6000 with an EVF. Even with the brightness control set to brightest, the picture is very very dark. Had to return the camera since much of my shooting here in Florida is out on a boat or in bright sun where I always wear polarized sunglasses (better to see the fish with!). Is this with all EVFs? Anyone have this same experience? Thanks Bob P.S. Have a great Thanksgiving. As citizens of the US, we have much to be thankful for!

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Nov 22, 2018 10:35:23   #
rmalarz (a regular here)
 
That happens with even non-EVF cameras. I take mine off when doing photography. The benefits of seeing the scene without viewing through sunglasses are enormous.
--Bob
bobishkan wrote:
Hi Everyone: For 50 years I have looking thru the viewfinder of numerous SLRs and DSLRs. When I wear my polarized sunglasses, the picture gets a little darker. Just bought a Sony A6000 with an EVF. Even with the brightness control set to brightest, the picture is very very dark. Had to return the camera since much of my shooting here in Florida is out on a boat or in bright sun where I always wear polarized sunglasses (better to see the fish with!). Is this with all EVFs? Anyone have this same experience? Thanks Bob P.S. Have a great Thanksgiving. As citizens of the US, we have much to be thankful for!
Hi Everyone: For 50 years I have looking thru the ... (show quote)

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Nov 22, 2018 10:41:52   #
Longshadow (a regular here)
 
rmalarz wrote:
That happens with even non-EVF cameras. I take mine off when doing photography. The benefits of seeing the scene without viewing through sunglasses are enormous.
--Bob



My phone goes black with my polarized glasses.
Don't use them for the camera either.
(Many displays are inherently polarized.)

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Nov 22, 2018 11:11:47   #
Linda From Maine (a regular here)
 
It's even worse when you use the LCD screen and turn the camera to vertical orientation; the image virtually disappears. You can Google for the explanation of the physics.

I hadn't worn sunglasses for decades, and when I bought a polarized pair and used for the first time with my Panasonic M4/3, I thought the camera had broken

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Nov 22, 2018 11:23:34   #
Strodav (a regular here)
 
Have to take them off when shooting outdoors. Actually, when looking through any viewfinder or screen including a gas station pump, ATM, smartphone, even the gps screen in my vehicles.

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Nov 22, 2018 11:25:32   #
BebuLamar (a regular here)
 
bobishkan wrote:
Hi Everyone: For 50 years I have looking thru the viewfinder of numerous SLRs and DSLRs. When I wear my polarized sunglasses, the picture gets a little darker. Just bought a Sony A6000 with an EVF. Even with the brightness control set to brightest, the picture is very very dark. Had to return the camera since much of my shooting here in Florida is out on a boat or in bright sun where I always wear polarized sunglasses (better to see the fish with!). Is this with all EVFs? Anyone have this same experience? Thanks Bob P.S. Have a great Thanksgiving. As citizens of the US, we have much to be thankful for!
Hi Everyone: For 50 years I have looking thru the ... (show quote)


Because the EVF is LCD. The LCD is an electrically controlled polarizer. If you have an OLED EVF you won't have problem.

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Nov 22, 2018 11:42:25   #
Longshadow (a regular here)
 
Strodav wrote:
Have to take them off when shooting outdoors. Actually, when looking through any viewfinder or screen including a gas station pump, ATM, smartphone, even the gps screen in my vehicles.



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Nov 22, 2018 11:42:58   #
Longshadow (a regular here)
 
BebuLamar wrote:
Because the EVF is LCD. The LCD is an electrically controlled polarizer. If you have an OLED EVF you won't have problem.


Interesting.

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Nov 22, 2018 13:45:00   #
Dr.Nikon (a regular here)
 
Do what most do ..put a lanyard on the sunglasses and up they go when shooting .., or if prescription sunglasses are being used and you can’t see in the viewfinder without them like me .. I purchased a perscription gradient lens ..almost clear at the bottom and goes to strong color at the top .... I merely tilt my head a little and look through the almost clear section of the Sunglasses lens as I look through the viewfinder .... this allows you to never take off your sunglasses when shooting photography ..especially on the water . If perscription ..it is costly .. if not perscription ..inexpensive ...

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Nov 22, 2018 16:55:58   #
Unstable_Tripod
 
I can't read the LED screen on gas pumps with my polarized sunglasses.

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Nov 22, 2018 16:56:57   #
Unstable_Tripod
 
I can't read the LED screen on gas pumps with my polarized sunglasses.

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Nov 22, 2018 17:29:27   #
BebuLamar (a regular here)
 
Unstable_Tripod wrote:
I can't read the LED screen on gas pumps with my polarized sunglasses.


You should be able to read the LED just not the LCD.

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Nov 22, 2018 20:49:54   #
blackest
 
in theory if you rotate the camera around 90 degrees either the lcd screen goes black or lighter. The polarized sun glasses are acting like a variable nd filter in combination with the screen. the screen is probably horizontally or vertically polarized and you may find an angle where the sunglasses have minimal effect. If this is acceptable find alternative sunglasses.

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Nov 22, 2018 21:03:52   #
E.L.. Shapiro (a regular here)
 
It's called CROSS POLARIZATION. You can't rotate the camera and you can't rotate your eyeglasses to minimize the effect. It is not practical to shoot with theses eyeglasses in place. If you require theses glasses as per a prescription or an extreme sensitivity to sunlight, there are flip-up frames that some photographers use. They set the diopter on the viewfinder to the required magnification and flip the frames upward while accessing the viewfinder.

Great for driving westbound near sunset time- bad for shooting!

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Nov 22, 2018 21:13:01   #
Linda From Maine (a regular here)
 
blackest wrote:
... the screen is probably horizontally or vertically polarized and you may find an angle where the sunglasses have minimal effect...
I'd forgotten that not all "black out" in the same direction. I can wear my sunglasses if I keep the cameras horizontal, but they are the big kind designed to fit over existing prescription glasses, and not very practical for photography.

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