How to Use Spectacles With a Canon DSLR

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How to Use Spectacles With a Canon DSLR
Eyepiece extenders make using a Canon DSLR easier when wearing spectacles. (photographer. image by Anna Chelnokova from

When Canon USA designed their digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras, they had spectacle wearers in mind. Whether you call them your glasses, extra lenses or spectacles, rest assured Canon has developed a viewfinder with an adjustable dioptre and removable eyepiece to make using their cameras easier. Whether you choose to add an eyepiece extender for comfort, replace the standard eyepiece with one that conforms to your spectacle lenses or simply remove the eyepiece all together, using a Canon DSLR with glasses is simple after a few adjustments.

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Things you need

  • eyepiece extender
  • new eyepiece
  • Canon Angle Finder C

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  1. 1

    Put on your eyeglasses. Look at the back of your Canon camera and locate the optical viewfinder. This is the small glass opening at the back of Canon DSLR cameras where you look through the camera when composing a picture.

  2. 2

    Squeeze the right and left side of the eyepiece around the optical viewfinder. Gently pull up on the eyepiece to remove it from the camera.

  3. 3

    Look for a round dial to adjust the dioptre, or clarity of vision through the optical viewfinder. The small dial is located to the top and right of the optical viewfinder. Spin the dial to the left or right while looking through the optical viewfinder until the image is sharp. Use the camera without the eyepiece to rest your glasses flat against the camera body.

  4. 4

    Increase comfort of using spectacles while shooting with a Canon DSLR by adding an eyepiece extender to the optical viewfinder. Slide an extender into the grooves where you removed the standard eyepiece.

  5. 5

    Mount the eyepiece onto the extender. Choose the standard eyepiece, or opt for a shaped eyepiece that more easily cups the glass lenses of your spectacles. Slide the eyepiece on by placing it directly on top of the extender, and sliding it down into the grooves on the right and left side of the extender. Listen for the piece to snap into place.

  6. 6

    Rest your glasses against the protruding eyepiece. Notice more space for your nose, less facial contact with the LCD screen and overall increased comfort when holding the Canon DSLR next to your face.

Tips and warnings

  • Replace the standard Canon eyepiece with a Canon Angle Finder C. This attachment offers spectacle wearers a comfortable, wide, rubber opening to look through while wearing glasses. The Angle Finder C is elevated and allows the photographer to rotate the piece, so a comfortable position can be created.

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