Left handed cameras


Link Posted 06/08/2010 - 14:12
Anyone seen one? Heard of one?

I certainly havn`t , it seems odd to me. I`m sure there would be some demand.
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Link Posted 06/08/2010 - 14:35
Canon dslrs have a left handed lens change button, but with right handed contols.
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Link Posted 06/08/2010 - 14:43
Probably more demand for left eyed cameras so you don't have your nose stuck on the LCD screen .

Two of my sons are left handed and have never complained about using a right handed camera.


Link Posted 06/08/2010 - 15:38
I'm left eyed, and I agree with you completely
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Link Posted 06/08/2010 - 15:40
There would be quite a lot of demand since 7 to 10% of the population are witches, er, I mean, left-handers

But would they want to pay the premium required to cover the extra costs?

Meanwhile, just use your camera upside-down

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Left-handedness

"One of the few cameras ever produced for left-handers was the half-frame Yashica Samurai. Cameras predominantly have the hand grip, shutter release, film wind lever and commonly used selection buttons, switches and dials controlled by the right hand, lens controls (where present) tend to be accessible by either hand. When a left-handed person uses a right-handed camera the hand control can be less steady and hence produce camera shake leading to poorer pictures at low shutter speeds"


Link Posted 06/08/2010 - 16:07
Wouldn.t make any difference to me, and I am a right hander.
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Link Posted 06/08/2010 - 16:16
There is (was) one available, providing you dont mind an ancient model and using film, unfortunatly I cant remember its name, "Exacta" I think, but probably wrong.
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Link Posted 06/08/2010 - 16:23
I'm left handed, and I think a camera with the controls reversed would be worse, not better.

None of the controls on the right hand side needs all that much dexterity, unlike for focusing and zooming, where speed and precision can sometimes count for a lot, and you pretty much have to use your left hand - which is fine for me.

I just feel sorry for all you right-handers out there, forced to use the wrong hand!
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Link Posted 06/08/2010 - 19:12
I can think of loads of cameras that aren't hand specific, far too many to list in fact, like all TLRs and large format cameras for a start.
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Link Posted 07/08/2010 - 10:22
I don't know why but whilst I am right handed I always use the camera 'left eyed'.

The 'nose prints' on the LCD drive hubby wild and so he helpfully 'reminds me to change eye' whenever he catches me doing it. To no avail of course I instinctively revert next time I raise the thing to my face.

Often wonder if it means I am naturaly 'left handed' but was just taught to be right handed.

Especially as those familiar with board sports will know that being left or right footed as it were (goofy or regular in jargon) doesn't always follow your hand orientation.


Link Posted 07/08/2010 - 11:29
Eastridge, I too am left eyed which is why I said there would be more demand for a left eyed camera than a left handed one.

My husband is right eyed. One left handed son is left eyed, the other right eyed, the right handed one uses which ever eye is convenient .

I'm not sure there is any link between handedness and the stronger eye.


Link Posted 08/08/2010 - 01:47
Nose prints get on the LCD even when using the right eye. Or is that just because I've got a big nose


Link Posted 08/08/2010 - 09:43
iceblinker wrote:
Nose prints get on the LCD even when using the right eye. Or is that just because I've got a big nose

Same problem.
The LCD is straight under the viewfinder so would find it strange to make a difference

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Link Posted 08/08/2010 - 10:00

I see your point and next time he moans at me for getting nose prints on the LCD as I'm 'using it the wrong way round' I will make sure he knows it!


Link Posted 08/08/2010 - 10:07
Just use the eye that you like, it doesn't make differencing only that it feels more natural to you.

One thing I did learn myself is to keep both eyes open... that's probably one of the reasons I can't use EVIL camera's since their electronic viewfinders lag slightly and the different movement between the eyes make me sea sick ^^;

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