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Are there any Cameras designed for Lefties?

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Message posted at 07/20/2011, 06:39:55 AM by Haslinda
All the camera models I know have the shutter release button on the right side. While it is very convenient for right-handed people, it must have taken some bit of adjustment for the left-handed people.

I was born right-handed but somehow switch to using more of my left hand years ago. Doesn't matter which hand is used, automatic adjustment now.

Just curiosity. So, do such a camera exist - more design friendly for the lefties? Are there any lefties here?

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Message posted at 07/21/2011, 06:30:03 AM by Ncn18
...THATS a very good question..!!!!

I don`t think that any camera body would designed for left - handed:-) would be too much expensive for too less people they use it.

same problem exist with weapons...a friend of mine...he is a hunter to...had to look for it a long, long time...and it was NOT cheap!!!
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Message posted at 07/21/2011, 06:34:45 AM by Calyx22
I'm a leftie!!! But because left handed stuff is rare in a right handed world, I've become somewhat ambidextrous. I've never had an issue using my camera right handed because that's all there is out there, to my knowledge! If they ever made a left handed camera, I agree with Ncn18 that it would probably be very expensive. I'd sure be interested to see one though, if such a thing exists.

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Message edited at 08/17/2011, 11:26:39 AM by Neddog
The camera grip that I use came in two options, one with shutter release and one without. Mine came without, but I replaced the cold hotshoe with a live hotshoe for my flash. However, if it were the shutter release type it would have had a shutter release for the left hand, as pictured here:


Of course, you would have to replace the shutter release with an electronic one that works with your digital SLR if that's what you're using. It's made for a standard cable release.

This is what my version of the bracket looks like:

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Incidentally, the grip itself can be removed and replaced facing the other way. If I wanted to, I could use this grip on the right side of the camera if I really wanted to, especially since I replaced the hotshoe with a single-bolt type (ie, I can turn it around too).

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Message posted at 08/17/2011, 13:51:47 PM by Bradcalkins
I almost think it is more about the camera being designed for a dominant right eye, than actual right handedness... With focus rings, zoom rings, AF switches and the like you are really using both hands to operate a modern camera. Looking at a Lieca M series, the viewfinder is all the way to the left side so your nose isn't smushed against the camera - to me that is more about picking the right eye than the right hand. Hard to say, though :)
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Message posted at 08/18/2011, 08:00:52 AM by Tamarabauer - member is an admin
I'm left handed when I write, but I tend to do most other things with my right hand, for some reason. I don't find the shutter button on the right a problem, in fact it would probably feel strange being situated on the left.

However, I look through the viewfinder with my left eye, whereas I think most people use their right?
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Message posted at 08/19/2011, 16:35:55 PM by Neddog
I kinda think all cameras are made for lefties... ;) After all, it's the left hand that operates the lens and therefore what I would consider the main controls of the camera (focus, zoom, and aperture). The right hand operates what I would consider the secondary control of shutter activation (though sometimes aperture and focus, depending on how many "auto" functions you use).
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Message edited at 08/21/2011, 02:25:30 AM by Johnnydao
Turn the camera upside down. Press the shutter button with your thumb, adjust the focus/zoom with your right hand. Bam! Instant left hand camera. Just a thought.

I wonder how I would fix a picture that's upside down.
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Message posted at 08/21/2011, 09:16:39 AM by Haslinda
Ncn18, I figured as much that cost will be a big factor in re-designing the camera. Calyx22, I wish to see that type of camera too :) Good thinking, Neddog ;) Thank you for posting that picture. Didn't know such a devise existed. Brad, I like the Leica M camera. Cool design! Like Tamara, my left eye is glued to the viewfinder. It feels more comfortable. Johnny, I have read about that technique. The photo can be easily righted during post processing. Overall, I think each of us come up with ways and adjustment to fit our comfort zone when we use our cameras and whatever tools we need to handle. But I do wonder about future camera designs.

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Message posted at 09/13/2011, 15:11:11 PM by Paulcowan
There are loads of "left-handed" cameras with the shutter release on the left side. I have several - a Moskva 5 range-finder, a Nettar 515, 516, 516/2 and 518/2 as well as a Daiichi Zenobia, a Welta Garant and a Super-Ikonta. In fact, a large proportion of the roll-film cameras of the 30s, 40s and 50s are "left handed". And, what's more, they can take very good pictures

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There you go, problem solved
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Message posted at 09/16/2011, 09:30:32 AM by Haslinda
Thanks for responding Paul. Beautiful picture :) Those names are not too familiar so I google them. Some cameras I see are medium format. Would love to get one of those. It is rarer to find those types of cameras nowadays and they are expensive. Films too are getting rarer these days. BTW, I stumble upon some of your posts in other forums about cameras. ;)

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