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Left handed shutter release

KenTaylor Plus
13 3.1k 2 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2006 1:08PM
A friend of mine suffered a stroke and now finds it difficult to fire the shutter with her right hand. She asked if there is a camera with a left handed release. To complicate things she is left handed anyhow.
I am not aware of any camera either for or with a left handed release, perhaps you could help.
Many thanks.

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paulcr 13 1.5k 9 Ireland
25 Jul 2006 1:12PM
If its an SLR she could probably use a shutter release. I have often used a shutter release with a handheld shot. Just use the thumb to press while holding the camera. PAul
User_Removed 14 3.3k Russian Federation
25 Jul 2006 1:13PM
Useful FAQ from the Disabled Photographer's Society.
KenTaylor Plus
13 3.1k 2 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2006 1:37PM
Thanks for the replies.
It is a compact and a remote release would be awkward. The Disabled Photograhers link looks good, she pobably wasn`t aware of it.
The short answer appears to be a no, all that I have seen are right handed.
Big Bri 17 16.3k United Kingdom
25 Jul 2006 1:47PM
I'm not being funny here, and I have no idea if this is practical, but could she hold the camera upside down ?
Never tried it myself, so don't laugh at me (although I was shooting with my 5D upside down dangling from my tripod to get close to the floor at the weekend).
paulcr 13 1.5k 9 Ireland
25 Jul 2006 1:50PM
Thought of that myself Brian but I was hoping someone else would be silly enough to suggest it lol. No seriously, its probably not a bad idea and release the shutter with the thumb. PAul
c_evans99 14 7.0k 1 Wales
25 Jul 2006 1:56PM
Probably as impratical but any post-war Dresden-made Exakta or Exa will have a ;eft-hand release.

chriswebb 13 893 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2006 2:17PM
How about a pistol grip?

The only camera I know of was a half-frame 35mm camera from around 1990 called the Yashica Samurai. It was a bit like a modern camcorder and came in left and right handed versions.
AngelaD 13 2.9k Wales
25 Jul 2006 2:19PM
Glad Bri suggested it, have tried it, it does work!
dark_lord Plus
14 2.1k 538 England
25 Jul 2006 2:25PM
I remember a Konica camera from the early 1980s, which was one of the first 35 mm SLRs to feature a built in winder, to have a left handed release in addition to the standard release.

It never caught on (the camera) but not becauswe of the left handed operation

I know this doesn't answer your question, but illustrates that left handed releases have been done in the past.

As it is a comapct it should be easier to hold upside down (rather easier than a 5D lol).
Big Bri 17 16.3k United Kingdom
25 Jul 2006 2:37PM
should point out, when I had my 5D upside down, it was on a tripod and I was using a cable release Smile
AngelaD 13 2.9k Wales
25 Jul 2006 2:44PM
... but I should point out I was using 35mm SLR, very easy then to use your thumb to take the shot, and quite steady too.
Big Bri 17 16.3k United Kingdom
25 Jul 2006 3:09PM
And more room for your nose as well... Wink
KenTaylor Plus
13 3.1k 2 United Kingdom
25 Jul 2006 3:30PM
The difficulty can be practised but anyone with full use of both hands and right handed can get round problems easier.
Some good tips, more the one about firing the camera upside down, sounds funny but a practical way out. Will pass it on although she might have already tried that.

The old film cameras were so much eaier with cable release being a norm fitting along with a pistol grip. A pistol grip may be of benefit that I am sure she hasn`t tried
Two cameras mentioned but they are film and they don`t seem that long ago.

The Exacta was indeed left hand Ceri, I remember it now.The Yashica Samurai made in two versions sounds rather an odd thing to do while they must have had left handed users in mind. I am sure it can be done with modern compacts but not economic when you see dozens of models being introduced almost daily.
Noted the tips and will pass them on.
JohnHorne 13 1.0k
25 Jul 2006 5:05PM
If she doesn't mind using a manual focus SLR she could consider a (second-hand) Ricoh XR-X.

This has a button on the left which activates the self-timer. Instead of the 2 or 10 second delay that most cameras offer, the XR-X allows you to set the delay to almost any interval you want - including zero seconds. Configured like this it effectively becomes a shutter release button. The downside is that you don't get the "half-press to activate the metering" option that a convetional shutter release offers.

Alternatively how about a camera with an electrical cable release (plug it in and tape the release button on the left hand side of the camera) ?

I seem to recall that some Canon cameras used to come with a separate remote control - perhaps that could be a practical option ?


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