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Old 12-30-2016   #1
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'Left handed' cameras

Another thread touched on this topic and I can't let it pass.

Please post pictures of cameras that are 'left handed' or even those with accessories that put the shutter release in the appropriate position for someone who is left handed (you know who they are).

By 'left handed' I mean cameras with the release on the left when seen from behind. If the film advance is also on the left so well and good.

Holding the camera upside down, although an acceptable gambit for Rollei journos, is cheating.

As a starter, herewith the Welta Weltini which takes some getting used to. Ergonomically it feels like it is upside down but at least the shutter release retracts nicely.

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Old 12-30-2016   #2
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No left handed thread is complete without Exactas.

EXA 1c by F4ronnie, on Flickr

Exakta RTL1000 by F4ronnie, on Flickr

Exakta Varex IIa by F4ronnie, on Flickr

Kine Exakta by F4ronnie, on Flickr

And then there's this Ensign:

Ensign 220 Auto-Range by F4ronnie, on Flickr

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Old 12-30-2016   #3
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And the Pentina with its remarkably uncomfortable film advance lever.

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The Swiss "Alpa" reflexes with advance on "wrong" side.
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The Swiss "Alpa" reflexes with advance on "wrong" side.
The advance is on the right side of the camera, the lever just works "backwards" - front to back instead of back to front.

Argus C3 on the other hand, is advanced with a knob on the left, although the shutter is released with a button on the right. Opposite of the Exa which is advanced on the right, but fired on the left.
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There are also a number of models that split the wind and release chores between both hands. While not fully left handed, they aren't fully right handed either. These include:
  • Iloca Rapid B / Sear Tower 51 and several minor variants
  • Rollei 35 series
  • Various Leica models with Leicavits attached
  • Several Canon RF models that copy the Leicavit winding method
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Has anyone got the Leitz accessory for a left hand release on am ltm camera?
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Five a Second. Chicago's Bell & Howell Co. (cameras) announced that it would put on sale this fall the world's most expensive still camera. Its "Foton" will take five 35-mm. pictures a second, sell for $700. Bell & Howell, which has found that "families of both low and high incomes now spend over $550" for movie equipment, hopes to sell 20,000 Fotons a year.
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The Zeiss Ikon 6x9 folders (e.g. Ikonta) were lefthanded, as were the Moskva copies.
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How many hands and fingers are required to operate this?
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She Who Must Be Obeyed tells me that the Balda Baldessa 1b is very left-hander friendly. Not sure why, it just seems to work that way.

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Let's not forget the Stereo Realist with the shutter release on the left side.
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How about majestic Voigtlanders from 1950's? I think both Bessa II and Prominent were designed for left-handed use.
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Although the release is on the right top, the Voigtlander Vitessas have their combi-plunger on the top left, and are best wound and cocked with your left hand.
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Although the release is on the right top, the Voigtlander Vitessas have their combi-plunger on the top left, and are best wound and cocked with your left hand.
Yes, I forgot about lovely Vitessa. That Ultron 50/2 is something exceptional, too.
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Although the release is on the right top, the Voigtlander Vitessas have their combi-plunger on the top left, and are best wound and cocked with your left hand.
I thought that the combi-plunger was weird...until I used it. It did not take very long to feel natural.
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How many hands and fingers are required to operate this?
It is designed for Moties. "While holding the camera steady in two hands, use the gripping hand to..."
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How about majestic Voigtlanders from 1950's? I think both Bessa II and Prominent were designed for left-handed use.
The shutter button on the Prominent was on the right, though focusing was done by means of turning a knob on the left concentric with the rewind. Don't know about the Bessa II offhand, but the Bessa I had the shutter button on the right.
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There was this Canon:

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How many hands and fingers are required to operate this?
My guess is that the State Street crew hopped on a plain to Germany the day after they saw this in production and bought Nagel Camera Werks AG for one and a half times the asking price!

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Some more left handed Exakta recommendations...

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I have a Mamiya 23 and Linhof Technika 70 (but no photos thereof) that would fit the bill; the Linhof would also save you a fortune in gym fees. Every advert I've seen for the Linhof shows it being shot by a petite young lady. Must have built girls differently back then - the damned thing is made from recycled battleships and could easily do double duty as a wrecking ball.

Any camera that takes an L-grip would also suit:

R0114730 by Jean-Yves, on Flickr

The RZ and ProTL are both wearing said grips; the C330f (now my nephew's plaything) will do the same. In fact, pretty much any medium-format system camera will take one.
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The Rolleiflex SL 2000 F Motor is equally awkward to use for both right and left-handed users.
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Ha, my 2 hands & 5 fingers seem to do the trick. But seriously, the main controls on the body (shutter speed dials, shutter release, etc.) are essentially the same as on a "Barnack" Leica (though both shutter speed dials are on top), only designed to be operated w/the left hand, & the lens is operated w/the right hand, which is what I do. The Ektra does have an in-body focus wheel, like the Zeiss Ikon Contax, only located at the bottom rather than the top, but as w/the Contax, the wheel can be ignored (plus, unlike the Contax, the Ektra has no infinity lock, so it's even easier to ignore).

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I see that Kodak have re-used the Ektra name on a new phone...and which camera had push button focussing, each button representing a given zone?
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I see that Kodak have re-used the Ektra name on a new phone...and which camera had push button focussing, each button representing a given zone?
I have not seen one, but it is 21mp, basically a camera with a phone in it. Nice design, but probably a little large, and unclear how it will be sold and supported.
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The four-button focus camera was the Ilford Sportsmaster.
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