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Ford 
 

are cameras made for left handed people


I hold all the weight in my strong arm(left) when I shoot, by supporting the lens or body. And my weaker arm just presses the button. Some of the new SLR's are really heavy.


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6/20/2005 1:30:10 PM

 
Michael H. Cothran   "Some of the new SLR's are really heavy."
Well, you get no sympathy from me.
Until a couple of years ago, I hiked into the woods all day sporting 45 pounds of all metal medium format cameras, or a 4x5 field camera complete with 18 film holders. Then on weekends, I would shoot a 4 hour wedding with a Mamiya Twin Lens camera.
Now there's some weight!
The puny little plastic DSLR's that are made today?? I think you need to spend some time at the gym.
Michael H. Cothran
www.mhcphoto.net


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6/20/2005 3:00:43 PM

 
Matthew Slyfield
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/5/2005
  What, no 8X10 uphill both ways? ;-}


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6/20/2005 6:34:54 PM

 
Rick Richardson    Yeah my mom bought me two Mark II's just so I could do arm curls. The large grips makes it a lot easier.

LOL


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6/20/2005 6:43:47 PM

 
Nobu Nagase
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/31/2003
  Good old days are always good to those seasoned and the wise, perhaps...
...unfortunatley, the young and the would-be wise, do not comprehend those days...


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6/20/2005 7:32:26 PM

 
Carolyn  M. Fletcher
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  You'll get some sympathy from me, although not regarding the weight. The controls are all made for right handed people. I have a heck of a time finding my zoom button without looking for it. Seems like you should be able to find stuff by feel.


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6/21/2005 6:04:50 AM

 
Karen E. Michaels
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  I think that is why God invented tripods ;-)


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6/21/2005 6:48:12 AM

 
Melissa  L. Zavadil
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/26/2005
  Michael, I don't know where you are coming from. I have a Mamiyac330 and it is not heavier than my 10D with my Canon and its 24-70mm canon lens. These are not puny little plastic things Michael....Where are you coming from. I am totally with Steven on this one! :o) UUUUGGGG


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6/21/2005 10:52:07 AM

 
Melissa  L. Zavadil
BetterPhoto Member Since: 2/26/2005
  Alright just to check myself I weighed the things on the scale:

Mamiya: 4 pounds
10D with 24-70mm Lens: 4 pounds


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6/21/2005 10:58:17 AM

 
Michael H. Cothran   What does "UUUUGGGG" mean? Is it sort of like "EEEUUU?"
Since you asked, I'll tell you where I'm coming from -
Weigh a Mamiya RB or RZ with Prism and 4 lenses (which it would take to match the shooting range of the 24-70 zoom. With a few other periferals, my backpack weighs in at 45 pounds. In fact, weigh your C330 with a 55, 80, 135, and 180 lens with prism. This is what you would need again to cover the shooting range of the 24-70 zoom.
Then try weighing a 4x5 field camera with 4 lenses and 18 film holders, plus needed periferals. Don't get me wrong here - I love and use modern cameras. They're convenience and shooting power is much greater than I ever had with my old metal, manual clunkers. I embrace the new technology. But don't come crying like a little baby because you think today's cameras are HEAVY!! You don't know what weight is.

That little plastic 10D with 24-70 zoom looks pretty lightweight and convenient from my point of view, not to mention, still rather puny.
Walk a few miles with my 45 pounds of RZ equipment on your back - if you've got the stamina. Your 10D will seem a lot lighter, I guarantee it.
That's where I'm coming from!!
Michael H. Cothran
www.mhcphoto.net


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6/21/2005 11:49:33 AM

 
Steve McCroskey   I have no trouble with my Minolta Maxxum 5 with 28-200mm lens or 70-300mm lens.I am a "lefty" and I usually shoot freehand.
Being familiar with a camera helps out quite a bit!!


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6/21/2005 2:30:53 PM

 
Ford    just got it today, heavvvy. The markII with a 70-200mm. Of coarse I can handle it, but my wife doesn't want to use it. She likes the D20


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6/21/2005 5:07:00 PM

 
Ford    I had to use an engine hoist to get the sucker on the tripod


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6/22/2005 2:47:42 AM

 
Ford    there's an advantage to being left-handed.


A triumph for interdisciplinary science
"We think they're a bit more creative - a bit more unusual. We say right-handers are 'off-the-peg' and left-handers are 'designer'.

"I'm right-handed and that's why I can speak for the left-handers with some authority. I haven't got any biases."


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6/22/2005 9:12:15 AM

 
Steve McCroskey   They say:Left-handed people are always in their right mind.Can't go wrong there!!!!!


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6/22/2005 9:18:06 AM

 
Ford    Good one Steve


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6/23/2005 7:55:47 AM

 
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