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05-16-2011, 12:12 PM   #1
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Tell me please.. why DSLR bodies are chopped off on left side

I really enjoy holding my slr camera with my left hand as well as right, but there isn't much to grab onto on the left side anymore with DSLR.. why did they chop the side off?

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Makes them smaller and thus cheaper to build- this is especially true to the into models that have their mode dials on the right side as well.

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Your left hand should support the lens and operate zoom/focus if necessary. Then you can make a little tripod from your hands and face to stabilize the camera.
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The K20D was the last Pentax DSLR I saw that put an emphasis on the left hand grip.
And I must admit, I do miss the manly feel of that camera despite the many joys the K-5 has brought me.

Perhaps Pentax will consider us men with needs in the development of their upcoming K-3

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Let me rephrase the question -- why did film SLRs have so much body to the left of the lens, when the right hand goes on the right side of the body and the left hand goes under/around the lens. Answer: Film bodies were more or less symmetrical because the film canister had to be on one side of the lens and the film take-up spool on the other. Without a film canister all that body on the left side of the lens would simply be a waste of space.
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Let me rephrase the question
Are you rephrasing the question for the OP?

Good answer btw.
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Basically, there are no left handed or ambidextrous photographers in the world.
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Basically, there are no left handed or ambidextrous photographers in the world.
Well, there is at least one--me!

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Well, there is at least one--me!
How do you manage?! lol.
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Well, there is at least one--me!
Make that two
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Much like fast primes in the Pentax lens lineup, the left side is vestigial.
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Pentax: Remember our noses on the k3!

QuoteOriginally posted by JohnBee Quote
The K20D was the last Pentax DSLR I saw that put an emphasis on the left hand grip.
And I must admit, I do miss the manly feel of that camera despite the many joys the K-5 has brought me.

Perhaps Pentax will consider us men with needs in the development of their upcoming K-3
or at least incorporate the Cameron Hood adapter...

Cheers,
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'Manly,' eh, Johnbee?

I actually do really like the little ridge on the left of the K20d: you can just hook your fingers on there while like viewing the LCD and all. Not generally someplace I'd want to hld the camera while shooting, though.


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Basically, there are no left handed or ambidextrous photographers in the world.
It does seem that with the digital technology, it ought to be possible to at least make an add-on grip with some left-hand controls, if not just make a reversed case: how marketing-viable that might be would be a real question.
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Make that two
And then there were three.

Seriously, although I'm mucho left dominant, I've never had a problem with any camera. Then again how difficult is it to press a shutter button? It's the supporting (LEFT!) hand that's doing the tough work!
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QuoteOriginally posted by geekette Quote
holding my slr camera with my left hand
I can't do this either, for me left hands for focusing.
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