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Sep 25, 2018 10:07:20   #
mvetrano2 Loc: Commack, NY
 
Does any camera manufacturer that you know of make a left-handed camera (shutter release on left side)? My grand daughter had a stroke on the left side of her brain when she was born, and has little use of her right hand, but left hand functions normally. I bought her a simple point-and-shoot, but she has a very difficult time using it. She comes with me taking photos and would like to take them on her own. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Sep 25, 2018 10:12:11   #
Old Grey Beard Loc: Salt Lake City, Utah
 
Is there any way she could use a remote shutter release?
I typed in left hand camera and this was one. https://www.the-digital-picture.com/Canon-Cameras/Canon-EOS-7D-L-Left-Handed-DSLR-Camera.aspx
Pricier than a point and shoot but there may be 1 out there.

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Sep 25, 2018 10:21:36   #
GoofyNewfie Loc: Kansas City
 
Old Grey Beard wrote:
Is there any way she could use a remote shutter release?
I typed in left hand camera and this was one. https://www.the-digital-picture.com/Canon-Cameras/Canon-EOS-7D-L-Left-Handed-DSLR-Camera.aspx
Pricier than a point and shoot but there may be 1 out there.


Note the date: April 1.
It’s a hoax.
Exakta used to make film SLR’s with a left hand release, leaving the right hand to do the more delicate job of focusing, but that was decades ago..

I think using a remote would be the only solution. I’ve tried pistol grips on a Canon DSLR, but not found any that were well enough made to last more than a week.

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Sep 25, 2018 10:28:11   #
PeterBergh
 
How about turning the camera upside down? Obviously, this will not work on a tripod, but handheld should work.

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Sep 25, 2018 10:29:18   #
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Sep 25, 2018 10:33:48   #
krl48 Loc: South Cackalackee by way of NY & PA
 
This youtube video may offer some information useful to you and your grand daughter. Best to you both.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbDwXkr23Xk

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Sep 25, 2018 10:36:08   #
tomad Loc: North Carolina
 
Old Grey Beard wrote:
Is there any way she could use a remote shutter release?
I typed in left hand camera and this was one. https://www.the-digital-picture.com/Canon-Cameras/Canon-EOS-7D-L-Left-Handed-DSLR-Camera.aspx
Pricier than a point and shoot but there may be 1 out there.


That was an April Fools joke put out by that website on April 1st 2013. I don't think anyone makes a left handed digital camera.

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Sep 25, 2018 10:52:08   #
Quinn 4
 
No camera I known of. Being left handed I known the problem. Don't get her a Nikon, Nikon camera are made to be use by a right hand person only, having own two Nikon I found out the hard way. Maybe have something made that fit on her that would hold camera as she taking the picture. Don't give up.

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Sep 25, 2018 11:30:09   #
Kmgw9v Loc: Miami, Florida
 
Quinn 4 wrote:
No camera I known of. Being left handed I known the problem. Don't get her a Nikon, Nikon camera are made to be use by a right hand person only, having own two Nikon I found out the hard way. Maybe have something made that fit on her that would hold camera as she taking the picture. Don't give up.


Don't want to be rude; but that is ridiculous.

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Sep 25, 2018 12:21:51   #
Logan1949
 
mvetrano2 wrote:
Does any camera manufacturer that you know of make a left-handed camera (shutter release on left side)? My grand daughter had a stroke on the left side of her brain when she was born, and has little use of her right hand, but left hand functions normally. I bought her a simple point-and-shoot, but she has a very difficult time using it. She comes with me taking photos and would like to take them on her own. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Wow. Tough problem. I am not left handed, but tried out my Sony cameras to see how hard it would be to shoot with the left hand only. HX400V and RX10m3 are a no-go. the lenses are too wide to get my hand around. I would guess my hand is average for an adult --- 9 inches from thumb-tip to little-finger-tip. But I can get my left hand around the throat (where the lens meets the camera) of my A7Rm2 and the 90mm macro lens (or any smaller lens?). With the left hand only, I would probably stick to auto-focus-continuous (AF-C) and program "P". I can use either the LCD or EVF for composition; can turn the front dial to adjust the shutter/aperture selection; can take still pictures; can turn the camera from landscape to portrait; and my thumb can reach the focus-range and steady-shot switches. Yes, it is heavy for one hand. You would not need the RRS baseplate. I would suggest a short neck-strap to relieve the weight in your hand every few minutes.

The lens throat on this combination is 2 1/2 inches at the thumb and 3 inches at the fore-finger. That is about the largest size you would want to use, depending on the size of your hand. If you can use only 1 hand, you should stick to prime (non-zoom) lenses unless there is a zoom toggle switch within reach.
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Sep 25, 2018 12:40:00   #
JohnSwanda Loc: San Francisco
 
Quinn 4 wrote:
No camera I known of. Being left handed I known the problem. Don't get her a Nikon, Nikon camera are made to be use by a right hand person only, having own two Nikon I found out the hard way. Maybe have something made that fit on her that would hold camera as she taking the picture. Don't give up.


I'm left handed, and I've been shooting Nikons for about 50 years, and it never occurred to me I needed a left handed camera. I can't see why left handed people need a special camera, and it's probably not economically feasible to make them just for people whose right hand is disabled.

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Sep 25, 2018 12:41:58   #
JohnSwanda Loc: San Francisco
 
Quinn 4 wrote:
No camera I known of. Being left handed I known the problem. Don't get her a Nikon, Nikon camera are made to be use by a right hand person only, having own two Nikon I found out the hard way. Maybe have something made that fit on her that would hold camera as she taking the picture. Don't give up.


I'm left handed, and I've been shooting Nikons for about 50 years, and it never occurred to me I needed a left handed camera. I can't see why left handed people need a special camera, and it's probably not economically feasible to make them just for people whose right hand is disabled.

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Sep 25, 2018 12:47:20   #
wmurnahan Loc: Bloomington IN
 
My husband lost his right hand in a childhood accident and has learned to shoot with a twisted around left hand hold using a traditional small camera, but since getting a good cell phone specifically for it's camera he is having no problem shooting pictures and gets results rivaling many of mine shot on several thousands of dollars worth of equipment.

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Sep 25, 2018 16:47:51   #
BHC Loc: Strawberry Valley, JF, USA
 
mvetrano2 wrote:
Does any camera manufacturer that you know of make a left-handed camera (shutter release on left side)? My grand daughter had a stroke on the left side of her brain when she was born, and has little use of her right hand, but left hand functions normally. I bought her a simple point-and-shoot, but she has a very difficult time using it. She comes with me taking photos and would like to take them on her own. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Sorry, not since some of the older Exa'a (and possibly Exacta's). But no digitals. May I suggest a remote attached to her right wrist like a wristwatch - or one looped to the palm side of her left hand.

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Sep 26, 2018 05:30:28   #
John N Loc: HP14 3QF Stokenchurch, UK
 
In the U.K. we have the Disabled Photographers Society who MAY be able to offer some advice - otherwise I'd go with the remote and I'd possibly suggest a monopod or small base mounted handle with the remote secured to it so she doesn't have to fish around for it.

http://www.the-dps.co.uk/

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