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Why are handgrips always on the right side?
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Jan 23, 2023 10:11:01   #
AndyT Loc: Hampstead, New Hampshire
 
An observation here, as I have no add-on handgrips on my cameras. Like many photographers out there, I am right-handed. So if we are able to spin dials, turn knobs and reset buttons easier with our right dominant hands, why is that hand tied up grabbing the grip? Wouldn't it make sense for manufacturers to offer an add-on hand grip that attaches to the left side of the camera instead? You can now hold the camera with your left hand instead, and make all
your adjustments with your dominant right hand.



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Jan 23, 2023 10:19:15   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
What percentage of the people are right-handed?
They put most of the commonly used controls so they may easily be used with the right hand thumb.

(Then they'd have to make and stock left and right grips, and a second camera body with the controls easily accessible with the left hand.)

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Jan 23, 2023 10:22:29   #
AndyT Loc: Hampstead, New Hampshire
 
Longshadow wrote:
What percentage of the people are right-handed?
They put most of the commonly used controls so they may easily be used with the right hand thumb.

(Then they'd have to make and stock left and right models.)


I see your point, but I'll bet if some company would be the first to offer them, they would sell well, maybe even better.

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Jan 23, 2023 10:24:43   #
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Its just inertia. Larger cameras typically had left side grips.

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Jan 23, 2023 10:24:55   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
AndyT wrote:
I see your point, but I'll bet if some company would be the first to offer them, they would sell well, maybe even better.

I'll guess the cost to manufacture/warehouse would outweigh the sales.
(Of all the people I know, maybe two are left handed.)

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Jan 23, 2023 10:29:35   #
BebuLamar
 
Many want to shoot with 1 hand. They don't need any controls except these
1. The shutter release button which can be activated with the right index finger while holding the grip.
2. The EC which many current model place it so it can be adjusted easily with the right thumb while holding the grip.

The left hand is only needed for the zoom sometimes.

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Jan 23, 2023 10:32:23   #
Festus Loc: North Dakota
 
AndyT wrote:
An observation here, as I have no add-on handgrips on my cameras. Like many photographers out there, I am right-handed. So if we are able to spin dials, turn knobs and reset buttons easier with our right dominant hands, why is that hand tied up grabbing the grip? Wouldn't it make sense for manufacturers to offer an add-on hand grip that attaches to the left side of the camera instead? You can now hold the camera with your left hand instead, and make all
your adjustments with your dominant right hand.
An observation here, as I have no add-on handgrips... (show quote)


About 10% of the worlds population is left-handed. Not much of an incentive. Most left-handers have adapted to living in a high-handed world.

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Jan 23, 2023 10:41:18   #
BebuLamar
 
I hold my camera with my left hand under the camera. When I adjust the shutter speed my right hand doesn't hold the camera. I use 2 fingers to turn the shutter speed dial. The left hand is for adjusting the aperture, the focus and zoom and cradle the camera too.
I don't want or need the right hand grip.

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Jan 23, 2023 12:37:14   #
PHRubin Loc: Nashville TN USA
 
I'm right handed. I don't know about you, but by the time I add the weight if the body, lens, strobe and bracket, my rig would be hard to support if I had to hold it with the left. In addition, holding with the right leaves my left free to adjust the zoom, and in the old days, the focus.

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Jan 23, 2023 14:23:45   #
mwsilvers Loc: Central New Jersey
 
AndyT wrote:
An observation here, as I have no add-on handgrips on my cameras. Like many photographers out there, I am right-handed. So if we are able to spin dials, turn knobs and reset buttons easier with our right dominant hands, why is that hand tied up grabbing the grip? Wouldn't it make sense for manufacturers to offer an add-on hand grip that attaches to the left side of the camera instead? You can now hold the camera with your left hand instead, and make all
your adjustments with your dominant right hand.
An observation here, as I have no add-on handgrips... (show quote)


Right handed grips are where they are because the great majority of shooters are right handed. If you are right handed than the camera is oriented correctly for you. I am not sure how you control your cameras, but most cameras are ergonomically designed so photographers can spin dials, turn knobs and push buttons, including the shutter, using their thumb or index finger, without ever taking their right hand off the grip or their eye off the viewfinder. The left hand supports the camera and lens. Most left handed people also accommodate to a right handed grip with no issues.

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Jan 23, 2023 16:16:43   #
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Longshadow wrote:
I'll guess the cost to manufacture/warehouse would outweigh the sales.
(Of all the people I know, maybe two are left handed.)

Reverse ratio for me. Im kinda picky about who I hang with.

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Jan 23, 2023 16:50:02   #
Retired CPO Loc: Travel full time in an RV
 
Festus wrote:
About 10% of the worlds population is left-handed. Not much of an incentive. Most left-handers have adapted to living in a high-handed world.


And not worth catering to! My wife is left handed!!

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Jan 23, 2023 17:54:36   #
Longshadow Loc: Audubon, PA, United States
 
User ID wrote:
Reverse ratio for me. Im kinda picky about who I hang with.


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Jan 23, 2023 18:48:46   #
Scruples Loc: Brooklyn, New York
 
AndyT wrote:
An observation here, as I have no add-on handgrips on my cameras….


First, there a plenty of items that are designed to be used by left handed people.
Some pens, markers and pencils are left handed. Coffee cups are left handed. Ladders and steering wheels are also left handed as well. I’m just kidding. One can buy a battery grip to extend the camera. Now you can use your left hand. One can buy a camera cage. That way you can hold the camera on the right or left.

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Jan 24, 2023 05:33:28   #
Ollieboy
 
Golf and bowling are 2 other activities that do not favor lefties.

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