30 Apr The Answer Is Right/Left To Hand
Yesterday I was discussing camera operation with one of our clients – he had just finished a trip to take surfing and landscape shots up through some wild country in the Dutch East Indies.
He was using a couple of the bigger DSLR bodies for his work, and was very successful in his capture – the surfing shots are perfectly timed and the village and lagoon images are wonderful art. All good for him, but he mentioned the difficulty he had in trying to operate a camera while he was travelling on a motorcycle.
The M/C had a throttle on the right handlebar and trying to operate a standard DSLR while controlling the bike sounded like a juggler’s nightmare. Lucky he and the cameras are still in one piece. Right-hand operation being the absolute for all cameras now, he was in trouble.
Readers will remember that film Exakta cameras were left-hand operation, but this was a long while ago and a long way away. No-one seems to have been inclined to repeat the design for the digital era.
Puzzling – the operation of digital cameras is electronic. That means the shot is done with the closing of an electrical switch. It might then cause a lot of electronic commands inside but it starts with two bits of metal touching because you pushed your forefinger down.
Well, you can push your left forefinger down as well as you can your right one. More particularly, if the little designers in Japan can make a bolt-on camera grip with a trigger that sits on the right of the camera, they can make one for the left hand side as well. All it’s gotta do is close that first circuit…
AND WOULDN’T THAT BE A HELLUVA WAY TO GRAB THE CAMERA MARKET AWAY FROM YOUR COMPETITORS?
You could dial into 30% of the population right there and you wouldn’t have to redesign the main body. Just make a LHS grip with a switch.
GO, Boys. DO it. And remember that I could use another trip to Japan as a thank-you for the idea…