Why are there no cameras with viewfinder on the right?

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Joe186
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Re: Left-eye-dominant left-hander
In reply to Rexgig0, 11 months ago

Rexgig0 wrote:

I am left-eye dominant, which is one big reason I prefer cameras that have the viewfinder mounted high, so my right eye is not blocked by the camera body. This assumes horizontal/landscape orientation, of course; vertical portrait blocks neither of my eyes, though my portrait orientation is, of course, opposite that of a right-hander, which is one reason "gripped" cameras have never particulary appealed to me, except for the added battery capacity.

I am left-handed, but operating the shutter with my right index finger has never been a problem. Photography is a two-handed endeavor, anyway, with plenty of things for each hand to be doing.

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I wear a badge and pistol, and, primarily with 7D cameras, with 10-22mm and 100mm Macro L lenses, shoot evidentiary images at night, which incorporates elements of portrait, macro, still life, landscape, architecture, PJ, and occasional action.

By right-eyed, I got a little mixed up. The V-1’s viewfinder is a tiny bit to the right (I have one). As far as holding the 4500 upside-down, it’s a bit strange, but it’s all I can think of for a standard viewfinder.

Other than that, the only other possibility I can come up with, are those optional viewfinders that clip into the flash shoe of some high end compacts and mirrorless. They’re centrally located, but perched on top of the camera.

You can check out most offerings here.

http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/EP2/EP2A.HTM

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Re: Left-eye-dominant left-hander
In reply to Joe186, 11 months ago

Yes, those add-on EVFs, that attach to the hot shoe, are quite attractive, in my opinion, especially the ones that pivot upwards, such as the one marketed by Leica for the X2. The most recent shoe-mount EVF from Olympus seems to be well-regarded by such reviewers as Ming Thein.

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Left-eye shooting is politically suspect (nt)
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Re: Left-eye-dominant left-hander
In reply to Rexgig0, 11 months ago

Rexgig0 wrote:

Yes, those add-on EVFs, that attach to the hot shoe, are quite attractive, in my opinion, especially the ones that pivot upwards, such as the one marketed by Leica for the X2. The most recent shoe-mount EVF from Olympus seems to be well-regarded by such reviewers as Ming Thein.

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I wear a badge and pistol, and, primarily with 7D cameras, with 10-22mm and 100mm Macro L lenses, shoot evidentiary images at night, which incorporates elements of portrait, macro, still life, landscape, architecture, PJ, and occasional action.

Can’t beat a Leica! For a throw around though, a DSC-V1 definitely worth the $50-$100 investment. Took this shot with mine.

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In reply to John Pennington, 11 months ago

......., it's probably because modern Digital cams follow the shape of film cams, and SLRs had the right-thumb-operated film wind mechanism on the right. No room for a viewfinder there, and it would interfere with the right hand/thumb, or vice versa.

Interestingly, with the lack of film, there is no need for that shape (see video-cams) but the cams probably would not sell, because most people are traditionalists. (Think of many of the early autos, engine/horse in the front, people in the back, when there was no need for that arrangement any more. Yet, it's still with us.)

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Re: Why are there no cameras with viewfinder on the right?
In reply to Nigel Wilkins, 11 months ago

Nigel Wilkins wrote:

I would imagine left eyed people are in a minority, so the manufacturers don't want to start catering for you & increasing their costs for the minority.

It's all about demand & profit.

Many companies can maintain profit catering to market niches by becoming the leader in a very small market. If you could make a camera that every lefteyed photographer would buy, then I think you could make a profit.

So maybe it's not about market economics, but about racism against lefteyed people?

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Re: Why are there no cameras with viewfinder on the right?
In reply to domina, 11 months ago

domina wrote:

Nigel Wilkins wrote:

I would imagine left eyed people are in a minority, so the manufacturers don't want to start catering for you & increasing their costs for the minority.

It's all about demand & profit.

Many companies can maintain profit catering to market niches by becoming the leader in a very small market. If you could make a camera that every lefteyed photographer would buy, then I think you could make a profit.

So maybe it's not about market economics, but about racism against lefteyed people?

In the Land of the Blind, the One Eyed Man is King.

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Because most people have their nose on the left...
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Re: Why are there no cameras with viewfinder on the right?
In reply to John Pennington, 11 months ago

I'm one of those weird people who give designers the shits: Right handed, but left eye dominate. That means that with most modern DSLRs I end up mashing my nose against the LCD screen, but I would hate having to use a left-handed control layout that would most likely be needed for a left-eyed viewfinder. It just feels weird and uncomfortable holding my camera up to my right eye, but being left-eyed isn't a huge problem with DSLRs, just means I need to clean the LCD screen a little more often.

Oddly enough, I shoot archery left-handed (and left-eye dominate).

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