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    Quote Originally Posted by MattKing View Post
    All the cameras that seem to have been designed for right-handed people - to the exclusion of the rest of us.

    Ever tried to hold and use either a modern AF film SLR or digital SLR with one hand only - the left hand?
    Southpaw here!!! I hear you, it's hard to use your less coordinated hand for something you need controle over. I manage to use my right hand, but it stil feels unnatural. On the other hand (pun intended) I taught myself to use my right hand for the computer mouse. Somehow that does feel natural.

    As for worst camera designs: to a non-apug-er, any analogue camera has a bad design. Where do you look at, right after you take a shot? And how do you remove a bad picture from the memory card? Ah well, at least we beat them all with the amount of MP's.

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    The worst design I have ever seen is the 5x4 camera I made a few years ago. It didn't fold up, had very limited movements and weighed as much as three anvils welded together. I hope MkII currently being constructed is better.


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    One camera I have always wanted but have never bought because of the design was the Fuji GS645 folder. I just know I would break the shutter linkage in the first ten minutes and don't forget the bellows. I didn't know bellows could be made out of tissue paper, but hey, the Fuji engineer that designed the shutter linkage didn't feel like stopping there. It was probably his last day on the job and was ticked off at upper management...

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    Quote Originally Posted by lxdude View Post
    I assumed it could mount in an accessory shoe-shows what I know about that!
    Here's the camera in question--

    http://www.speedgraphic.fr/Pressuk.html

    Not such a bad design in general, I'd add. Despite the size, it's fairly comfortable to hold and really quick to focus. Very impractical to shoot verticals with as an SLR, but there's no better way to get (horizontal) action shots on 5x7" film.
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    Any 35mm camera made by a Swiss looks like an ergonomics disaster...
    Using film since before it was hip.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Michel Hardy-Vallée View Post
    Any 35mm camera made by a Swiss looks like an ergonomics disaster...
    Can we add American (US companies).

    UK companies were poor just after WWII, but so were many others around the world.

    Edixa (Wirgin) have to be the poorest design/manufaturing capability, potentially excellent camera's dependant on the assemblers skills.

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    Zenits may be crude but they are extra cool these days apparently. The Exaktas have to be the very worst to use, ergonomics never entered into their equations at all! Funny thing is that I really like them...oh, and the Zenit too. Thing is I like being whipped as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Grant View Post
    Can we add American (US companies).

    UK companies were poor just after WWII, but so were many others around the world.

    Edixa (Wirgin) have to be the poorest design/manufaturing capability, potentially excellent camera's dependant on the assemblers skills.

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    Oh yes you can! Graflex and Kodak, the original Simmons Brothers Omega, I shudder...
    Using film since before it was hip.


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    I think the Exakta is an interesting design. Looks good on a shelf, but perhaps not so nice to use.

    “The contemplation of things as they are, without error or confusion, without substitution or imposture, is in itself a nobler thing than a whole harvest of invention”

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    Quote Originally Posted by cliveh View Post
    I think the Exakta is an interesting design. Looks good on a shelf, but perhaps not so nice to use.
    I had a VXIIa. Once you get used to it, it isn't awkward. There's a definite learning curve, though.



 

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