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    Exakta had an interesting design for the self timer. The VX had 2 shutter speed dials. One for fast speeds and one for slow speeds. The self timer is on the slow dial marked in red and could be used for exposures up to 6 seconds. Totally mechanical and a bit archaic but I still use 3 of them. Very solid engineering from the early 50's.

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    I used the self timer along with mirror lock on the Nikon F quite a bit especially with fisheye lenses and for night exposures. Worked very well and the location never ever gave me a problem or concern. I used the feature on the Leica M3 much less often but I do miss it on the M6 and M7!-Dick

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    I agree with you that, especially in some Nikon models, that lever was not at the best place. Nikon corrected this on the F3 when the lever was placed at the base of the shutter speed dial. But, that wasn't good enough (to me) because that tiny lever is extremely hard to operate for normal-sized fingers. The Nikon engineers must have small hands...

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    I shoot with Nikon FM, Leica M3, and Canon New F-1 most of the time, and the self-timer lever position has never been an issue for me.

    Meanwhile, the reason I don't really feel comfortable using SLR type AF cameras whether film or digital, is that they have way too many bottons and whatever on their bodies...

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    Self-timers only really bother me when they don't work. In my experience many Japanese TLRs have non-functioning ones.

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    The self timer on my F-1 and FTb was never a concern for me. It might be a problem but I never used it much.

    Jeff

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    When it comes to self-timer placement/location, the self-timer on the Olympus Pen-FT is exactly where it should be. High, out-of-the-way, easily seen and accessible. Of course this camera exemplifies what can be created when pure genius is allowed to flourish unabated.

    http://www.cameraquest.com/olypenf.htm
    http://www.dantestella.com/technical/penf.html
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    I have never had any problem... apart from my Nikon FM2n; so much so that I took it off and fabricated a smaller one which my fingers did not touch. Strange had no problems with a Nikon F or F2 which I have brought since them.

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    funny, I like where they're located, wish modern cameras had a button for it there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Kennedy View Post
    I think the worst example of lever placement (in this case a cocking lever) is on the Brick.Who thought up that?
    Good morning, Mike;

    Yes, there is indeed the probability that you will "alter" the selected shutter speed timing on the Argus C3 (the "Brick") by having one of your fingers in the way when the cocking lever rotates back to its "uncocked" position. I have done this with my venerable samples here.

    Regarding the use of the self-timer lever on many older Compur and Seikosha shutters, my local friendly camera tech also recommends not using it or the "V" position on those older shutters.
    Enjoy;

    Ralph Javins, Latte Land, Washington

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