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    Self-timer levers on classic cameras

    What do you think about the self-timer levers on many classic cameras?
    (the ones that are just to the side of the lens mount and point upwards)

    Personally, I cant stand them. They are in the exact wrong spot. On smaller cameras especially, they are exactly where I want to put my fingers to grip the camera.

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    I guess I never gave it much thought.
    Now I gotta go fondle all of my 35mm bodies and figure this out....darn!

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    From what I remember from lots of reading, you should avoid using the self timers on the old shutters, it leads to trouble. I have bought a couple Compur shutters that were locked up from someone trying to use the timer.

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    I think the worst example of lever placement (in this case a cocking lever) is on the Brick.Who thought up that?

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    In my experience, that was a Nikon thing (at least some models).

    Others (see very brief list below + Pentax, Russians, and many others) either had the self-timer placed outside the holding area or had it placed in another position eintirely.

    Not that with the Nikons it was a major problem (some doubled as AE-lock) - This just to avoid snide comments from some C* fans...
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    The Canon F1 has the self-timer/mirror lock in the grip area too, which is an annoyance.

    I have to agree about the cocking lever on the brick...that camera was not an ergonomic design in any way, shape, or form.

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    Never noticed a problem with it myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dracblau View Post
    The Canon F1 has the self-timer/mirror lock in the grip area too, which is an annoyance.

    I have to agree about the cocking lever on the brick...that camera was not an ergonomic design in any way, shape, or form.
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    Leica had the self timer lever there on the lllf. Don't remember Contax.
    Heavily sedated for your protection.

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    It has never bothered me on any of my cameras. Canon F-1/FTb and Nikon F are what I have. I have used it quite a bit on the F-1 in lieu of a cable release, along with mirror lockup. In fact, I find its location and design on the Canons to be very smart. Certainly ten times better than the Nikon F, which will cannot lock in manual aperture/DOF mode, and which has a mirror lockup that confused me to this day. (I just don't use it.) Normally I don't like combined multi-function controls, but in this case it is well designed and easy to use all the functions either together or separately. It is not anywhere near the "grip area" for me, as the one fellow above stated. I have to reach in quite a ways to hit the D of F preview.
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