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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 eddym View Post
    Never noticed a problem with it myself.
    Ditto.

    Are we talking about an Operator Assisted Failure here?

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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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