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    In my school days I was a left-winger. I held pens awkwardly. Sometime around the early 1980s I went from left-wing to right-wing (probably from breaking left wrist on my home-made billycart) and stayed that way. I can still write fluently with my left hand as well as my right. Can't imagine at all using a camera with left-side controls. Oddly, the film in my pinhole camera is loaded from right to left, and the leader isn't tapered. It strikes me as an alien concept and I do find loading this way awkward and sort of unnatural.

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    The trays in my darkroom run right to left.

    And I use my left hand to focus, set exposure and release the shutter on my OM cameras (right hand holds the camera and winds the film).
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    Quote Originally Posted by MattKing View Post
    The trays in my darkroom run right to left.

    And I use my left hand to focus, set exposure and release the shutter on my OM cameras (right hand holds the camera and winds the film).

    Ditto (apart from using OM's...). I was originally a leftie, but my Dad was still in the conformist "Lefties are bad" camp, so forced me to use my right from as early as I could hold a pencil... now my handwriting looks like a five year olds, no matter which hand I use! ...still love my Pa though...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Photo Engineer View Post
    When film was very expensive, 35mm cassettes came with paper leader with all of the film stored in the cassette. Sometimes there were instructions on the leader. The leader was tapered for easy insertion of the tongue into the take up spool. When they began using the film as leader, I assume that they kept it tapered for 2 reasons. 1 was that cameras were already built that way and 2 was that it was a tiny economy measure. Remember that the leading taper creates two leading tapers when punched out for 2 rolls of film. So, the cut is 2 tapers at one punch and you have 2 rolls ready to spool.

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    so the paper was replaced by film .. and they didn't change the way the spools were made ...
    kind of sounds similar to the question "why is 4x5 sheet film smaller than 4x5" "

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnanian View Post
    ...kind of sounds similar to the question "why is 4x5 sheet film smaller than 4x5" "
    Probably for the same reason 2x4's are not 2 inches by 4 inches.

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