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Thread: Rule of thumb?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ole
    Look at my avatar...

    That's a 5x7" Technika: Left hand on strap, right hand under the bed while fiddling the focus knob. Problem is finding a third hand for the dark slide, and a fourth for the cable release!
    I suppose you could learn to pull the dark slide with your teeth. And then, how about an electro-mechanical shutter release you could short out with your tongue?
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    I did find a solution...

    After focusing, adjusting shift et cetera my arms were getting really tired. But before resting I took a sighting along one corner of the camera, so I knew that if i pointed the camera in the same place I would get the scene I had planned.

    So while resting my arms, I inserted the film holder, closed shutter, set time and aperture, mount air release. Then lift camera, pull dark slide with right hand, put it under the handy clip on the back, aim, and stomp on the release bulb.

    Result: http://www.bruraholo.no/bilder/handheld.jpg
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    To get back to the original question:

    I shoot a variety of cameras. Some were "uncomfortable" until i realised there is no law that you have to use the right index finger! I often use the right ring finger with small cameras, especially the Bessa-L which I don't really need to aim. I hold the whole thing in one hand, with the ring finger resting on the release...

    The Bronica ETRS I use the long finger, except in portraid which is best with the index finger. Some old folders are definitely easiest with the thumb - plate cameras especially so.
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    It's good to hear that we're all fingers and thumbs depending on the camera and if using a cable

    But seriously, many thanks for your replies everyone I'm learning an amazing amount about different types of camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ole
    So while resting my arms, I inserted the film holder, closed shutter, set time and aperture, mount air release. Then lift camera, pull dark slide with right hand, put it under the handy clip on the back...
    So that's what the clip is for. I always use Grafmatics for 4x5", so it never occurred to me.
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