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Might seem like a silly question but

bigfeet

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bigfeet Registered since 02nd Apr 2010
Tue 06-Apr-10 06:40 AM

do you you use the tip of your finger to press the shutter release or do you lay your finger across it and use the meaty part towards the knuckle??

I like to use my finger tip but when i am shooting a lot, the finger gets cramped and sore. any thoughts or is this just dumb?

bigfeet

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#1. "RE: Might seem like a silly question but " | In response to Reply # 0

bigfeet Registered since 02nd Apr 2010
Tue 06-Apr-10 06:45 AM

Why doesn't anybody put the shutter release on the back of the camera where say a thumb could press it?

Seems like it would be better pushing forward than down for vibration control.

whirl85511dd

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whirl85511dd Registered since 29th Mar 2010
Tue 06-Apr-10 07:47 AM

I saw an interesting tip from Moose Peterson on this subject.

He advised to rest your shooting finger on the on/off switch lever and thn gently roll your finger over the button.

Ian

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gkaiseril

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#3. "RE: Might seem like a silly question but " | In response to Reply # 1

gkaiseril Gold Member Nikonian since 28th Oct 2005
Tue 06-Apr-10 04:14 PM | edited Tue 06-Apr-10 04:14 PM by gkaiseril

Tradition! When mechanical shutter releases were introduced, the were placed on the side of the lenses to allow for a short mechanical shutter release linkage. And the lenses were not interchangeable. Then when interchangeable lenses were introduced, the shutter release was moved to a location that did not require the photographers to change their shutter release habits.

Pushing with your thumb from behind could introduce a different movement of the camera.

Gently depressing, not pushing, the shutter release is like gently squeezing a rifle trigger, not pulling it. You need to use very little force for each and it takes practice to develop this basic skill.

But with the raised post on the 'On/Off' switch, one only needs to slide one's index finger or roll the index finger onto the shutter release and use very little force.

Why not use a squeeze bulb release or remote release?

Why not use a lens cap, or top hat, as a shutter?

George
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JosephK

Seattle, WA, US
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#4. "RE: Might seem like a silly question but " | In response to Reply # 3

JosephK Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006
Tue 06-Apr-10 06:08 PM

>Gently depressing, not pushing, the shutter release is like
>gently squeezing a rifle trigger, not pulling it. You need to
>use very little force for each and it takes practice to
>develop this basic skill.
>
>But with the raised post on the 'On/Off' switch, one only
>needs to slide one's index finger or roll the index finger
>onto the shutter release and use very little force.

Excellent description!

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Joseph K
Seattle, WA, USA

bigfeet

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bigfeet Registered since 02nd Apr 2010
Wed 07-Apr-10 05:07 AM

yep, i am starting to see the analogy works. they are very similar.

WD4MLA

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#6. "RE: Might seem like a silly question but " | In response to Reply # 0

WD4MLA Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Nov 2002
Fri 09-Apr-10 01:07 AM

I had never thought of this until your post. Today I was trying to see what would cramp your finger and the only way I could find anything uncomfortable was to use the very end of my finger and point down on the shutter.

I just lay my finger across and press with my finger print. No pain or cramping.

Jerry Jaynes
Great Smoky Mountains
of North Carolina

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