Left-eyed shooters are apparently upset with Canon over the EOS RP

Apr 1, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Left-eyed shooters are apparently upset with Canon over the EOS RP

Apr 1, 2019

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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I’m a left-eyed shooter. I’ve just come to accept the fact that my LCD screen’s (assuming digital) gonna get covered in nose sweat and other crap when I shoot. It’s a pain, but I’ve dealt with it for 20 years, and I’ll just keep on dealing with it. One thing I haven’t had to deal with so far, though, is a camera with a touchscreen LCD.

Photographer and YouTuber, Michael Andrew has strong feelings about it, though. He feels that left-eyed shooters are hindered by touchscreen issues when shooting the Canon EOS RP, causing it to throw off your autofocus point and miss a lot of shots. But it’s not just the EOS RP he has a problem with. He’s also seen this issue with the EOS R, EOS M50 and the Sony A6400.

The issue Michael describes has been noted by others, too. Shutterbug mentioned it in their first impressions of the EOS RP article, and their review of the EOS R. I’ve also seen this pop up from time to time in various Facebook groups, too. According to a poll amongst Michael’s audience left-eyed shooters accounts for approximately 35% of them.

Personally, for me, being a left-eyed shooter all these years has been fantastic. Particularly after discovering Joe McNally’s Da Grip video. The methods he mentions in that video have allowed me to get some very nice, stable, handheld shots at low shutter speeds.

I typically only use the centre AF point to lock focus in single AF or to grab initial focus and then left it track the subject moving the point automatically when in continuous AF mode. So, if I couldn’t reliably do that on a camera, then that would definitely cause me some issues as a left-eyed shooter.

As none of my cameras has a touchscreen LCD, as I mentioned, this isn’t an issue rune ran into personally yet. But Michael suggests some possible solutions and workarounds. So, if you’re also a left-eyed shooter, and considering a camera with a touchscreen, it might be worth having a watch.

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6 responses to “Left-eyed shooters are apparently upset with Canon over the EOS RP”

  1. Paul H Avatar
    Paul H

    I am left handed/left eyed and I use a canon 80D with a touch screen. Most of my photos are taken on a tripod using the screen purely for fine tuning focus, and shooting mostly in manual mode I use the screen to check my settings. On the occasions that I use the view finder, I don’t find any issues. I always clean the screen after use anyway as it can leave finger marks.
    So from my experiences I don’t see an issue unless you are polarized to another brand and looking for an excuse to have a go at the competition.

  2. Tj Ó Seamállaigh Avatar
    Tj Ó Seamállaigh

    I’m left handed/ left eyed, but I didn’t use RP not any touch screen camera. However, logically speaking, from the beginning of the video he showed a poll result, and the right-eyed percentage is significantly more than 50% in participation. So, logically, why would any company make something on a large scale for mass marketing depending on the results of the minority in any study or poll? Yes, they might start a side-line for a specific group of people (e.g. left handed people, left eyed people or whatever) but the main marketing venture would be for the majority, naturally.

  3. Dustin Wood Avatar
    Dustin Wood

    This was me too. Right handed, but shoot with my left eye. My nose was touching the screen and moving AF. What I did to fix it was mapping the physical lock switch on top to lock touch input when locked. I didn’t want to completely disable touch screen, even though I’ll probably never use it.

    The other thing about this camera that drives me nuts is the lens adapter with the ring. Since aperture and speed have the own dials, the only one that didn’t was ISO, so I mapped the new ring to ISO. The problem is that if you ever go too fast of an ISO (Smaller than 100) it gets to Auto ISO, and then you can’t leave auto until you open the menu and get it out. You can still change the ISO with the ring, BUT change your lighting and it will override what you’ve selected.

  4. Sayedul Avatar
    Sayedul

    This is a very controversial topic to talk on. Whatever cannon tried to do here is something unique and mostly it was done thinking about the majority. So its pointless to talk on these topics in my opinion. Lets just try to appreciate cannon’s work.

    1. Kaouthia Avatar
      Kaouthia

      “its pointless to talk on these topics”

      Yet here you are, talking about it. :)

      1. Sayedul Avatar
        Sayedul

        Right you are! Thanks.