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Sep 23, 2011 06:51 |  #1

I've had my 7D now for just a couple of days and still getting to know it. I am a recent Nikon D7000 convert and a user of bsck button focus. The placement of the Live View/Video button is almost exactly where the AF Lock button was on my D7000 - and I find myself constantly activating Live View in error instead of hitting the back Auto Focus button. I know I will get better at this over time, but for now, is there anyway to deactivate or re-purpose the Live View/Video button?

Any help/feedback is appreciated.

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Sep 23, 2011 07:37 |  #2

You have been infected with Nikon. The cure is multiple uses of your new 7D.

In the future stay away from the red light district and Nikon use.:D;):D;):lol:

Seriously, I don't know how to repurpose that button. Instead of that, I would just get used to the new camera configuration. Repurposing it will just delay your acclimation to Canon.


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Sep 23, 2011 07:46 |  #3

While there are many buttons that are customizable, that is not one of them.


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Sep 23, 2011 07:50 |  #4

Joel and Jason,

Thank you both for your quick responses. I am enjoying my 7D, but still learning lots about.

My next big chore: figuring out how to magically change my kit lens (18-135) to something a little faster! Otherwise, Canon life is good.

Thanks again.

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Sep 23, 2011 08:12 |  #5

wmcy wrote in post #13150126 (external link)
My next big chore: figuring out how to magically change my kit lens (18-135) to something a little faster! Otherwise, Canon life is good.

Wm.

No magic there. Just money. One cheap fast lens is the 50mm f1.8 for around $100. Most any photog can aford that one, and it is actually a good lens for the money.

When the money is there get the 17-55mm f2.8, and you will fall in love.


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Sep 23, 2011 08:19 |  #6

Thanks Joel. The 50 1.8 is a great idea. I planned to wait to afford the Sigma 50 1.4, but the 1.8 may be a good short-term route for now.

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Sep 23, 2011 08:33 |  #7

wmcy wrote in post #13150257 (external link)
Thanks Joel. The 50 1.8 is a great idea. I planned to wait to afford the Sigma 50 1.4, but the 1.8 may be a good short-term route for now.

Wm.

I sold my canon 50 1.8 when I got my Sigma 50 1.4. Some people get the sigma and find it doesn't focus properly. However, mine was perfect, and I like that lens very much.

Since I got my 17-55 2.8, it stays on my 7D 95% of the time.


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Sep 23, 2011 08:37 |  #8

Great feedback. Thank you.


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Sep 23, 2011 09:02 |  #9

Faster walkaround lens, i like Tamron 28-75 f2.8. Sharpness, bokeh and colors are quite good. But of course, if money is not a problem, there's always EF 24-70 f2.8.


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Sep 23, 2011 09:41 |  #10

Where the 7D's live view button is where Nikon placed their AF button??? That's quite a stretch, unless you've got ET fingers. It's doable but not very comfortable (for me at least) to do.

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Sep 23, 2011 09:50 |  #11

Julian, the D7000 is considerably smaller. At least for me, wasn't a stretch at all.


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Sep 23, 2011 10:26 |  #12

On my 7D, I separate the AF from Metering, repurposing the * button for AF, and shutter button for Metering. I don't recall seeing the same option for the Live View button though.


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Sep 23, 2011 11:01 |  #13

cfcRebel wrote in post #13150800 (external link)
On my 7D, I separate the AF from Metering, repurposing the * button for AF, and shutter button for Metering. I don't recall seeing the same option for the Live View button though.

Me too... I basically swapped the functions of the "AF On" and * buttons. (* activates AF, AF On activates AE Lock).

The * button is bigger and a little more outboard, just seems to fall under my thumb better. But mainly I did this because on older cameras that I've used, and on some of the earlier battery grips, there wasn't an AF On button... so the only choice was to use the * button. Kinda got in the habit.

OP, I think it's just a matter of getting accustomed to the new camera. It probably will become second nature with a little more practice, to use the right button to activate AF. There's always a bit of a learning curve going from one camera to another, even model to model within one brand...

I used to use 50D alongside 5DII. It always concerned me that the image replay and the image delete buttons were in the same place on these two models. I can't recall ever accidentally erasing an image, though.

The 7D is highly customizable, but the Live View button isn't one of the assignable buttons. However, if you don't use it much, you can go into the menu and disable Live View... so the button will do nothing when you accidentally press it.


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Sep 23, 2011 11:06 |  #14

All,

Thanks for the great advice and feedback. This forum is proving to be invaluable as I learn my 7D.

Alan, thanks for the hint re disabling the Live View button. I don't use it at all now, so I'll do just that. Didn't know that was possible.

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Sep 23, 2011 13:41 |  #15

wmcy wrote in post #13150635 (external link)
Julian, the D7000 is considerably smaller. At least for me, wasn't a stretch at all.

before getting the 7D I compared with the D7000. couldn't get past the size difference.

and who says size doesn't matter


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