howlin_mad wrote in post #15416340
Thank you so very much
. From a usability perspective, I have no idea why this is not set by default.
These modern cameras are pretty configurable, and there are a variety of options to configure the camera to your needs - this is great for power users, but often complex and overwhelming for new, or less sophisticated users.
I guess when Canon are setting up the defaults, given that there are a variety of users buying a 7D or 5D from experienced through to new enthusiasts, they figure it's easier to turn off some of the advanced stuff and let the pro users go hunting for them when they need those features, than bamboozle new users with a million options. Let's face it, a new user is probably not going to be wanting to be shifting manual focus points around from day one until they've been shooting for a while and learn those techniques - while it's essential for an experienced shooter.
As another example, by default the 7D ships with only the automatic focus point modes enabled - fine for new users, but the first thing an experienced user is going to change by enabling the manual focus point modes etc.
In short, I'm happy those features are there than not at all, and it's why, if you are serious about improving your shooting workflow, it's worth going through the manual bit by bit and understanding what, why and how *every feature* and configurable option works, try them out a few at a time, and work the most useful ones into your workflow...