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Jul 31, 2011 11:41 |  #1

I need a place to vent. I've had it. I've researched the topic of mode dials extenssively and the overall consensus is that people don't have issues with the mode dial and thus can't justify spending 100 dollars to have Canon add a mode dial lock. I am in the latter camp of those that desperately need a mode dial lock. The need really hit home for me yesterday after shooting a 14 hour wedding and running into the problem as many as 4 or 5 times.

Maybe it's because I don't use a camera strap and I handle the camera body more than I would if I did use a strap. I recall shooting the ceremony and suddenly hearing a lag in my shutter length - I looked down and saw I was in bulb mode and wondered HOW THE HELL?? A simple brush of my thumb perhaps. I don't know.. I don't feel it happen, I don't hear it happen. Either the odd sound of the shutter tells me, or worst case, chimping the LCD tells me.

Doing portraits, I was in a situation where AV mode was of best use (most of my portraits are manually set), we had 5 minutes left in our session, I was tearing through the photos - I typically check the dial mode position out of habit and total distrust of my handling the camera properly - and discovered after the fact that, at some point, I managed to switch into manual mode and underexposed a series of very nice portraits... TRASHED.

Work isn't slowing down and giving me the breather I need to have the camera sent out for modding. I can have the 7D take over in the mean time, I suppose. I just don't like the IQ compared to the 5D.

I'm not really posting this for the sake of seeking suggestions. I'm a competent enough problem solver and I know I will soon have this one nipped in the bud at some point. I merely needed a place to rant over these tireless experiences and hoped that maybe someone else reading this could relate with the issue. The mode dial seems to be incredibly susceptible to turning accidentally. I can't help but wonder that that this is a far more common issue than people on POTN appear to be experiencing.

Please, feel free to share your experiences...


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Jul 31, 2011 11:47 |  #2

My left hand is typically UNDER the camera lens so its no where near the mode dial unless I'm changing modes. Maybe you could put some gaffer's tape over it.




  
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Jul 31, 2011 11:50 |  #3

Just to commiserate, at least a bit, I've had the same problem a few times. Nothing as vital as your situation - shooting was for personal use - but I do get where you're coming from. It's not the most intuitive thing to check when shooting, and it would be nice if the dial were a bit firmer to turn, so brushing it wouldn't change modes.

Or a lock. Which, knowing me, I'd forget to set.


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Jul 31, 2011 12:48 |  #4

I sometimes find the mode has changed, too.

However, if you simply take a look at the viewfinder display and monitor the Exposure Level Indicator to ensure that the EC setting is where you expect it to be, and you also make mental note of the shutter speed displayed, you would realize when improper settings provide evidence of a wrong mode setting.


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Jul 31, 2011 12:54 as a reply to  @ Wilt's post |  #5

I do end up in bulb mode sometimes. I always, always shoot in manual so I quickly see if something is amiss.

Also, just to put it out the 1D series doesn't have the dial - so no problems there!


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Jul 31, 2011 13:05 |  #6

I shoot sports and hate that my 7D has a dial since I generally have it on as a second body.


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Jul 31, 2011 13:16 |  #7

Get a 1D series body. To change the shooting mode you have to press a button then turn a dial; there's no way to change it accidentally.


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Jul 31, 2011 18:13 |  #8

PixelMagic wrote in post #12852899 (external link)
Get a 1D series body.

Do you work for the government?

Nothing like a $5,000 solution to a user error problem.

When handled properly (left hand under the lens), your hand shouldn't come anywhere near the mode dial. You'll need to figure out what you're doing that bumps it.

Good Luck!


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Jul 31, 2011 19:37 |  #9

I place a small strip of gaffers tape over the dial. It solved the problem for me


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Jul 31, 2011 22:15 |  #10

Curtis N wrote in post #12854057 (external link)
Do you work for the government?

Nothing like a $5,000 solution to a user error problem.

When handled properly (left hand under the lens), your hand shouldn't come anywhere near the mode dial. You'll need to figure out what you're doing that bumps it.

Good Luck!

I take it you have never shot with a second or third body. Ignorance is bliss.


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Jul 31, 2011 22:15 |  #11

Pearlallica wrote in post #12852434 (external link)
I can't help but wonder that that this is a far more common issue than people on POTN appear to be experiencing.

Please, feel free to share your experiences...

Sorry to say that I have never, ever had this issue...


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Jul 31, 2011 22:17 |  #12

I hate this. The most.


I was just telling a guy today how the mode dial on the 7D is the one thing that makes me want a Nikon.


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Aug 01, 2011 07:11 as a reply to  @ Sam6644's post |  #13

Its easy to blame Canon I guess. These dials don't move on their own. I can honestly say I have never had this issue. If you handle the camera so that the dial is getting moved then isn't incumbent on the user to change the way they handle their camera.


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Aug 01, 2011 07:17 |  #14

ajaffe wrote in post #12854983 (external link)
I take it you have never shot with a second or third body. Ignorance is bliss.

Your assumption is incorrect, and your insult is uncalled for. I carry two cameras quite often, and sometimes a third lens in a waste pouch.

One of them is a 1D series body, and one of them isn't.

I've never had a problem with inadvertently changing the mode dial, but if I ever do, I can assure you I'll find a solution for less than the cost of a 1D Mk IV.


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Aug 01, 2011 08:07 |  #15

Just out of curiosity why is this suddenly a big deal, seems more like a gimmick. I have shot with various models of DSLR's and had very little if any problems with the mode dial.

But my curiosity is how many other brands of SLR or DSLR have even had a locking mode dial?


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