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...