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Feb 18, 2013 11:25 |  #1
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There is another thread going about the rear-wheel lock not working on a 60D. That made me curious. I have a 60D, 5D and Elan 7NE. I don't use the rear-wheel lock on any of them, ever. I tried it and don't like it. I'll risk the occasional mistake over not having access to the wheel when I want/need it. I assume the feature would not be there if lots of shooters hadn't demanded it.

Please comment about the rear-wheel lock. Do you use it: never, sometimes, always?


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Feb 18, 2013 11:36 |  #2

Never have used it. For the same reason that TSchrief gave: I don't want to lose the time that it takes to unlock it, and potentially miss a good shot. Because by that point I probably would have tried to adjust the wheel, realized that it wasn't working, have to unlock it, then adjust again and compose. I like to reduce as many steps as possible.


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3leggeddog wrote in post #15623517 (external link)
Never have used it. For the same reason that TSchrief gave: I don't want to lose the time that it takes to unlock it, and potentially miss a good shot. Because by that point I probably would have tried to adjust the wheel, realized that it wasn't working, have to unlock it, then adjust again and compose. I like to reduce as many steps as possible.

That is EXACTLY what happens to me. I tried it, and using it messed up WAY more shots than not using it ever did.


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Feb 18, 2013 11:43 |  #4

I have a 5D2, and find it very annoying that I have to go 2 clicks to turn the camera on and off, since I want my wheel always unlocked. There's no way around this, is there?


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Feb 18, 2013 11:55 |  #5

I sometimes use it when I shoot full manual using the same settings over a longer period of time. The back wheel has got quite easy to turn over the years on my 5Dc from 2005 so it's nice to be able to lock it.




  
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Feb 18, 2013 13:25 |  #6

I use it all the time to lock in shutter speeds in manual mode so I can freely adjust the aperture. Works well in weddings and motorsports


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Feb 18, 2013 13:40 |  #7

Yes, I use it all the time... see the other thread.


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Feb 18, 2013 14:17 |  #8

Nope I never use it.

On a side note I recently bought my wife a 60d and can't understand why anyone would ever need the mode lock button either, makes no sense to me.


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Feb 18, 2013 14:21 |  #9

On my 10D, I the wheel was easy to move with a slight bump of the thumb or nose.. I accidentally spoiled a few shots doing this and not noticing that the exposure settings had changed.. I've had my 7D for a couple of years now and have never accidentally moved the wheel... I don't know why for sure.. I guess it's a bit tighter or in a bit better position. I can't comment on the 60D

I prefer to leave the wheel unlocked, because it's a pain to have to take the extra step of unlocking it when needed.




  
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Feb 18, 2013 14:24 |  #10

hwan wrote in post #15623543 (external link)
I have a 5D2, and find it very annoying that I have to go 2 clicks to turn the camera on and off, since I want my wheel always unlocked. There's no way around this, is there?

keep it on all the time. It goes to sleep anyways.


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Feb 18, 2013 14:25 |  #11

BTW, I have used it several times but always by accident. I go to use the real wheel and nothing. Takes me a moment or two to figure out what happened.


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Feb 18, 2013 14:33 as a reply to  @ gjl711's post |  #12

Like most here, I've always been in the all-or-nothing camp. Never used the mid-position. What's not to like about having instant exposure compensation in Av or Tv? But I'm 85% in Manual, so it's a no=brainer to have the switch up the full whack.


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Feb 18, 2013 14:35 |  #13

carcrafter22 wrote in post #15624119 (external link)
Nope I never use it.

On a side note I recently bought my wife a 60d and can't understand why anyone would ever need the mode lock button either, makes no sense to me.

The mode dial lock drive me up the wall. I had (still have, actually) an A2 and the lock broke twice on that. I then had a 5D2 and got used to not having the lock. Now, with the 5D3, I haven't regained the habit of using the lock and I'm constantly trying to twist the locked dial. I'm afraid I do this so much that I'm going to end up breaking it just as happened with my A2.




  
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Feb 18, 2013 14:53 |  #14

Guess I'm one of the odd ones that uses and requires the lock every day.


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Feb 18, 2013 14:59 |  #15
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panicatnabisco wrote in post #15623920 (external link)
I use it all the time to lock in shutter speeds in manual mode so I can freely adjust the aperture. Works well in weddings and motorsports

You lock the rear wheel and can adjust aperture while shutter speed is fixed? Is there a custom function to switch front and rear dials? None of my bodies can do that! I think it would just confuse me, anyway. Lots of things do these days.


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