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Canon To Charge For Locking Your Camera

David Gilbert


Canon To Charge For Locking Your Camera

I guess this is a judgement call, but on the surface it seems as if Canon are trying to make some money out of the fact that two of its cameras are lacking a feature which a lot of people would require.

Announced today on the Canon website, though not as yet on the UK website, and effective from December 6, Canon will start to provide – as a chargeable service – a locking mode dial modification for the EOS 5D MarkII and EOS 7D digital single-lens reflex cameras.

This modification is available, for a fee of $100, to owners of these cameras who would prefer a Mode Dial which locks in place and can’t be accidentally moved during normal camera operation. Which we guess is pretty much everyone really but how many people would like this feature for an added $100 is open to debate. We don’t want to say that we think this feature should possibly have been available as standard on the 5D and 7D – but maybe owners out there might think so.

We’re not sure how wide spread (if at all) this problem is among EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 7D owners but the fact that Canon has even offered this service means it has received a sizeable amount of complaints about it in the US at least. Once modified, users must first press and hold down the central lock-release button in order to turn the Mode Dial. The modification is intended to prevent the Mode Dial from accidentally moving, once set to a particular exposure mode by the user.

We await confirmation that the service will be offered in areas outside the US but if you want some more information in the mean time, have a look at the Canon USA website.


December 2, 2010, 3:27 pm

That looks really awkward to me. But I suppose there's no other way of doing it without modifying the body.

Wouldn't it be simpler (and cheaper) to modify the firmware to give some sort of alert, a loud beep for example, when the mode is changed?

Steve Austin

December 2, 2010, 5:17 pm

Is a non-locking dial really a problem? I don't know how different the 5D/7D models are from my 40D, but I've never accidentally jogged that particular dial... My 2c :-)


December 2, 2010, 5:36 pm

This is such a non-story, or it really should be.

How one can acidentally move the mode dial is beyond me, unless they are particularly flimsy or easy to move on Canon DSLRs, or the user is particularly heavy-handed. For something that, in my experience, is very difficult to do, then why should the locking mechanism have been included in the first-place? The only times I have had the dial in the wrong position on my Sony DSLRs is when I have been using a different mode than usual and I've forgotten to move it back to its usual position myself.

Just be thankful Canon have offered the modification at all. I don't see why anyone should grumble at having to pay $100 for a hardware modification where the need for existence is highly debatable.

Hans Gruber

December 3, 2010, 1:02 am

Metalex et al, agreed. If the dial's set wrong, it's usually makes itself pretty plain after a couple of shots when you try and change either the aperture or shutter value. Why anyone would need a lock switch is beyond me really. If they do desire such a modification then make 'em pay, I say. Far too many whingers out there, especially in the... Oh no, best not go there.

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