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5D "serious design flaw"

Paul Hart , Oct 15, 2005; 03:19 a.m.

Still feeling very precious about my shiny new 5D, I was alarmed to the point of needing months of psychotherapy to see that Michael Reichmann had posted a letter on his site from someone who is apparently a big cheese in the digi world, pointing out what the author considers to be a 'a serious design flaw in the new Canon 5D'.

Trembling with dread, I read on, expecting to learn that the focussing system would zap lasers into my eye and fry my retina.

However, it amounts to this. Assume you have saved some settings in the 'C' mode and are shooting in that mode. While shooting, you adjust (say) the aperture from the one you have saved in 'C' mode. You stop shooting, and after the user-defined period the camera nods off to sleep. When you reactivate it by pressing the trigger, it reverts back to the 'saved' C settings rather than the adjusted one you left it at before it went to sleep.

That's it. You can read it for yourself at http://luminous-landscape.com/essays/5d-gotcha.shtml

As for me, I think I need a lie down.


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Tapas Maiti , Oct 15, 2005; 03:27 a.m.

I too have bought a 5D but realising the extent of hyper exageration on the site read it with amusement.

90% of the stuff on an auto SLR is complete junk, I don't even bother with the manuals - what do you need to take a picture afterall - set exposure, compose focus and shoot! Sometimes when I'm feeling really lazy I might moved from AE to Program.

As it is the 5D provides fantastic image quality, a good viewfinder and the reduced depth of field I want from 35mm compared to APS sized sensors - the rest you just work with or ignore.

Vincent Forrester , Oct 15, 2005; 06:11 a.m.

Yes, I agree. Much ado about nothing. However, folks over at FM are having babies about this 'lapse' by Canon.

JF R , Oct 15, 2005; 07:13 a.m.

Wow, talk about getting worked up for nothing, they'll probably publish a firmware-update within a month. They always do...

Paulo Bizarro , Oct 15, 2005; 07:36 a.m.

What is "serious" to some is not to others. No point in discussing further.

Giampi . , Oct 15, 2005; 09:18 a.m.

To each his own: sompe people live life, others constantly complain about it.

New reality show about this "flaw" coming soon on CBS (it will be a married couple in which the husband becomes so depressed over this "flaw" that he starts drinking excessively, staying out late, missing work, neglecting his family. She files for divorce, he ends up in a mental institution...)

Peter White , Oct 15, 2005; 09:30 a.m.

The people getting all in a lather over this don't seem to be aware that one of the things you can specify in the "C" mode is whether or not to have the Auto Power-Off used at all. If in "C" mode you simply disable Auto Power-Off, there's no problem.

Are these people dim bulbs or what?

Giampi . , Oct 15, 2005; 10:06 a.m.

I think they are missing the point of the C feature: it is NOT to memorize small f/stop adjustments taken after a reading. It is for recalling "global" settings such as WB, Color space, size, metering pattern, etc... to save time.

For example: if one has a studio one could have settings of color temp, shutter sync, image size, etc... all stored and ready to go in C...but, NOT the f/stop as that would change with each specific shoot.

However, *if* the f/stops setting are automatically set along with the rest of the stuff in the C memory that coulb be a more serious problem if the camera goes to sleep and one forgets to re-set the f/stop to the current, working value. To use the Studio example above:

Let's assume the f/stop settings are automatically stored in the C button. So, one would have a stored value of f/5.6 but, the reading at the studio is f/8. The camera goes to sleep and when awaken it reverts to f/5.6. The photographer forgets (or doesn't thing of) re-setting to the current value and the rest of the shoot would be overexposed. Now, that would be a problem. But, again since I haven't studied this feature yet, I do NOT know for a certain that the f/stop value is automatically stored. I hope it is not though, for a variety of reasons. I would just want to store WB, shoot mode, image size, color space, and a few other settings, NOT the f/stop.

Also, it is NOT meant to be a substitute for AE/AEL button. If one changes f/stops/EV settings relative to metering, as it seems the user who wrote the letter did, those are not "significant" because metering is a separate, ever changing adjustment.

Jean-Baptiste Queru , Oct 15, 2005; 10:31 a.m.

So much noise from someone who hasn't figured out that he can prevent his camera from automatically turning off.

Giampi . , Oct 15, 2005; 10:50 a.m.

>> folks over at FM are having babies about this 'lapse' by Canon. folks over at FM are having babies about this 'lapse' by Canon.

LOL! Really? I'll have to go ck it out ;p

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