Locking Mode Dial Upgrade for EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 7D

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Last week, Canon announced the locking mode dial modification for the EOS 5D Mark II and the EOS 7D. I immediately jumped at the chance to have this upgrade performed. I needed to send my 7D in for a yearly checkup anyway so the announcement came at an opportune time. One of my biggest complaints about the xxD and xD series of camera bodies has always been the flimsy mode dial. I have owned a 40D and used a 30D briefly when some of my equipment was in the shop. I always had issues with the mode dial switching to another setting while I was carrying it. Why canon chose to put a locking dial on the 60D but left it off of the 7D and 5D Mark II will always be a mystery. In my opinion this is a design flaw with both of those camera bodies. The forums are pretty divided about whether or not this is necessary modification. As a former Nikon shooter its nice to have this feature again. Nikon uses a locking mode dial on almost all of their cameras-Canon take note. There isn’t much else to say about the modification. It functions as advertised and prevents the dial from being turned inadvertently. The modification isn’t cheap (at $100) but the cost of missing a picture because the mode dial was accidentally switched to another setting is a much greater cost to me. Overall I recommend it.

Props to Canon Pro Service

If you are a Canon shooter and are using your equipment for your primary source of income you should be a Canon Professional Service member. Last Monday I blew the shutter on one of my (usually) trusty EOS 1D Mark II Ns. I sent it UPS 2 day on Tuesday afternoon. Canon received my camera on Thursday morning, evaluated the problem, fixed it and sent it out on Friday morning. That’s a 1 day turnaround time for a serious repair!!!! Props to CPS for the excellent job they do repairing my equipment to keep me working.

UPDATE: It Just Keeps Getting Better…

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For those of you who don’t know, that is what a blown shutter looks like (without the arrows, of course). After a weekend of shooting state cross country one of my trusty Mark II Ns  just couldn’t take another sports assignment. Oh well. Off to CPS this morning.

UPDATE: The shutter was toast. It will cost $320.00 to fix it with my CPS discount. Interesting fact: the shutter that was replaced in 2007 had about 80k+ actuations on it. According to Canon I put 173k+ actuations on the new one. Wow. That is 57k+ photos per year!!!! And that’s on one of the bodies I carry!!!!

Best. Canon. SWAG. EVER.

UPDATED: This is probably one of the coolest collectors items I have ever seen. They were given away to shooters at the Vancouver Olympics by CPS. I want one. It looks like that might actually happen too. The Camera Store in Canada is taking pre-orders for it now. It is sold out folks. Hopefully these will make their way to the US soon.