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04-06-2013, 09:55 PM   #1
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K7 - Disable the mode dial lock?

Hi, newbie here (well..new to the forums, long time Pentax user, anyway..) - I wondered if anyone has tried/succeeded in disabling the locking mechanism for the exposure mode dial?

I get that there's a reason for it, and some users do like, but for me it's just a frustrating annoyance.

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It's the most frustrating thing for me with my K-5 too! I need quick shifting of the mode way more compared to how big risk to move move it accidentally. I've even thought about sending it to service and ask them to disable it.
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You can get pretty savvy with changing the mode with one hand. Once you get used to it, it becomes a seamless activity no more inconveniencing than without the mode dial lock.
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Ditto - yet to get used to that on my K5 but I assume it will come with time along with the funny positioning of ISO and EV buttons.

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Yep, I hate it, too. My *istD, K100D, and Q don't have it but the K-5 and 7 do. 'Tis annoying.

Having said that, I wish my FujiFilm S5000 had one, it's too damn easy to accidentally move its dial.
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It is annoying, but I wish I had one when I had my K10.
Countless ruined shots because I didn't know I was in Bulb or M.
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Yet Canon charges $100 to install that "feature" into their 7Ds and 5Ds! I do find it useful when I'm shooting to avoid unwanted dial movement (as has happened before when I used the K20D).
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I don't hold my hand anywhere close to the mode dial when shooting and aperture/shutter dials are way more prone to grip something and switch when I'm not shooting. The lock makes a one or two finger adjustment into a three finger one.

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I would like a aperture/shutter dial lock! With the Mode Dial, my problem is that I use 2 cameras when I'm shooting aerial photos and have to constantly and rapidly change cameras, sometimes in than action of swapping cameras the mode dial can be moved (and the other dials too).
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