ISO Dial Obsession

Started Feb 9, 2014 | Discussions thread
MayaTlab0 Senior Member • Posts: 2,347
Re: It's fabulous, obvious, and better than PASM

tesilab wrote:

It makes perfect sense. There are three parameters that affect exposure, four if you count exposure compensation. Why should ISO be treated differently than shutter speed or aperture today?

Because ISO has no potential to be decided on an artistic basis. Basically, you'll always want to get the lowest ISO you can get away with depending on other parameters (aperture, shutter speed, and exposure compensation / Low key / high key / whichever way you want to call it). And if it's because you want noise, a software will do a much, much better job.

As far as those who said they don't want to take the camera away from their eyes to look at the dial, that's ridiculous. The info is in the EVF, you don't have to look at the dial if you don't want to.

You still have to loosen your grip over the lens. When using longer or heavier lenses, it's impractical. All left-handed shooting controls are a pain to use anyway. Only playback controls should be on the left-hand side.

For those who just want to be able to see the settings when the camera is off, having direct dials for these parameters is only one way to get it done, another welcome way would be on a top plate display instead of the dial.

A permanently ON top display is IMHO the best solution, especially as it can be lit up at night. Drawback is power consumption, but then Nikon keeps theirs powered on to display remaining frames, so I don't see why it would be impossible to do.

In practice, it could be that the locking pins are a bit of a pain. That is a matter of personal preference. I think the right way to go on this would have been to design locking pins that could be pushed further down than flush (say with a pen) to put the dials into a free wheeling state to satisfy users who prefer it stay unlocked.

The best way to do this is to properly locate dials and partially and intelligently sink them within the camera's body. I've never heard of anybody complaining that the Leica M's shutter speed dial moved too easily. The Olympus EP5's mode dial is a good example of what everybody should do in terms of dial placement.

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