ISO Dial Obsession

Started Feb 9, 2014 | Discussions thread
tesilab Senior Member • Posts: 2,973
Re: It's fabulous, obvious, and better than PASM

MayaTlab0 wrote:

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...

Dials are tools to control the exposure, I want the direct, unambiguous, undynamically re-assigned controls and I don't distinguish between 'artistic' and 'non-artistic' controls.

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...

Agreed, but I never argued that the position of the ISO dial was ideal, just having a dedicated one.

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.

No need to consume power for the display in the daytime. E-ink would do for a readout.

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.

Sinking them into the body was probably ruled out as less practical from a weather-sealing perspective. I agree a flush top would have been nicer. While we're at it, I wouldn't mind if Fuji actually made the faux prism a little more prism-like for more retro (and timeless) beauty. It's only kind of shaped like a prism, which is actually a little disturbing.

I've never heard of anybody complaining that the Leica M's shutter speed dial moved too easily.

Some people want locking, others just want quality dials. I think my suggestion of three-position locking pin in a high quality dial could work to accommodate both preferences.

The Olympus EP5's mode dial is a good example of what everybody should do in terms of dial placement.

I like the X100 / Sony RX1 exposure comp dials.

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