Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D Review
The 7D has two control dials which are used to adjust exposure or settings after a button has been pressed. The "front control dial" is mounted in front of the shutter release button and the "rear control dial" is mounted horizontally on the rear right corner of the camera just under your thumb. In certain exposure modes the rear dial is used to adjust aperture, the front dial is used to adjust shutter speed.
Top of camera controls (right)
Wow it's a button-and-dial-fest! If you love you controls on the outside of the camera you'll love the 7D, and to be honest although it's a little intimidating the controls don't take long to grasp and you soon become thankful that you can (for example) change white balance mode with a switch. Note that the exposure mode dial can only be turned while the release button in the center of the dial is held down, this avoids accidental mode change.
Exposure Mode Dial
|Full-Auto Program Exposure
This is essentially the camera's "point and shoot" mode (as close as you can get with an SLR). When you switch to this mode various settings reset back to their defaults and some settings can not be changed. Some dial settings may not reflect the current camera setting which is shown on the LCD monitor.
Program Exposure (with shift)
Full Manual Exposure
In any of the P, A, S or M exposure modes you can press the MSET button and record the current settings to one of three memory banks. Turn the exposure mode dial to numbers 1, 2 or 3 to recall these settings.
* Exposure steps (0.5 / 0.3 EV) depend on the position of the exposure compensation dial.
White Balance Dial
|AWB||Auto white balance
The camera will attempt to automatically detect the temperature of light used in the scene and adjust white balance accordingly. When using the flash, the white balance is set for flash color temperature.
Preset white balance
Custom white balance
Color temperature (Kelvin)
Drive Mode Dial
Take a series of images in a bracket sequence with single frame advance.
Take a series of images in a bracket sequence in a continuous sequence.
Normal shooting mode, take a single shot for a single depression of the shutter release.
Continuous shooting drive mode, take images sequentially as long as the shutter release is depressed (and buffer space allows).
|10||10 second self-timer
Take a shot after a ten second delay.
|2||2 second self-timer
Take a shot after a two second delay.
Metering Mode Dial
|14-segment honeycomb-pattern metering
Uses a honeycomb-pattern with fourteen segments to calculate the best possible exposure. Described in the user manual as "By combining information on
the subject’s distance and position from the autofocus system, this mode is less
influenced by spot lighting or backlighting."
|Center weighted metering
Measures light over the entire area of the image extra emphasis given to the center area.
Uses a circular area in the center of the frame (as indicated in the viewfinder) to calculate the light value. This is used to meter individual subjects in the frame.
Pressing the WB button has different functions depending on the position of the White Balance dial which surrounds it. Note that when changing white balance the current setting is shown on the LCD monitor and repeated on the viewfinder status line.
• AWB: No function (other than display Auto in viewfinder)
• PWB: Select preset white balance (front dial change preset, rear dial change fine tuning)
• Custom: Recall custom 1, 2, 3 or Set new custom (then take gray card shot)
• Kelvin: Set Kelvin temperature: 2500 - 9900 K
Auto Exposure Lock
|AF/MF||Auto Focus / Manual Focus
Press and hold the AF/MF button to disable the camera's AF system and allow you to manually focus the lens (the focus ring can be turned freely). (The action of the AF/MF button can be changed in section 1 of the custom menu).
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