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Old Feb 9, 2005, 5:59 AM   #1
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I read somewhere in a review (which I cannot find now) that in order to use the Maxxum 7D you really have to know what you're doing since it does not provide any SCENE mode. All settings must be chosen by the photographer. Is this true? Should a newbie to digital (and film) photography stay away from this dSLR?
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Old Feb 9, 2005, 12:04 PM   #2
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I read somewhere in a review (which I cannot find now) that in order to use the Maxxum 7D you really have to know what you're doing since it does not provide any SCENE mode. All settings must be chosen by the photographer. Is this true? Should a newbie to digital (and film) photography stay away from this dSLR?
Yes, it is true. Should a newbie stay away? It depends on if the newbie wants a DSLR to act like a point & shoot camera.

If you understand that most P&S cameras scenic modes are just the camera defaulting to the smallest aperature (the largest number) to get the greatest Depth of Field (plus all the other settings...sharpness, contrast, saturation, etc., that are necessary to produce printable images right out of the camera), it's pretty easy to set the camera up to do that yourself.

The 7D does have Full-auto program & Programmed AE with program shift so it can be used as a point & shoot (or you can select your parameters using program shift...which is what I would recommend to any newbie purchasing a DSLR).

I think the power of having a DSLR is wasted when trying to use it as a point & shoot. I also think it's absurd to see so many people buying a DSLR & then complaining about it's on-board flash...it's like buying a Lamborghini to drive the kids to soccer practice.
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