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How to stop the view through the viewfinder sleeping - 7D

digiman57 7 22 United Kingdom
17 May 2012 9:45PM
Well, i bought the refurbished 7D for 800 and am well pleased with it. The shutter count was 3820 which being low is an added bonus Grin

I have set it up almost how my D300 was set up for motorsports but i have one problem which someone may be able to help me with please?

When you look through the viewfinder, along the bottom of the screen is the row with shooting details on...after about 4 seconds of inactivity it turns itself off, i would prefer it to stay on indefinitely...is that possible? (the Nikon did) I suppose not knowing what it's called doesn't help me find it LOL

I've got it so the camera doesn't sleep but this other one is beginning to agitate me.

Is there a way of changing the settings?



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User_Removed 14 17.9k 8 Norway
18 May 2012 8:24AM
What does the manual say?

digiman57 7 22 United Kingdom
18 May 2012 9:00AM
Can't find anything in the manual about it, and i've not seen or heard it mentioned in tutorials so that's why i'm asking Smile
18 May 2012 9:12AM
Does http://www.metacafe.com/watch/5626944/how_to_set_auto_power_off_on_canon_7d_dslr/ this help?
rogerfry 12 543 United Kingdom
18 May 2012 9:21AM
You can't keep the viewfinder info displaying permanently.
digiman57 7 22 United Kingdom
18 May 2012 9:22AM
No, already got that set up and doesn't make any difference....but thanks anyway :O)

I have to go out now but i'll have a look in the Nikon D300 specs to see what i did ...maybe in this case Canon can't?? LOL
Carabosse 15 41.0k 269 England
18 May 2012 9:40AM

Quote:after about 4 seconds of inactivity it turns itself off

That would annoy the hell out of me, I must say! 4 seconds is totally inadequate. I don't have a Canon DSLR any more, so I can't help with settings, but I don't recall the 5D Mk II doing this.

I have checked my current camera (EVF on OM-D) and it seems to stay on indefinitely by default.

There are quite a few 7D owners on here, though, so I'm sure they can help.
rambler Plus
9 957 17 England
18 May 2012 10:03AM
The display stays on if you keep the shutter button depressed half way. There is no mention of being able to change the duration of the display in an extended guide to the 7D

fraser 14 631 14 Scotland
18 May 2012 10:15AM
email to the Canon helpdesk perhaps?
Carabosse 15 41.0k 269 England
18 May 2012 10:26AM
Or phone them: 01737-220000.
rogerfry 12 543 United Kingdom
18 May 2012 12:17PM
If you look on p35 of the 7D handbook it states that the exposure settings will be displayed for 4 seconds.

All the Canons do this, but a quick touch of the shutter button brings the info back instantly. (Regarding Carabosse's comment that it would annoy the hell out of him.....it obviously didn't, because the 5D ll does exactly the same!)
digiman57 7 22 United Kingdom
18 May 2012 2:58PM
In the Nikon manual, it shows it as 'auto-meter off display'." This option controls how long the camera continues to meter exposure when no operations are performed." then there is a choice from 4secs - 10 minutes and No Limit.

That is what i was hoping the 7D would do....

Carabosse, i rang that number, they couldn't help......unless i wanted to pay a commercial bill for printers LOL, but thanks anyway :O) They gave me another helpline support number and the young lady i spoke to is going to investigate and let me know, but she said she hadn't heard of it....doesn't look good for me at the mo...seems i may have to keep my 'finger on the button', so to speak and get used to it....
colin beeley Plus
15 1.2k 10 England
18 May 2012 7:35PM
try touching the shutter button that might bring it up .

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