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Canon offers locking mode dial upgrade for 5D Mark II, 7D  
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 | by Rob Galbraith
Canon has announced a service upgrade for the EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 7D that sees the camera's mode dial replaced with a redesigned locking version. The new dial, which is similar in design to the one on the EOS 60D, includes a centre button that, when pressed, allows the dial setting to be changed. Otherwise, the dial is locked in position to prevent accidentally changing the exposure mode while the camera is carried.

Secure: The new locking mode dial for the EOS 7D, left, and EOS 5D Mark II (Photos courtesy Canon)

We've confirmed that Canon USA, Canon Canada and Canon in Japan will be offering the mode dial upgrade through Canon service centres in these countries, which suggests the modification will be available globally.

In the U.S., the service will be offered starting on December 6 for US$100.

In Canada, it's CDN$110 and cameras can be sent in now (though photographer Jeff Holt has been told by Canon Canada service that they won't have the necessary parts until approximately mid-month).

In Japan, it's 10,500 yen and the service will begin on December 8, 2010.

The non-locking mode dial will continue to be installed at the factory for both the 5D Mark II and 7D; the locking version will be available only as a service modification, says Chuck Westfall, Technical Advisor at Canon USA.

Thanks to Bill Blackstone, Jeff Holt and Chuck Westfall for their assistance with this article.

Revision History
December 1, 2010: Added information about service modification availability, factory dial installation.

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