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February 7, 2006


I've been trying to figure out for the longest time why I always zoom the wrong direction on my Canon lenses. I would have sworn Minolta lenses zoomed in the same direction—it was just so natural I never even thought about direction. I pulled the Maxxum down this morning and lo, the lenses zoom the opposite way Canon's do (i.e., like Nikon's do). Apparently 8 years of habit is hard to break, as I still rotate the zoom rings in the wrong direction every time I shoot. Perhaps I should have spent the extra money on a Nikon D70 when I went digital. Although I think their command dials go the wrong way, so I'd just be screwed up there instead. You know, I wouldn't complain if Nikon and Canon had some bastard offspring with: * Canon's sensors and software package, * Nikon's bodies (and weather sealing!), * zooms that operate clockwise, * command dials that get smaller clockwise, * and the best lenses of both brands. Maybe I'll send them on a blind date with each other and hope for babies...

Posted by Colin at February 7, 2006 8:08 AM

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