Which is actually a bleg aimed at Canon dSLR users. I found out last night that my new toy thinks it's smarter than me and it may well be coz I've never been known to be the sharpest knife in the drawer. But a machine that thinks it's smarter than me risks bein' smashed to pieces in moments of frustration; all that's stopping me is the realization that smashing the thing would be stupider than I REALLY am, not to mention expensive. But I am oh-so-tempted.
Let's get specific: there are times when using manual mode that the focus square turns red (it's normally green or yellow) and the camera just will NOT shoot, period. I'm pretty sure the camera thinks the settings are underexposed and is protecting me from myself. Well, thanks, but no thanks... a "normally" exposed shot of a sunset would result in a washed-out photograph and that's NOT what I want or need. What I DO want is complete creative control and I'm not gettin' it. My XTi never did this sorta thang and the fact the T3i does is not an improvement.
Anyone have any ideers? And yeah, I applied the ol' USAF maintenance man's maxim: "When all else fails, read the manual." Nada. Zip. Zero.