Now we see through a glass, darkly...
- Apr 5, 2016
Your windshield is like your viewfinder. Your shooting control buttons are like your accelerator and brake pedals. Do you need the floor of you car illuminated to know where the gas pedal and brake pedal are? Perhaps your review/setup/menu buttons are like the ones on your dash.Do you drive in your local area at night with your lights off because you know the road?
I'd love to have backlit buttons, when I need them.
Just for what is is worth. At one point in my life I drove commercial vehicles for a living. It was not unusual to spend 60 hours a week driving mostly at night. I tended to turn the dash light dimmer down to almost nothing to reduce the distraction of the dash lights reflecting off the cab windows. If not for the need to see and monitor the many temperature gauges (two differential temps, transmission temp, exhaust temp, water temp, oil temp, etc), air pressure gauges (main reservoir, secondary reservoir, service line, emergency line), manifold pressure gauges, speedometer, and tachometer, I'd have turned them all of the way down. Different windshield angles and door window angles in large trucks make a difference in that respect compared to cars that have very sloped windshields and moderately sloped side windows. If you don't think your side windows are sloped, roll them down while sitting still in the rain and see how much falls into your car, even when there is no wind blowing! After the first 20,000 miles or so in a new truck model (in a couple of months), you learn where all of the switches are by feel, even though large trucks have a lot more switches than most cars do. They are not quite airplanes in that respect, but there are a lot more things to turn on/off or up/down than with cars.