I'm another Locked Camera Player. I prefer Blue because almost all other games out there of any type will start you on bottom, and you go to the top. For the few other games that allow for the reverse, you have a much larger zoom allowance to compensate. Blue is also preferred because there really ARE benefits to being on blue, there are none for Purple whatsoever. It's all negatives.
I believe the reason for the outrage about Purple, is because the game mechanics allow for favoritism of Blue on a crucial map. Dominion is even with how the map is set up, and Twisted Treeline is also even. Summoner's Rift is the only map that is regularly played (and used in tournaments exclusively it seems) and has a blatant imbalance.
Free Cam players still acknowledge that there's a severe penalty for getting "thrown" on Purple. They also agree that the "Elo balance" is not a balance at all but a horrible cover up. All players get frustrated at the Purple dodgers. We know we all have to go on Purple sometime, but it's worse when you're ready to deal with your fate, but other people will duck out and bail on purpose because they don't want to deal with being Purple. Anyways...
I like Locked Camera for multiple reasons:
1. I can keep tabs on my character at all times, it's in the same spot
2. All other games no matter what genre will "follow" your character, so everyone knows how to hover/click your mouse on moving targets
3. No annoying "micromanaging" I will explain this later, it's downright deadly.
4. A TON more map awareness due to being able to focus on overall game more
5. Overall less overload stress, less hassle, more fun
I hate going Free Cam every time I do it, it's awkward, and no matter how low I set the bar for camera movement speed, it's still ridiculously jerky and fast. I even tried mapping my camera movement keys from the arrow keys to SZXC so it would be near the game keys, but that doesn't fix the jerkiness and speed and then I fumble my skills cause I spend too much time in camera management instead of actually playing the game.
The Problem with Micromanaging (AKA: Your mouse is your enemy)
Free Cam takes way too much adjusting, and you lose yourself in trying to see around you. This causes you to wave your mouse EVERYWHERE losing time, and costing you your life. Here's the #1 problem with Free Cam: Your mouse. And here's why:
1. You use your mouse for basic attacking
2. You use your mouse for selecting targets for targeted skills
3. You use your mouse for aimed skillshots
4. You use your mouse for moving/dodging
5. You use your mouse for Free Cam Management <- All your eggs in one basket = lots of problems.
Almost everything in the game hinges on the mouse. You really only use QWER and DF for skills, and that's about the most use your keyboard gets on this game. We aren't able to shift something like champion movement to keyboard, so we can't free up the mouse for Free Cam. It's a waste of time to be forced to flick your mouse way off target for .5 seconds to get the camera downrange (to the lower left usually), and then pull the mouse all the way back to move into better position, now you can aim. Problem is, the target could have just simply moved out of prime real estate, so you can't nuke them now. So it's a wasted effort. It's not a simple aim/skill/boom. You end up with reaction lag, and it costs you dearly every time either on missed kills, or getting killed. Of course, this is talking about Purple. Blue usually sees feet or legs running about, so you aim upwards at where the feet are going, this means less camera management because you have a little bit of cheater view. Purple Free Cam users have to compensate more than Blue Free Cam in this sense and so even if everyone could magically play Free Cam flawlessly, there would still be a problem.
About the potential fixes:
I'm confused as to why Zoom extension isn't considered a good option. I don't see how a small increase to Zoom would be detrimental, considering we do have the Fog of War to keep us all balanced. The problem is that the bottom of your "viewing field" is cut off and we can't see there due to UI and camera angle. I think that if we were able to Zoom out to where we could see the full circle of viewing space above the UI would help tremendously. Maybe to put everyone on an even field, how about utilizing the "black box" fix in the case of the black bars you get on widescreen monitors when trying to view a "fullscreen" (4:3) image? I'd say to use it on top and bottom and leave the UI at the bottom so it'll be the lower "black box". Then everyone regardless of monitor or resolution will see the same range. Yeah it wouldn't look pretty, but even with all the other options, all the other ones seem to have been shot down. On another note, I'm another person voting for map mirroring of Summoner's Rift, even though I know it would be an overhaul. It would get rid of the advantages of being Blue and put everyone on an even playing field. That's what we all want (Free and Locked Cam users) is an even playing field for both Blue and Purple.
Config.ini issues and the Camera Statistics:
I also was not counted in the "Locked Cam Statistics" because I also have the issue of having to lock my camera after every completed match. I believe the guy that mentioned about the config.ini locked camera settings being reset after completed matches is right. I had done some messing around in Customs for a long time one night and I had just been trying to find a good start setup for a champ. Because I had kept exiting the game and not finishing, I didn't have to relock. But once I had played through a full Custom, I noticed that my next game was started in free cam mode. Because a lot of people are vocal about having this issue, I do think that the stats are way off. People have been leaving the game due to issues with camera or ridicule because they're not able to magically adapt, and so I think that this is way more of an issue than previously thought. So many more have just up and left instead of coming on the forums to voice their opinion.
Sorry for the long post, but this is what I've noticed.