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hrm, complex Jun. 24th, 2006 09:13 pm
Aside: just looked at the date on the edit box and got an odd jolt of familiarity...

Anyhoo - I bought the 350D and it is TeH Shiny*; I'm being impressed by all sorts of odd things like the AF intelligence and speed, colour balance for B&W (no that's not an oxymoron), and the flash's habit of leaping up and trying to smack you in the face every time it thinks the scene's too dark. Having read most of the manual I'm starting to understand why it has such a wide range of Idiot Modes, 'cos it's distinctly complex (although I do at least know enough about photgraphic theory to understand why I might want to use any of the functions).
Mildly amused to be back on CF cards, since that's what my first decent digicam used.
Plus it's amusing to note the things that SLRs don't do, like LCD preview (well, duh me) and video. Oh, and fit in a fag packet. Still room in my collection for the Ixus then ;)


* on recollection, I'm blaming Diva for that phrase

From: redcountess
Date: June 24th, 2006 - 09:11 pm (Link)
Happy Birthday and congrats on teh shiny :-)
From: reddragdiva
Date: June 24th, 2006 - 11:42 pm (Link)
That's "t3h sh1ny!"

I'm surprised you aren't switching all the functions off and shooting completely manually to raw ...
From: wechsler
Date: June 25th, 2006 - 08:29 am (Link)
erm, why would I want to do that?
From: reddragdiva
Date: June 25th, 2006 - 09:38 am (Link)
For added geek points! To get past a camera that's trying to do everything for you! Something like that ...

(My dad got a Pentax SLR about twenty years ago which I frequently borrowed. The "automatic" functions were so confusing I dredged through the manual, found on p57 how the hell to switch them all off, and worked out the numbers myself. It was much easier and I got much better results.)
From: wechsler
Date: June 25th, 2006 - 08:51 pm (Link)
At which point I'd need a light meter and/or a much better grasp of aperture mathematics than I now have. Program, exposure- and aperture- priority with EV will do me for now.

I'll save the reductio-ad-confusion option for my watch ;)
From: reddragdiva
Date: June 25th, 2006 - 11:51 pm (Link)
O rly, no inbuilt light meter available in full-manual? Hmm ...

But yeah, cameras are going in two directions: a kilo of glass that does everything, and something the size and thickness of a credit card that does everything.
From: wechsler
Date: June 26th, 2006 - 06:47 am (Link)
Using on-board meter != doing everything yourself, shirley?
But yes, it does, but at that point you might as well just go to Ap/Tp
From: ev1ldonut
Date: June 26th, 2006 - 11:52 am (Link)
The on board meter in the 350D is actually very good, and is no different to using a hand held lightmeter, just saves time and effort. ;)

The best mode (for general shooting) I think personally, is 'P' (programmed auto-exposure), as the auto metering is very good, and you can then 'program-shift' (use faster shutter+wider appeture) using the function wheel while maintaining the same exposure level. Thus you can quickly and easily make the appropriate adjustment to give the required depth of field, or shutter speed, etc. Also, the flash doesn't pop-up unless you press the flash button in 'P' mode. ;)

From: realtan_dannan
Date: June 26th, 2006 - 02:28 pm (Link)
Just in case it helps while you find your way around the camera:

You've worked out why there's no LCD preview yeah? (the mirrors in the way, just in case you hadn't)

Flash, half click, flash pops up, push flash back and take photo, or switch to no flash mode. Also flash VERY bright - use hand or peice of grease proof paper to dissipate.

After a couple of months of playing I use P mode mostly, but the 'do it all green box' is a saviour for candid's and I occassionally use the other modes along with P to see what I get.