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Thread started 11 Dec 2003 (Thursday) 13:55
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help with manual focus

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Joined Sep 2003
Dec 11, 2003 13:55 |  #1

Can anyone give a good website that I can visit to learn about manual focus? I've been using portrait mode and Auto since I bought the camera. I don't know how to decide what to put the other settings at in manual. Tips? Basic rundown? Websites? Thanks!

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Dec 11, 2003 17:11 |  #2

I'm a new G3 owner too, and haven't had a chance to try all the features. However, I think you need to use a hand held meter and enter the values in the camera when using manual. Maybe someone will say if I'm right or not.

Canon G3, Kodak DC4800, Elements3

Man-Fai ­ Wong
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Dec 11, 2003 17:42 |  #3

Hi, Kim.

Are you talking about manual focus or Manual mode? Not too clear to me since there's not much to the manual focus feature that needs explaining although there are some tricks to make better use of it than the most obvious way as Canon designed it.

For the most part, you can use it to lock focus (so you don't have to keep holding the shutter button 1/2 way) and then maybe adjust it a little as you see fit. That's how I use it most of the time. However, it's best to learn some basic principles of photography to better understand what's going on w/ the focus system since Canon's design of the manual focus feature is pretty awful.

For some good tricks and tips on the subject, check this previous thread:​ad.php?t=21254

But really, you should learn the basics principles and not just dive in and play w/ the settings w/out knowing how it's all supposed to work. I recommend checking this thread on dpreview for some excellent resources:

http://forums.dpreview​.com ...orum=1010&message=3​697387external link

Also, I've added links to additional resources in my profile on dpreview:

http://forums.dpreview​.com ...e.asp?poster=hjixik​ixhwivexternal link

Hope these help.



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