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Experienced folks, do you ever go back and read your manual?

 
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Mar 02, 2011 05:32 |  #16

I read the manuals a lot - but mainly when reading PotN, when a lot of posts make me think "Surely, that's in the manual", then checking that it is.


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Mar 02, 2011 05:42 |  #17

Well where I'm from there's an old IT saying - 'If all else fails, read the instructions'. So yes I would occasionally go back to my camera or flash manual :)


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Mar 02, 2011 10:06 as a reply to  @ casp3r's post |  #18

Manual? What’s that?

Just kidding. I printed out the PDF versions of both my cameras’ manuals on letter size paper and had them bound. I keep one at work and one at home. The originals are in my camera bag, and I have the PDF files on my phone. I can’t remember everything (the older I get the more there is to remember!!!), especially about seldom used procedures.


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Mar 02, 2011 11:40 |  #19

I downloaded my manual as a .pdf and then loaded it onto my iphone. manuals with a search function = win. Plus I don't need to carry it around.


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Mar 02, 2011 16:03 |  #20

I'm a guy. I don't read manuals... ever. :)


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Feb 07, 2017 11:38 |  #21

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I'm a guy. I don't read manuals... ever. :)

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I don't read the manuals, either. When I bought the 1D4 a few years ago, it came with a manual. I haven't opened it yet.

Why? Because I don't learn well from reading instructions. I learn best when someone else shows me how to do something. Hence, if I need to learn how to do something with my 1D4, I get on YouTube and look for a video in which someone shows me how to do whatever it is that I want to do. For some reason, learning that way doesn't seem to require any focus or concentration, whereas looking something up in a manual is actually painful to my brain.

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Feb 07, 2017 11:56 |  #22

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I don't read the manuals, either. When I bought the 1D4 a few years ago, it came with a manual. I haven't opened it yet.

Why? Because I don't learn well from reading instructions. I learn best when someone else shows me how to do something. Hence, if I need to learn how to do something with my 1D4, I get on YouTube and look for a video in which someone shows me how to do whatever it is that I want to do. For some reason, learning that way doesn't seem to require any focus or concentration, whereas looking something up in a manual is actually painful to my brain.

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I did refer to Canon's white paper on the 1D IV AF. I was trying to figure out exactly how what happens when you select the two AF points. You know, when you go one up or one down from the AF Center Point. The AF paper explains it very well... and how it works if you select "surrounding AF points". I have it saved on my computer so I don't have a link handy. I think I accessed from Canon Europe, if I recall correctly. Their site is much easier to use than Canon USA for things like this.

That being said, after a fair amount of experimentation, I'm back to using just the center point and keeping it steady on birds in flight. I mostly shoot larger birds so for me, that is doable. If I were photographing smaller, faster birds, I might resort to expanding the AF points.


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Feb 07, 2017 13:03 |  #23

casp3r wrote in post #11940922 (external link)
Well where I'm from there's an old IT saying - 'If all else fails, read the instructions'. So yes I would occasionally go back to my camera or flash manual :)

One of the many things that differentiate IT people from fighter pilots. ;)

My 60D manual is either in the camera bag or on my nightstand. I sometimes refer to it after reading a thread here.




  
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Feb 07, 2017 13:10 |  #24

Chippy569 wrote in post #11942445 (external link)
I downloaded my manual as a .pdf and then loaded it onto my iphone. manuals with a search function = win. Plus I don't need to carry it around.

Bingo! Too easy ... psst ... I also have it on my PC .. :-D


  
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Feb 07, 2017 13:54 |  #25

Tom Reichner wrote in post #18266943 (external link)
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I don't read the manuals, either. When I bought the 1D4 a few years ago, it came with a manual. I haven't opened it yet.

Why? Because I don't learn well from reading instructions. I learn best when someone else shows me how to do something. Hence, if I need to learn how to do something with my 1D4, I get on YouTube and look for a video in which someone shows me how to do whatever it is that I want to do. For some reason, learning that way doesn't seem to require any focus or concentration, whereas looking something up in a manual is actually painful to my brain.

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Too late, Tom! That was a 2011 post that you answered. ; )


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Feb 07, 2017 14:11 |  #26

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Too late, Tom! That was a 2011 post that you answered. ; )

I don't understand why I am "too late". The topic did not seem to be in any way time-sensitive. This subject matter is just as pertinent this moment as it was when the thread was started.

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Feb 07, 2017 14:13 |  #27

It is never too late to re-read manual, this thread is relevant forever!
Yes, recently did it for my Leica M-E. Only few settings to read about, but the way Leica puts it around is fascinating :).


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Feb 07, 2017 14:28 |  #28

I just google it


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