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Fastest way to change Aperture and Shutter speed in M

 
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Oct 22, 2014 18:54 |  #1

I have a 5D Mark II shooting in Manual mode with AF-on button to lock in focus what is the fastes way to get to change aperture and shutter speed. In bright sun it's difficult to see the lcd screen but even then trying to use the button next to the screen to activate a certain area and then turn the large wheel, to me there's got to be a faster way?


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Oct 22, 2014 18:59 |  #2

Count the clicks. You can keep equal exposure by just counting 1-2-3-4-5-6 (two stops) as you twirl one dial and then the same six clicks with the other.

Or you change exposure by just counting clicks on one dial. You should not need to check the top or back screens.


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Oct 22, 2014 19:23 |  #3

thanks for the fast reply but what I mean first you need to hilight the shutter speed window or aperture window then turn the dial. What I'm haveing a problem with is the first step just getting to that window.


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Oct 22, 2014 19:29 |  #4

You are using the on-screen menu - that is slow. Just look through the viewfinder and turn the dials. Alternatively, you can look at the top LCD.


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Oct 22, 2014 19:39 |  #5

offtheroad wrote in post #17228140 (external link)
thanks for the fast reply but what I mean first you need to hilight the shutter speed window or aperture window then turn the dial. What I'm haveing a problem with is the first step just getting to that window.

I think you are working in an unusual approach. There should be no windows and no need to look at the back screen or the LCD.

Put the camera to eye and give the shutter a half press. The active shutter speed, ISO and aperture will light up in the optical VF.

Spin the main dial, the shutter speed changes. Spin the QCD dial on the back of the camera and the aperture changes. There are no menus, no secondary buttons to press. When the camera is in shooting mode the two dials directly change the shutter and aperture. It is specifically designed to be fast and intuitive in operation.


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Oct 22, 2014 19:58 |  #6

OK the SS worked but in focus lock mode as I tried to push the shutter half way down the aperture didn't respond. I like the opportunity to use the AF-On button to lock focus and the move camer where ever and the take the exposure.


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Oct 22, 2014 21:13 |  #7

offtheroad wrote in post #17228198 (external link)
OK the SS worked but in focus lock mode as I tried to push the shutter half way down the aperture didn't respond. I like the opportunity to use the AF-On button to lock focus and the move camer where ever and the take the exposure.

Have you still got the lock engaged on the QCD ? The on/off switch needs to be set to the bent line above "on", that points to the QCD, to disengage the lock.




  
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Oct 22, 2014 21:17 |  #8

OK I got it I needed to have the on swith up on the L looking button


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Oct 23, 2014 01:49 as a reply to  @ offtheroad's post |  #9

That symbol isn't an "L" as in lock, but a line which connects with the dial on the back, to indicate that the dial is now operational.


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Oct 23, 2014 07:59 |  #10

OK thats where I have it se and all is working ok. Thanks for the help.


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Oct 23, 2014 08:57 as a reply to  @ offtheroad's post |  #11

Or you can just not fight it and put it in AV mode and let the camera do it for you based on where you set your exposure compensation...... such a better way to go.


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Oct 23, 2014 09:11 |  #12

Well earlier on this forum I was advised to use the A-E lock button, which I learned to like and shooting in M. So what is the purpose of hilghting an area on the LCD and changing it that way. I like the fact that when I press the shutter I'm only making an exposure and not refocusing. ( I h0pe that's whats happening).


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Oct 23, 2014 10:24 as a reply to  @ offtheroad's post |  #13

But if you are shooting in M mode and just adjust the exposure setting until you get the metering scale in the viewfinder centered, then you are doing exactly what the camera will do for you in P, Tv or Av. The only difference is that the camera will do it faster and better than anyone ever will be able to.
M mode is very useful when you don't need to adjust the exposure setting very often, because it's just the color and reflectivity of the subjects that change, not the light itself.

All this is an issue that's completely seprate from locking focus with a button on the back of the camera.


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apersson850 wrote in post #17229051 (external link)
But if you are shooting in M mode and just adjust the exposure setting until you get the metering scale in the viewfinder centered, then you are doing exactly what the camera will do for you in P, Tv or Av. The only difference is that the camera will do it faster and better than anyone ever will be able to.
M mode is very useful when you don't need to adjust the exposure setting very often, because it's just the color and reflectivity of the subjects that change, not the light itself.

All this is an issue that's completely seprate from locking focus with a button on the back of the camera.

Yes, don't use Manual just for the sake of using it, especially if all you're doing is centering the meter.




  
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Oct 23, 2014 10:43 |  #15

Wheel in front, wheel in back. Just practice and you will get it. It gets to the point where you have the muscle memory and can just flick it and get the right number of clicks around each way. Just go out and shoot.


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