britt777 wrote in post #16399617
Lol...people crack me up....guess that's the difference between amateur and professional. I like to know what every single setting on my camera is for and can do. Whether it's a $50 camera or $50,000 camera. Nothing wrong with that. Should have known better than to post.
Heh! Don't get me wrong, I don't advocate "ignorance" about your gear. When I got my first DSLR (a 30D) I read and re-read the manual, I got books that covered digital SLRs and the 30D specifically, I was big on reading, but that didn't mean I couldn't get out and practice what I was learning!
My next DSLR, the 5D (Mark 1, the "Classic") was pretty much a breeze to hit the ground running, because it was of the same "generation" as the 30D and used much of the same technology. Yes, it had some differences, but a couple reads in the manual and then more "casual" online stuff got me caught up pretty quickly.
Things changed with my next camera, the 1D Mark III. It wasn't a "new generation" of my old 30D and 5DC, it was a big step up in the technology and features that the 1D series gets loaded with! So, a whole new process of learning the new technology and features and how to use them. Added to that, the early releases of the camera had "issues", and we all had to learn about those issues and how to evaluate our cameras accordingly, well, those were fun times, hours spent here in POTN and other places, pursuing that "learning curve", fun times, and then hours spent out shooting and evaluating the dang camera!
The good news, though, is that even with the 1D3 and, similarly, the 5D3, you can still get off to a running start because the essentials are all in place, the controls to get a good shot are all in place, even if you can't yet "fine-tune" some things, you can still nail the shots you nailed before you got the "Beast" unless, of course, you get carried away tweaking some new Custom Function in a way that messes things up!
So, the "moral" of that story is, get out and shoot, read up on things, and don't tweak new stuff until not only you understand, but you are out there shooting to test and verify what those new settings actually do! Until then, you really can shoot that 5D3 as if it was a 20D!