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.
I believe the point was that you don't need to know everything straight away, you can go out and shoot as soon as you get the camera and then learn the extra bells and whistles as you go.
I also started out with a 20D, and have added a 40D and 5Dc over the years. I got the 5D III and yeah, it has a lot more features to learn, but all the basics are the same. I took it straight out and used it at a motorbike racing event with no problems at all, and no watching videos or reading the manual first either. Got great results too.
I quickly flicked through the various menus and custom functions,and set things how I like them (the descriptions are mostly in there, as to what they do, or simply apply common sense as to whether a feature should be "on" or "off") set it to Av mode, AI servo, single point AF with the selection by joystick, so I could flick quickly and easily through them, the choice of "case" for the AF was also simple, based on the descriptions in the camera menu. Exposure metering is essentially the same as my older cameras, as are most functions that I used in the first few days (EC, AEB, MLU etc).
I had absolutely no problems using it at all. If I needed a feature I had the manual with me, and could quickly glance at it and see how to turn it on (for example, I couldn't find how to turn live view on - not having had a DSLR with video before, I assumed the video button was just for video).
I did watch a short video on the AF system and all its features fairly early on, but I am still using it in single point most of the time, because I like to work that way and it gives me great results.
Nobody is saying that you shouldn't learn what everything does, if that is what you want to do, but for me there are a number of features I don't feel any need to know about (such as in camera HDR for example). But you are complaining about spending too much time reading manuals and watching videos and not getting much shooting done. People are just making a point that the camera works perfectly well with your current understanding of using your previous cameras, then learn as you shoot.
It's like buying a new car. You may spend a few minutes familiarising yourself with where the various main levers are (are the turn indicators on the left stalk and the wipers on the right, or vice versa etc.) but essentially you can jump in any car and drive it, safely, from A to B. All the essential functions for driving a car are easily discovered, pedals are in the same place, gearshifts may have a slightly different H pattern, but that doesn't stop you using them straight away, etc.
Sure, you may need to dig out the manual to find a particular function on the A/C or stereo, but you can drive it straight away and figure out the little things as you go. The same goes with cameras, the essentials are easy to find and use, so get out and use it and just learn the rest a bit at a time.