First off let me say that my wife and I are so excited to learn about all that Canon has to offer us! We are long time Nikon users who just this week made the switch to Canon. While we loved all of our Nikon products and have tons of incredible images from their products, we simply wanted to give Canon a shot. We have owned and tried to master everything from a D50 to the D80,D200, D90, etc. We were pretty familiar with the different metering modes, AF modes, etc. Now that we are looking at the Canon menu's, we are not real sure what works best with different situations. I could go through the D90 menu for example and set everything from A to Z. There is a lot in the 50D menu's that is just different, or at least worded different. Along with the 50D we have an 18-135 IS lens and a 70-200 2.8 lens. My wife does more portraits, kids, and wedding type stuff. I strictly shoot motocross, drag racing, or anything that is fast or has a lot of hp, lol.
I guess my main questions to start with are what metering modes do you guys prefer for portrait vs sports, what AF mode ( I assume one shot focus for portraits and landscape and AI servo for sports), etc. Does this camera tend to overexpose like most Nikons?
If someone could help me with their settings on noise reduction settings and lighting optimizer that would be awesome too.
I know this is a lot. I have searched and searched for complete, detailed, set-up examples on the net but couldn't come across anything. If someone could point me to a website with suggested settings that would be great too. I know in the end I will have to customize things the way I want them but I would just like a really solid starting point.
We never shoot in auto modes. We use AV or TV almost all of the time. I always use auto WB except in florescent lighting. On Nikons Auto WB and ISO were usually dead on. I know how to customize the picture styles and all that too. Thanks for any help you may offer and I look forward to being able to contribute to the site and help you guys with what I know too!