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Re: What modes do you usually use on your camera?
« Reply #30 on: June 11, 2012, 08:32:35 PM »
M = 93%
C# = 5%
AV= 2%

AV is just too inconsistent for my likes. If I have to keep making EC adjustments I might as well shoot manual. Though, the 7D's meter might be to blame. I think it over exposes a bit.

My 7D certainly overexposed a lot.  I noticed this a lot.  I mainly use M mode just because it's more fun.  But like Brian mentioned, on the 1D Mark IV shooting in AV mode isn't necessarily semi-manual, because you can set TV and ISO ranges as well.  It's really fun.
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Re: What modes do you usually use on your camera?
« Reply #30 on: June 11, 2012, 08:32:35 PM »

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Re: What modes do you usually use on your camera?
« Reply #31 on: June 11, 2012, 09:49:14 PM »
Almost exclusively manual.  If it's in nighttime I fix the ISO rather high and leave it.  If it's daytime I often set it to auto-ISO.  In both cases manually controlling aperture and shutter.  I don't like aperture priority, it often sets shutter speeds that aren't hand-holdable in darker conditions.  Shutter priority doesn't have such a dilemma but still leaves you without control over DOF.  For the night-time shots where I fix the ISO high, unless I would be going for an effect, I just alter the shutter to control exposure, and only change the aperture if I want to change the DOF, it's fairly simple.  Custom modes are quite useful if you are at an event, it lets you preset a few various styles or quickly account for stark differences in lighting you may find.  I'm gradually getting used to manual focusing as when I don't completely miss, it leads to much better images than the tack sharp mechanical results which gets quite boring after a short while.
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Re: What modes do you usually use on your camera?
« Reply #32 on: June 12, 2012, 12:20:52 AM »
Av for most shots.  The 50d is pretty much spot on in terms of exposure.  If I want it brighter/darker I tend to just use exposure compensation. 

If I'm shooting action I shots av (70%), tv (10%), and manual (20%), and I move the exposure compensation to gain speed (brighten it in post).

If I am using flashes or in controlled lighting i use manual 100% of the time.  I also use manual when exposure compensation can't handle the difference I'm looking for (+/- 2).

If you're a pro at manual then god bless you, but why make it harder when the camera can usually do what you want it to do?
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Re: What modes do you usually use on your camera?
« Reply #33 on: June 12, 2012, 12:31:40 AM »
I'd say 80% manual and the balance Tv for bif.  Got have that shutter speed consistent because those birds don't wait for you.   
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Re: What modes do you usually use on your camera?
« Reply #34 on: June 12, 2012, 01:20:38 AM »
ISO set manually according to general conditions
Metering is spot

Roughly
40% Manual if lighting conditions are more or less stable
60% Av with *-Button to select the right exposure with the right area in the frame by the spot metering field
        under changing lighting conditions

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Re: What modes do you usually use on your camera?
« Reply #35 on: June 12, 2012, 01:22:46 AM »
I dunno what it's called, but there's this green square that works better than the rest.

*ducks*

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Seriously though, Av for me most of the time these days.

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Re: What modes do you usually use on your camera?
« Reply #36 on: June 12, 2012, 02:01:46 AM »
AV most of the time when not using flash (faux M on 1D4)
M most of the time when using flash

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« Reply #37 on: June 12, 2012, 02:42:27 AM »
I'm usually in Av, sometimes Tv. Sometimes I only go into manual sometimes.

 Fortunately, being a landscape shooter, I usually have time to take a bunch of test shots. Sometimes, if I'm in a hurry, I'll go start with -1 in exposure compensation and take one image at each increment until I hit +1.

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Re: What modes do you usually use on your camera?
« Reply #38 on: June 12, 2012, 03:38:16 AM »
Started out manual and have always used it.. except for the occasional switching of modes by mistake and I wonder why settings keep changing alone! ::)

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Re: What modes do you usually use on your camera?
« Reply #39 on: June 12, 2012, 03:50:18 AM »
I use them all except for P and the green icon Fully Automatic.

M - 30%
Av- 33%
Tv -33%
B - 4%

and equally important are the AF Sel settings, the Metering settings (Evaluative, Centered, Spot and Partial) and the One Shot and Ai Servo settings.
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Re: What modes do you usually use on your camera?
« Reply #40 on: June 12, 2012, 04:45:39 AM »
One of the things I love about the 1D Mk4 is the ability to switch modes OFF. I know I only use Manual & Av. So when I switch modes, I know what I'm getting without even looking. Not for everyone I'm sure but it works for me.

Thanks goodness the 5D3 has the lock button on the mode dial. On the old model I was consistently inadvertently bumping the mode dial onto an unwanted setting such as Bulb. This happened mostly when the body was on the shoulder and I was shooting with the Mk4, being jostled in a crowd or just moving about. It reached the point where I gaffa taped the dial in position. Hah! It looked a bit trashy, especially with the 24-70 f/2.8 which needs tape to hold the hood in place.

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Re: What modes do you usually use on your camera?
« Reply #41 on: June 12, 2012, 05:13:34 AM »
My favorite mode is Av.
Then Tv for sports,
and when I use my manual lenses, I stick to M. I wish Av worked properly with the manual lenses, but for some reason it doesn't. Any help here? Camera is Rebel XTi. On my dad's 5d2 there is not such a problem...
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Re: What modes do you usually use on your camera?
« Reply #42 on: June 12, 2012, 07:31:18 AM »
Av most of the time dialling in exposure compensation when required, M for when I need more control. Never use Auto Iso, don’t like how it works on Rebel. Oh yeh and occasionally 'P'arty Mode when I’m drunk in change of a camera  :o ;D ;D

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Re: What modes do you usually use on your camera?
« Reply #43 on: June 12, 2012, 08:08:44 AM »
Av always to control dof and I adjust ISO on the go, it's the fastest way for me by far. Them the shutter can vary quite a bit without resulting in an exposure difference, if I used M i would either over or underexposed.. but when I use my flashes I always shoot M. I can't anything else to work...
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Re: What modes do you usually use on your camera?
« Reply #44 on: June 12, 2012, 08:35:09 AM »
Manual with Auto ISO for action shots with wildlife (and kids - guess that's redundant).
Manual and set ISO for landscape.
P mode with flash so Auto ISO will go up to 1600.

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