A FEW OF MY TOP USAGE TIPS
- You MUST press the shutter halfway down LIGHTLY until the camera beeps and the green rectangle of focus appears BEFORE you continue pressing the shutter all the way down. Handing the camera to other people will usually result in out of focus shots as they simply press the shutter down hard in one movement and it simply WILL NOT focus that way. Sorry - it just won't do it. You must practice this to really master it.
- Exposure handling - if you press the AE button on the left rear you will be easily able to switch from Multi (default), Spot and Average. Another blog on this website goes through these modes. Multi is ok, but I use Spot a lot with telephoto lenses and Average when I have a lot of sky in the shot. Being able to switch quickly between these modes is good - because Multi doesn't do a great job in getting things right and you will need to switch a fair bit - a quirk but a blessing in some ways because you are firmly in control on this camera. No scene modes at all!
- The LCD screen is not good in sunlight but you can fortunately use the viewfinder
- The top right rotating knob on the right controls exposure up and down when in 'P' mode. It is REALLY easy for this to shift accidentally and to then find you are under or exposing the shots - and it stays in this wrong mode even when you power off and on. You must get used to checking it is correct - it shows the under and over on the screen.
- Te flash is really quite a good one but I find I rarely use it - you can use it by flicking it up but if the object is backlit it often won't fire and you have to set to forced flash - not usually worth the hassle because you can push up the exposure a bit by turning the top exposure control dial and getting the result you want - particularly if you have a high setting for Dyanamic Contrast. I give some examples in the blog on the main page on how to use exposure.