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EOS 350D/Rebel XT Advices For A Newbie To (D)SLR

Wed Mar 01, 2006 1:39 am


This is not only my 1000th post on Anet it's also the beginning of a new time for me. I just got my long expected Canon EOS 350D which is also my first DSLR. Now I already read the whole manual but think that some users here can give me more advices on this camera and how to use it. I would like to know what settings you use and what programmes you shoot in. I think settings like sharpness and contrast should be left at 0 and maybe P is the best programme to shoot in. What do you do against overexposing white planes in bright sun? Is it the setting you can do with the AV +/- button? Don't know how it's called in English - on my Olympus C-750 it was the green number in the upper right corner.

My new lenses are the Kit EF-S 18-55 and the EF 70-300 IS USM.

It's also my first real DSLR and every input and advice from you would be highly appreciated!



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RE: EOS 350D/Rebel XT Advices For A Newbie To (D)SLR

Wed Mar 01, 2006 1:50 am

Hi Georg,

I personally own the 300D. I usually shoot in Av mode (aperture priority). By setting the aperture you determine how much light passes through to the sensor, and the camera figures out what shutter speed to use. When out shooting, I usually try to keep the f-stop at around 8-10 depending on the light conditions. Remember, the higher the f-stop, the less light passes through, and the other way around. I would leave the in-camera settings at 0. Do all your editing afterwards. If you have a large enough CF Card try shooting in RAW. Should you need any further advice just let me know, you can also contact me via Emai, if you'd rather talk in German.

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RE: EOS 350D/Rebel XT Advices For A Newbie To (D)SLR

Wed Mar 01, 2006 1:55 am

For white aircraft in bright conditions I set the exposure compensation (that's the right term, I think) to -1/3.

P doesn't always do the job. Right now I'm in an experimental phase and I like to set Tv with a low shutter speed for panning attempts and Av with a wide aperture for a fast shutter speed when using full zoom. This allows me to take snap decisions as to what sort of shot I will try. Using Av to get a fast shutter speed has the added advantage of ensuring that I don't ask the camera for more than it can give under variable light conditions.
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RE: EOS 350D/Rebel XT Advices For A Newbie To (D)SLR

Wed Mar 01, 2006 1:55 am

Thanks for the hints Sebastian. I'll go to the airport tomorrow and think I contact you via email as it's easier to talk in German.


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