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Old Oct 20, 2006, 2:15 PM   #1
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I was wondering if there are any initial camera settings that the consensus finds work the best for the 30D?

For example on my Minolta 7D it was Sharpness +1.

Thanks for any help or suggestions.
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Old Oct 23, 2006, 12:59 AM   #2
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My advice would be to play with it first.
I moved from a DiMAGE 7i to the 30D and started shooting in RAW. Big difference and I had to get used to it. For example, the RAW images are unsharpend while JPEG images are sharpened. Different workflow for RAW images too.
Also try the different "Picture Styles", each has different settings and you can create your own too.
If you don't "play", it will take longer to get to know you camera.

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Old Oct 25, 2006, 1:30 PM   #3
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Difficult question as it will depend how much PP you want to do. As I shoot mainly sport I stick to jpg as I don't want to do a lot of PP and don't ever go above 15"x10" prints. I do however not up the sharpness just leave it at 3as this will allow more control in the printing stage and allows me to keep noise down. Another thing will be the kind of shooting you do as this might cause you to try different things but for me 90% is shot in Av, 9% in TV (generally to capture movement) and 1% in manual (portrait and some landscapes).
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Old Oct 25, 2006, 5:22 PM   #4
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I normally save as jpgs and only PP when necessary so I strive to have the majority of my shots pretty good without playing around. I have shot about 2 or 3 hundred pics and each time I have refined the settings and I now am fairly pleased with the results and I have to say I was very pleased with indoor shots I took at ISO 800 and 1600 in not very good lighting conditions and no flash.:-)
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Old Oct 25, 2006, 5:27 PM   #5
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It's a good camera for sure and I'm very happy with mine.
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Old Oct 31, 2006, 2:47 AM   #6
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My EOS 30D from B&H is scheduled to arrive today so I have been following the posts relating to use and also lenses. Below is what I started with:

Item Qty Item Description SAE3CF2GB 12GB Extreme III CompactFlash Card
CABGE2 1BG-E2 Battery Grip
IMBP511A 2BP-511A LI-ION BATTERY (1500mah)
CAE30D 1EOS 30D DIGITAL CAMERA
CA178545EF 1EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens
This leaves me with time to find which additional lenses to purchase as well as a speedlight. I have been spending the past couple years limping along with the Fujifilm S500 and as you know, it has comparative limitations. I also just purchased a Maxtor OneTouch III 100GB for additional storage head room. Though I would have liked to have gone larger, I decided it would at least be a start. With an upcoming vacation, I'll be able to start refiling my photo library using IMatch. My hobby finally begins to expand.
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