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Old Aug 23, 2010, 12:42 AM   #1
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The biggest I will print my photos at home will be A4, and maybe 8 x 10 at the photo shop, so what is the best setting for my camera? It is set to save as .jpeg at the moment as there is no point in me using raw. I did have it set to Large Fine (LF) but I have changed it down to Medium Normal (MN)

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Old Aug 23, 2010, 1:40 AM   #2
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The biggest I will print my photos at home will be A4, and maybe 8 x 10 at the photo shop, so what is the best setting for my camera? It is set to save as .jpeg at the moment as there is no point in me using raw. I did have it set to Large Fine (LF) but I have changed it down to Medium Normal (MN)

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Why don't you want to shoot RAW? If you have to shoot JPEG I personally would set it at the highest setting possible. It's always better to have too large a file rather than too small of one.

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Why don't you want to shoot RAW? If you have to shoot JPEG I personally would set it at the highest setting possible. It's always better to have too large a file rather than too small of one.

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Probably because I never really have before I suppose. I am so used to straight out of the camera on to the PC and sharing with whom ever I need to. I suppose I should try it, add it to my 'learning curve'!

Would this give the full 10mpx? or do you set that in another menu? As there are one or two!
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A couple of suggestions:

I would, personally, set your record mode; Large Super Fine.
This would give you the largest JPEG file for each photograph or maximum number of pixels your camera is capable of producing. This will cause the camera to have lower a number of images stored on the memory card. Memory cards are cheap though and having one with at least 4GB should hold an ample number of images.

You never know when a photo you took will please you so much that you'll want to enlarge to a size greater than 8 x 10. The LSF file will allow you to do just that.
Also, it will allow you to crop a segment of an image and then enlarge that segment to 8 x 10 or larger.

2nd suggestion is to have another memory card available. I always carry 2 Compact Flash 4GB cards with 1 serving as a spare should I run out of memory on the first.

If you haven't already, a good thing to do is to download the E-420 manual into your PC for future reference. I don't know about you, but I always find it easier and faster to just view a manual on my MAC as opposed to pulling the manual out of the bag and fumbling thru the pages.
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Thanks, it has an 8gb CF in it anyway so that should be enough and I have a 2gb XD on the way.

Thanks for the suggestions.
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Not to hi-jack the thread but is 1 8gig CF card enough? I have 4 plus a 4 and a 2gig and even then it doesn't seem like enough. Also, you could try setting the camera to RAW+JPEG so that you have both an out of camera and a copy that can be developed. Will burn thru the memory card faster however.

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At SHQ (the highest jpeg) my 4 gig card gives me 600+ exposures. (60 plus at raw) I have a couple for back ups but unless I'm shooting something special that requires more than 600 shots or away from my PC for a week I don't worry about enough cards.

I've experimented with RAW and Jpeg and for me at this moment in time and the PP I do, jpeg suits me just fine.

Do however, as Zig says, shoot at max quality. Sizing down is simple either in Picasa or a free download of "pixresizer"
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I have a 2gb XD on the way.
Sam, you'll find that xD cards are slower than CF cards, especially the 3X or faster CF ones. This matters when the camera is writing the image to the card after you take a photo (although it matters more for RAW files than jpeg files). So while it's good to have a backup xD card, normally you'll want to use the CF card.

And Oly's insistence on using the xD format rather than SD, is a point of irritation with many of us. Our irritation is mitigated, though, by the fact that at least they provide two card slots, which most other DSLRs don't have.

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Thanks, it has an 8gb CF in it anyway so that should be enough and I have a 2gb XD on the way.

Thanks for the suggestions.
To echo zig: for 99.9% of the time, the highest jpeg: Large Super Fine, is all you ever need.

However, for cards, I don't like to put all my eggs in one basket, and I don't use more than a 4 gig CF. I have extra ones that stay with me, so if one gets full, I can pop in another. If you lose a card, or it becomes defective or corrupt, you haven't lost as many photos. And I keep a 2gig xD in the cameras for backup or for panorama shots.
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I'm also a 4gig user...I've never shot more than that in a day. The most I've ever done was at a nude shoot and that was over 800 pictures, and even then the card wasn't full yet!

I have a second 4gig card just in case, and if I'm travelling I have a 20gig photobank drive.
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