04-13-2014 08:16 AM
Have you set the AF Frame to Tracking? Point the camera so that the subjest is in the square frame then press the button that is beside the bin symbol. P mode and RAW is best. Using Digital Photo Professional or Lightbox will give better results than the camers's internal processing. (You check that that is true by setting it to take RAW and JPG.)
In P mode you can also set single/multiple shots and bracketing for either exposure or focus.
04-13-2014 08:21 AM - edited 04-13-2014 10:11 AM
No need for an adaptor as it will focus to 0!
If you have the AF Frame set to Flexizone then select the Macro mode, not needed if set to Tracking.
Tripod for close work.
Depth of field is limited with this lens.
04-13-2014 10:52 AM
I use Photoshop CS3 and shoot RAW anyway. . Linux has a couple of good RAW readers, but I have to use Adobe's DNG converter for RAW. Linux also doesn't have a way to calibrate the monitor, yet. I've tried DPP and don't like it. It doesn't have the controls I want. I haven't seen any improvement since the version I got in 2003. It doesn't print the way I like, either. I let Adobe control the colors. I don't bracket, I chimp then adjust adjust by changing to Av, Tv or manual mode.
The tracking might be interesting. The 20D doesn't track so it doesn't occur to me to use it. I learned on a totally manual film SLR and used existing light.
Some can't carry a tripod and other goodies on a hike. We have to make do.
04-13-2014 12:31 PM
True, on a hike you can't be too loaded. Make do is ok. Gorillapod? Limited to bright(ish) light fast shutter speed will do the trick.
DPP is free so cannot be as good as Photoshop, Lightroom etc. It is good enough to show the improvement of converting RAW to jpg externally rather than using the camera's setting. Began with Box Brownie about 60 years ago. Crikey! am I that old?
04-13-2014 03:24 PM
04-24-2014 08:32 PM
John, you have hit on something that I have trouble with. In P, I have it set to Flexizone. The function dial does not move the focus box. It will only go to the various functions such as self timer. How is the focus box moved? Thank you!
04-24-2014 08:37 PM
Thank you but I do not have any interest in post processing other than cropping. It is much more time & expense than I care to invest. I use Picassa for organizing & cropping.
04-24-2014 08:40 PM - edited 04-24-2014 08:46 PM
Thank you very much! I was wondering why I could never achieve any depth of field. It helps very much to know what the camera limitations are.
04-24-2014 08:43 PM - edited 04-24-2014 08:45 PM
Northernclaw & Veteran,
Sorry, this is off topic as far as I am concerned. My original goal is still my goal - just to learn to use the various modes & functions of this camera. Thank you anyway.