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Old January 17th, 2007, 03:35 PM   #1
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Canon A1 Sweet spot

Does anybody have any recommendations for the sweet spot with the A1 for how they set up exposures. I am just curious as too what people's experiences are.

A simple formula of settings you use for various situations would be very interesting to me. i.e. Landscape Daylight ND/5.2f/30f/1/320

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Old January 17th, 2007, 05:40 PM   #2
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That's what the in-camera metering is for. Those old Kodak poop sheets in the film boxes never were intended as any more than a general guide.
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Old January 17th, 2007, 06:12 PM   #3
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Does anybody have any recommendations for the sweet spot with the A1 for how they set up exposures.
What do you mean by "sweet spot"? Are you asking if the picture quality improves as you stop down the lens?
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Old January 18th, 2007, 03:26 PM   #4
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I am just curious as to what other A1 users have discovered about this camera. When you shoot various things, do you find any oddities or unusal things that you would like to share.
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Old January 18th, 2007, 04:16 PM   #5
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Hi

Iīm sorry but I donīt understand.

You have bought a nice camera and you are asking what others have discovered!!??

Donīt you think it is better if you discover you own camera?

This is what I do when I bought a camera.

I go out to a nice place and put the cam on a tripod and shoot the same scen over and over again with different settings and for every scen I shoot I also say the settings I have made loud and clear right in the mic.

When Iīm done I transfer the tape to my NLE and put all the takes on the timeline and hit play.

This way I can watch all my takes while Iīm drinking coffe and I donīt have to think about looking in any paper or anything as to wich settings I have made becuse I listen to wich settings Iīve made.

This way you will learn wich settings YOU like.

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Old January 18th, 2007, 07:55 PM   #6
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I think Cody's asking people to share what they have learned is reasonable.
Isn't sharing what we have learned what this forum is about?

Cody, there are tips dispersed throughout this forum. I suggest you search around the forum a bit on topics such as gain, presets, etc.

I personally dont know the camera well enough yet to answer your question.

I think a "TIPS" sticky thread would be nice.
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Old January 19th, 2007, 08:29 AM   #7
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Hans - For not understanding, you certainly have a lot to say.

I was more interested (and forgive me for not being clearer) if anybody had any 'Hints from Heloise' about the camera. I am shooting lots with it and will post some of the quirks I have discovered.

There are lots of threads, but none that I have found devoted to A1 quirks.

I will start a new thread once I have my list of Quirks further along.

Randy - I agree a sticky would be good once there is a list.

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Old January 19th, 2007, 09:45 AM   #8
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Ahaa.... now I really understand :-)

I got the impression you just got the camera and wanted someone else to tell you wich settings you should use.

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