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03-17-2014, 10:19 AM   #16
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Thanks for your examples, but I'm still looking for a step by step on how to set the user mode.

03-18-2014, 08:28 PM   #17
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It's pretty simple.

1) Switch the dial to user.
2) Hit Menu and enter the customizations as you normally would. The menu is exactly the same with two additions: there's a "user mode" selection (1,2,3,4,5) and a Program mode option on Page 1 of the Menu once you pick which User # you want.

Then you adjust all the settings as though you first got the camera. Everything will be set to the factory defaults: JPEG at 3 star quality, etc.

After you finish changing everything as you wish, scroll over to the last page of the first menu tab (can't remember its name)--it's the one with format and stuff, I think. You'll find a "Save User Mode" option. You will need to save all your changes to one of the numbers. In this page there is an option to rename the modes, as well.
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I don't think we have the same camera, because I don't have section (1,2,3,4,5) for user mode selection, and my save user mode is on another page other than the one you describe. I have the Pentax K-50, is this the same as yours?

Thanks for the info anyway, but I don't think it helps me with my camera.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Bertminator Quote
I don't think we have the same camera, because I don't have section (1,2,3,4,5) for user mode selection, and my save user mode is on another page other than the one you describe. I have the Pentax K-50, is this the same as yours?

Thanks for the info anyway, but I don't think it helps me with my camera.
No, oops. I read K-50 as K-5. On the K-50, you have two user modes on the dial: U1 and U2. You'll still need to save on whatever page it is for you. The rest should all be the same.

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I set up a "fast shot" mode - all in-camera processing turned off, SR off, high continuous mode, TAv with around 1/500 starting point, IIRC. Works great on a sunny day along the river or with the dogs. Scares the crap out of people if I lend them the camera and they mash down the trigger.
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What would some set their settings to for moon shots?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Bertminator Quote
What would some set their settings to for moon shots?
On tripod.
Delayed shooting.
Manual mode
ISO 200
Center metering.
Probably start around 1/200 sec, but that's going to depend on your lens.

Last edited by TER-OR; 04-02-2014 at 06:19 AM. Reason: realized I messed up shutter speed
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Thanks for this thread!

Thanks for sharing these settings. This is one of the most useful threads I have read in three years on the Forum.

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Thanks for sharing. It's a wonderful camera and with these different settings, I can actually shoot differently without having to change settings all the time
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thanks for that moon setting. Right now I have the 18-55 kit lens, but I plan to buy the 50-200 WR lens soon. On that subject, does anyone know what the difference is between Pentax' DA vs. DA L lenses? I read last night that the only difference is that the DA lenses have a metal mount & lens hood, other than that they're identical. Anyone know for sure? Is the metal mount & lens hood worth the additional $70.00? What are your opinions on this?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Bertminator Quote
thanks for that moon setting. Right now I have the 18-55 kit lens, but I plan to buy the 50-200 WR lens soon. On that subject, does anyone know what the difference is between Pentax' DA vs. DA L lenses? I read last night that the only difference is that the DA lenses have a metal mount & lens hood, other than that they're identical. Anyone know for sure? Is the metal mount & lens hood worth the additional $70.00? What are your opinions on this?
Don't know about the mount, but you can find generic versions of the hood for a lot less (the DA L lens has the bayonet mount for the hood, it just isn't included).
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I added one recently on my K-3 called Ski:

Av
ISO 400
+1 ev
AF-C 11 point
f/10 (good on my most-used ski lens the 18-135 wr)
Fastest burst mode

The other one I use is Landscape:
Av
2s timer
f/8
ISO 100

I always shoot raw.
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