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12-31-2011, 05:03 AM   #1
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Hi,

I'm completely new to DSLRs, but have dabbled enthusiastically with compacts. My very generous husband bought me a K5, which I am trying to get my head around. The manual is not exactly user friendly! Any suggestions?

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12-31-2011, 05:08 AM   #2
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Post on the forum if you have any questions, or just try playing around with it to get started.

Have you seen our k-5 review? It's got a few tips for beginners as well

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Lucky you! K5 is great camera, but maybe hard to use for beginners! But, you can select Green square on the top ring, and camera will do everything automatically. Also, put switch on the left side to AF-S (also green color), and switch to AF on the lens itself. And point & shoot!

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The suggestion of 'green mode' (or maybe 'P') seconded to get started. This highly recommended to take it from there.

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Welcome to the forum. I've recently got a k5 and love it, I like tav mode myself as it lets you set the shutter and the aperture and the camera chooses the iso. I second the book recommendation, I got that for Christmas and there's some really good information in there. Have fun with your new camera, and keep shooting - you'll soon learn what works for the photos you want to take.
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Welcome to the forum, Jean. I agree totally with jolepp re Peterson's book (mine on coffee table in front of me), and the links Adam sent. I also went to a rec department course (mostly canikons there) and it forced me to find and use a few functions like Shadow correction (menu 3 - dynamic range setting) that I never wouild have tried without getting confused. It was also great to compare just how good the K-5 is!
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Thanks to all for the responses. I think I'm going to get a lot out of this forum. I think you're right, I'll go for the green square first and build from there.
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