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04-29-2012, 10:12 AM   #46

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I read every manual at least once completely. Only this enables me:
  1. To find out quickly without too much try and error whether I can keep the work flow I was used to with similar, but not exactly equal devices.
  2. To see which new features are worth to try out which I haven't used because they didn't exist or were badly implemented.
  3. To get used to the structure of the manual. Even if, after some time, I have forgotten details of a certain function, I will still know I read something about it, and at least roughly were to find the information. If I run into a problem later on, this vague knowledge enables me to find a solution MUCH faster, and without having to ask too often silly questions in this forum.
If you have basic knowledge about the theoretical and technical part of photographing, most common problems can be solved just with the help of the manual. And much faster if you have read it once before.

Of course there are manuals for which a German saying is true, translated roughly to:
"Once you have understood all functions of a device in detail, you may finally also understand the manual"

04-29-2012, 01:22 PM   #47
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QuoteOriginally posted by abacus07 Quote
I have the same issue except a Chinese manual. I've been meaning to download the manual online but I haven't got around to it yet. Usually if I have a question I just google it.

But I should read the manual...
You could send the Chinese version to me! I can't read Japanese but read Chinese like a charm lol
04-29-2012, 03:58 PM   #48
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Alternative to the Pentax Manual

User manuals are designed to satisfy legal requirements and are frequently difficult to follow and understand. For a clear and good explanation of your Pentax camera I recommend downloading a simplified manual at:

PENTAX DSLRs prepared by Yvon Bourquqe.

The cost to download $15 and well worth the money. It provides a clear explanation of your Pentax functionality together with suggestions and techniques in using the camera. I discovered this site when I owned a K20D, downloaded the manual and read it 3 time front to back. Then I purchased my K5, and the first thing I did was download the manual and read it front to back. I learnt a lot about the camera and photography in reading this material.
05-03-2012, 10:51 AM   #49
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Cover to cover even if some of it is redundant or heavily repeated.


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