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03-02-2016, 08:18 AM - 1 Like   #16
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I've only got two... but I never sue them.

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QuoteOriginally posted by bertwert Quote
I've only got two... but I never sue them.
Glad you are not suing them Bert; they have no money.
03-02-2016, 09:29 AM - 1 Like   #18
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I use them for daylight settings for 3 different manual telephoto lenses
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I use the U setting on my K20D for my wife to take pictures, since she likes JPEG and I like RAW (she hates RAW). It's basically a P mode set to high quality JPEG.

I don't know what I would use U2 and U3 for if I had the option... I pretty much just use M and sometimes Av, if I'm just snapshooting or if I want to just shoot a manual lens wide open (I do that a lot with the M 50 1.7, for example).

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Not a K-3 owner but what is apparent from the answers to the op's question is the seemingly endless options one has to set up user modes to suit their style. New to the digital world of photography and continue to be amazed at the versatility of these cameras.
03-02-2016, 09:48 AM - 1 Like   #21
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I have one set up for action, catch in focus and then bracketing. I don't know why I have one for bracketing because then I changed the button on the side. (see how technical I am? "button on the side") I don't even know if I need one for catch in focus, but I do. I usually only use the action setting for my kids sports and then m most other times
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I keep trying new settings for U2, but I still haven't found what I'm looking for.
03-02-2016, 11:05 AM - 1 Like   #23
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anazing, a lot of options to choose !! thanks a lot guys, pentaxforums is full of useful stuff and kind people

03-02-2016, 12:23 PM - 1 Like   #24
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U1 Studio with RAW, WB set to flash, exposure settings based on X-sync with my go-to studio settings
U2 Everything set properly for Astrotracer to work in Bulb mode
U3 Sports mode, with C-focus, burst, etc.
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U1 HDR - bracket 5
U2 Super Resolution
U3 Strong AA filter (not used yet)
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U1 1000 shutter, F8, TAV mode, +.3 EV, Spot focus and metering
Moderate bird flight (seagull)

U2 250 shutter, F10, TAV mode, +.3 EV, Spot focus and metering
Bird on branch, ducks in water

U3. 1250 shutter, F7, TAV mode, +.3 EV, Spot focus and metering
Moderate to fast bird flight (Kingfisher, Osprey fishing)

I change the settings slightly per the situation, but having them available, for example switching to U1 to catch an Eagle flying by in an instant really helps.
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Previously, I never used the User settings, but with so many more variables introduced on the K-3, I have found them handy.

U1 - Catch in Focus (not a favorite of mine, but helpful for things like BiF if shooting a manual focus lens; this allows me to set the AF to the shutter button rather than my usual AF2 (back button focus).
U2 - Dark mode, turning off all the lights (top display, for instance). Needed for clubs and stealth shots in dark rooms; wish it would darken rear display, but that has to be done separately.
U3 - Half EV stops, needed mostly for allowing the max flash sync at 1/180; my default, of course, is 1/3rd EV stops.

I can't imagine needing a fourth User setting, so three is just right.
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U1 - Sport/Aviation (High speed, daylight, AF-C)
U2 - Landscape (Tripod mounted long exposures)
U3 - Bounce Flash (Flash and EV compensated for indoor use)
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My U1 is set for a multi exposure burst at iso 100 f8 -- basic tripod landscape photo session. I've found that this is by far the easiest way to access different drive settings and if I used mirror lock up a lot, I would set U2 for that.
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I set up my user modes once when I first got my K-3, but found them not quite right and went back to using the regular modes without consciously realizing it. Now that I'm thinking about it would be a good time to set them up to what I use most since I've had the K-3 for a while now and know more about how I like to use it.

Mostly I use TAv for any indoor or dark shots, Av outside with fixed ISO ≤ 800 when it's bright, and M with ISO ≤ 800 for when I use my Metz 50 AF-1.
I've learned that when using P-TTL with auto ISO, the K-3 tends to select a high ISO (based on the pre-flash?) and images come out grainy, hence my use of M with set ISO instead of TAv.

My U1, U2, U3 modes were set for some combination of:
- indoor / low light, fast moving subjects
- indoor / low light, slow or still subjects
- outdoor / bright, fast moving subjects

The main advantage in my opinion is being able to set specific AF settings for each user mode, which was a first on the K-3.
(K-5 series had physical switches, so it wasn't possible.)

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