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03-17-2016, 07:22 AM   #1
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What Mode (AV, TV, M, P,..) Do You Generally Use While Sightseeing

In the past week, thanks to suggestions received from this forum, my K-50 images have improved 1000%. I am spending more time in AV mode and was wondering...

When sightseeing, walking around a town, shooting buildings, landscapes, etc., what mode do you generally use?



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I pretty much always use Av and sometimes M.
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I pretty much use AV for everything. I hate surprises.
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P or Av and occasionally M

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Mostly I use TAv mode, but occasionally will use AV when walking around and shutter speed isn't something I want to actively manage.
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AV for my autofocus and "A" lenses. M for my "M" lenses or when shooting the moon (with any lens).
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Av mode for sightseeing. Auto ISO during daylight. At night or indoors I might change to manual ISO with Av, or TAv, or full M.
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Almost always (see below) P and sometimes Av for DA, FA and A lenses; M for anything with no A contacts EXCEPT Takumars, when I largely use Av.

When using non-A lenses, or non-PTTL flash with A or later, I will sometimes default to M mode.

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Av mode 90% of the time. M or X in the studio depending on lighting setup. TAv if shooting birds.
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AV for me too - with ISO limited to 800 and keeping an eye on the shutter speed
03-17-2016, 07:59 AM   #11
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Tav most of the time when I walk around in the streets. It allows me to alter my depth of field quickly and change my shutter speed as well if I need to freeze the action, while I usually try to keep my ISO below 400 during the day (by adjusting shutter and aperture value accordingly.) it might not always be the most efficient way, but it works well and I like the process, which for me, is as important as the pictures I take.
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TAv also for me. I like being able to make adjustments quickly, when needed.
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If my camera isn't on a tripod, it's on a monopod.

M when on a tripod for landscapes. TAv (ISO limited to 1600) when on a monopod.
I don't think I've used any other mode in 5+ years.

But I'm also the guy that takes a fully loaded camera backpack to the zoo with the family just to stay in
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Most of the time: Av with Exposure compensation as my main influence on shutter speed. I use auto iso some but often force it to a specific iso if I don't love the results or the choices.

M: mostly with manual glass.

---------- Post added 03-17-16 at 11:09 AM ----------

This would be an interesting poll.
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Hypermode P. This is a great mode which can be shfted to TAv or Tv simply by using on the wheel, and then resume the automatic mode by pressing the Green button.

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