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12-28-2009, 04:01 PM   #1
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USER mode for K7 ... questions.

Crazy as it may seem, I have never used this "User" mode on either the K10D, K20D nor the K7.
Can this be used for storing specific settings one would use for, let's say, a particular lens under specific conditions?
If so, how is this done .... yes I read the manual.

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On my K20D, you set up the camera as you wish - say for HDR, M mode, 2-sec MLU, 5-EV bracket at 1 EV intervals - and then navigate to the USER menu item and hit the OK button. Ta da! Next time you twist the Mode dial to USER, the settings will be the ones you last used when you saved to the USER option. Extremely useful and I wish we had at least two USER options. I assume the setup in the K7 is similar.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jbinpg Quote
On my K20D, you set up the camera as you wish - say for HDR, M mode, 2-sec MLU, 5-EV bracket at 1 EV intervals - and then navigate to the USER menu item and hit the OK button. Ta da! Next time you twist the Mode dial to USER, the settings will be the ones you last used when you saved to the USER option. Extremely useful and I wish we had at least two USER options. I assume the setup in the K7 is similar.

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Great!
Going to try this right away!
Thanks for the reply.

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12-28-2009, 07:34 PM   #4
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in actuality you can achieve 3 user modes as a minimum even though there is only 1 on the dial

Specifically

User is the one you fine tune even to a different white balance, it can have totally independant ISO etc than the other modes.

The set manual to a different ISO and finally you have the automatic modes where you can perhaps leave iso on Auto,

WHere this works is as follows,.

Lets say you are doing a wedding.

in the church, they may have a no flash policy and you set up iso and WB for the ambient lighting

then you are going to be out-doors using a flash, and you set TV mode for daylight, set the flash at perhaps -.5 ev (for fill only) For this one set auto ISO to a tight range so that you don't loose control of the grain,

the final one is indoors again where this time you want full flash and it will be dark. set the shutter where you want it and shoor away with a different ISO

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Jack,
I had a similar query as JP, and I am also grateful of the input. The USER feature is great but 'poorly' explained to a new user in the K-7 manual. Your explainations were 'spot on'.
Thank you for the help.
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thanks Jack and Lowell for some great advise.


cheers guys


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Now you'll really see what the cameras can do once you've tweaked the "custom" settings fully on each with different lenses. I did (k200d) once i got off my lazy arse, this is why i'm now ready for a K7
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I tried this User mode, and I probably goofed because it is not doing what it is supposed to do/show.
Anyway, it will work once I do it the way you guys say.
One thing I noticed, on the K7, is that once you're in the Menu* ... USER ... there is a second screen which you can access by pressing right or left on the 4-way controller; this screen shows a whole bunch of numbers, in three columns (if remember correctly). What is the use of that screen? Is this to check which USER mode you can use?
I'll go back to read this manual again ... never too clear in there.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jbinpg Quote
On my K20D, you set up the camera as you wish - say for HDR, M mode, 2-sec MLU, 5-EV bracket at 1 EV intervals - and then navigate to the USER menu item and hit the OK button. Ta da! Next time you twist the Mode dial to USER, the settings will be the ones you last used when you saved to the USER option. Extremely useful and I wish we had at least two USER options. I assume the setup in the K7 is similar.

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I agree ...even three user modes perhaps. I would forgo the two modes employing the ISO changes in favor of more USER modes. Perhaps you could move the Tav and Sv modes to the menu so those using these could still set up a USER mode to employ them.

Currently I have my USER mode set to my preferences for camera use on a tripod and otherwise have it set to use freehand, (ie: with shake reduction on for freehand and set to AV and shake reduction off etc., for tripod use).
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I just finished storing the settings I will use for catch-in focus, using my Zeiss 85/1.4. Great way to make use of this very useful option.
I too wished there were more than 2 or 3 USER's "storage": one for each of the lenses, with the related settings, I use.
For instance,
: USER1: Zeiss 85/1.4 Catch-in-Focus ... etc.
: USER2: DA*16-50 and all of the bells and whistles for scenery
: USER3: DA*300 and the proper settings for bird photography ...
... and so on.
Wouldn't that be something that could be done with a firmware update of some sort? I mean, this is all "computer programming" after all. The techs at Pentax sure could tweak something like that, don't you think?

JP
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