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Re: New camera - what do you do first?

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keep it simple and toss the manual in the bin.
That's just the sort of advice I need!

Flask of coffee made, sandwiches packed and now I'm off to take my new camera for a walk.

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Re: New camera - what do you do first?

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Immediately hide the box and packaging so it becomes " just one of my old cameras "


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I have a similar problem/procedure with new Vinyl LP's. I slip them behind a Dire Straights LP that I really have had for years and hope they are not noticed.
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Re: New camera - what do you do first?

When I used a DSLR, I did set Raw only but, since changing to Olympus mirrorless, with excellent exposure information displayed in the viewfinder, I find JPEGs are almost always good, straight from the camera.

Being a belt-and-braces type, I now set RAW+JPEG but, most of the time, the raw files are just stored for possible future use.
I find searching the web -including this site, for hints and tips is usually better than reading the manual.
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Re: New camera - what do you do first?

Batteries on charge
Hide any evidence of purchase
File manual under when stuck read.
Fit grip
Fit side strap
Find card/cards
Check fit in bags
Clean lenses
Take battery out of charger (this after about ten mins)
Go and play with camera until battery runs out
Put card in computer and try to convince myself I am a much better photographer!
Forget to put battery back in charger.
Go online and tell this group about my new camera and promise to post some shots.
Curse myself for forgetting to put battery back on charge.
Leaf through manual ( pictures)
Hold camera and tell myself that charging will not be long.
Read manual to find out how long it takes to charge a battery.
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Go and do something else
See item 13.

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Re: New camera - what do you do first?

My work thru is maybe to read the basics,ie battery installation, a basic what's this diagram and lens fittings. But then as already suggested get the thing on the road and try it out. After that you begin to know what questions to ask....

I am not particularly good at reading and understanding these manuals, as they often use words I don't understand. I prefer to watch a Youtube presentation. Mind you have to sort those out as well.

Anyway, by the sounds of it you are well ahead now....
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Re: New camera - what do you do first?

The first thing I would do. once I had a charged battery installed, would be to go through the menus, setting my preferences e.g RAW only files, RC On, IS, preferred option On, focus and exposure area selected, ISO selected, Focus Peaking On, colour gradation Normal, Face Detection Off. That would be for Manual and Aperture Priority modes. Pretty soon I would want to link my flash guns for RC (flash menu).

I have one camera with a strap and one without. When I was using a tripod frequently I found it liable to get caught up.

I find the pdf manuals sufficient. The only hard copy manuals I have in my bag are for the setting linking of RC between my Nissin flash (for A7R) and the control unit.

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Re: New camera - what do you do first?

I have had the camera for about nine years so I can't remember exactly what I did but I probably paid minimal attention to the manual. Except may be finding out how to set the function button. But for some reason I still carry it around in the camera bag.
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Re: New camera - what do you do first?

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That's exactly what I had to do when I got back. Despite having two fully charged batteries, one in the camera and one in the grip, the camera died on me after a few hours.

Could I find it where to change the settings? Not a chance. The Youtube video was perfectly clear and simple, apart from the menu that he was explaining so clearly and simply was missing from my display? What is this? Witchcraft?

After much throwing of manual at wall (a speciality of mine which really ought to be an Olympic sport) I eventually found the setting where I had very cleverly turned this menu off and all was well...

...until the next time!

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Re: New camera - what do you do first?

1) Put battery in to check if there's enough charge to start using immediately

2) Take some shots indoors

3) Take some more in the garden

4) Download pdf manual to 8" tablet for taking out in camera pack

5) Take camera out

6) Order an Op/Tech strap for it

7) Watch some youtube how to videos

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Re: New camera - what do you do first?

I have remembered that I do look at the manual for the little diagram of how to thread the strap correctly. I can never remember exactly how to do it. It is important to do it the way they show, if you want it to be really secure.
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Re: New camera - what do you do first?

If you are coming from another Olympus camera (Prosumer, PEN or E-series), there shouldn't be much stuff you need to get used to.

BUT first thing to do, FACTORY RESET. That's was my mistake when I first got that EM1.2. You really don't know what the shop or the technician may have set.

Next, as mentioned, charge the battery, Find that SCP and make sure it's on display, stuff in a SD and start shooting.
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The good news is that " just one of my old cameras " really could be an investment.

I bought my RZ67 in 2015 from a camera shop in Japan. I paid about 400 for it including shipping in mint condition complete with the 110 mm f2.8 'standard' lens and an extra film magazine. Over the next year or two I bought four additional lenses which all cost somewhere between 80 and 130 delivered.

This was a particular itch that I had wanted to scratch for some time and at those prices, and with a drawer full of Velvia in the freezer there was no reason not to.

Anyhow, following a recent discussion on FaceBook concerning the current value of MF film cameras I had a look on evilBay and was amazed to see that the same outfit would now cost around 1,800, whilst the lenses attract considerably more too.
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Re: New camera - what do you do first?

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The good news is that " just one of my old cameras " really could be an investment.

I bought my RZ67 in 2015 from a camera shop in Japan. I paid about 400 for it including shipping in mint condition complete with the 110 mm f2.8 'standard' lens and an extra film magazine. Over the next year or two I bought four additional lenses which all cost somewhere between 80 and 130 delivered.

This was a particular itch that I had wanted to scratch for some time and at those prices, and with a drawer full of Velvia in the freezer there was no reason not to.

Anyhow, following a recent discussion on FaceBook concerning the current value of MF film cameras I had a look on evilBay and was amazed to see that the same outfit would now cost around 1,800, whilst the lenses attract considerably more too.
Although those tw*** at Fuji"Film" are increasing the cost of their film prices by 30% (on the 1st April, would you believe) my film cameras are increasing nicely, thank you.
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Although those tw*** at Fuji"Film" are increasing the cost of their film prices by 30% (on the 1st April, would you believe) my film cameras are increasing nicely, thank you.
The new Kodakchrome film is pricey too, but Ektar is more reasonable.

Film seems to be gaining popularity right now; not just older photographers going back to it, but millennials who see it as trendy and 'cool'.

I love using film but I use it sparingly so I have plenty for a while yet. That said I think I might stock up before 1st April.
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