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Questions tagged [camera-controls]

Discussion of the buttons, dials, wheels, switches, and menus found on cameras.

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Why do camera bodies and some lenses both have autofocus / manual switches?

Why is it that lenses come with an AF option when the camera has the same? Which controls the AF? One would think that they contend with each other for control. Why have two entities doing the same ...
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IS Start? What does it mean and what does it stand for? (Canon 80D)

What does 'IS start' mean? I use a Canon 80D and located it under Custom Controls>DOF preview button>IS start. Can't seem to locate anything in the manual.
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Is there any way to disable pop-up UI animations on the Sony RX1R II?

The Sony RX1R II has annoying and unnecessary pop-up animations. For example, when in M mode and changing the shutter speed, an animated "shutter speed scale" appears on screen. This is annoying ...
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Are scene modes on compact camera much useful?

The scene mode selecting dial on my old compact camera is highly sensitive now, it could easily switch the mode even I don't touch it. Unfortunately there is no spare part left on this model, so I ...
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What is this strange circular design between shutter and EV compensation button on the Nikon D3300?

I found a strange circular design on my Nikon D3300. I could not find this referenced in the manual. What does this signify?
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error on lens or camera?

i brought a brand new d5300 50mm 1.8g and tamron 18-200 about 10 months ago. everything is fine. the camera and the 2 lens. i borrow a d300 for testing. i put 50mm to d300. everythings fine. it ...
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How to quickly switch from bracketed to single shot shooting?

I frequently switch between exposure bracketing and single shot shooting, and this is kind of a pain because I have to change two settings. For example, let's say I want to bracket 3 exposures with a ...
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How can I display the virtual horizon in the viewfinder of my Nikon D7200?

One of the exciting possibilities of the Nikon D7200 is that it apparently includes an internal orientation sensor that can check whether you're holding the camera level. Given that roughly 80% of my ...
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How to force Canon 200D to remember the last shoot settings when I turn it off?

I've just bought a Canon 200D and I'm facing an annoying issue where the camera doesn't remember the last drive mode and flash settings after I turn it off (in automatic mode). Is there any way to ...
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How do I keep the rear LCD on longer on a Nikon D200?

The LCD on the back of my Nikon D200 has a fairly short screensaver timeout that turns it off if I am not doing anything. This is fine, but sometimes I want to look at something carefully for a while. ...
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Should the winder be able to push forwards on an Olympus OM10 film camera?

My dad has given me his old Olympus OM10 film camera but he isn't sure if it works or not. The winder won't push forward fully but the camera has no batteries in it. Should the winder be able to push ...
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What does the “[r #]” value in Nikon viewfinders and displays mean?

I've been struggling to find any reference to this in the manual for the D5500. Presumably once I know what it's even called it will be easier to research. On the right in the viewfinder, and also in ...
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Is there a setting on the Panasonic Lumix FZ48 which would lock the buttons from working?

I recently purchased a mint condition Panasonic Lumix FZ48, it takes pictures and for the first 20 minutes or so all the functions worked but then all the other buttons stopped working, I can't access ...
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My lens doesn't have switches or buttons for focus or VR — does this matter?

I've got a new Nikon D5300 with 18-55mm and 70-300mm lenses. The 18-55mm lens provided with the camera doesn't have switches or buttons to change focus mode and turn on off VR, etc. Does it matter?
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Strategy for quickly turing off exposure bracketing on Pentax cameras

My camera is the Pentax K-50 but I imagine this will be similar for other Pentax DSLRs. My workflow for shooting usually goes like this: first take a test shot, then view it with the "bright/dark ...
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How to enable exposure bracketing on the Pentax K-50 while also selecting the focus point

On the Pentax K-50, one activates exposure bracketing by pressing right on the four-way controller, then selecting exposure bracketing from a small menu. The problem is that I quite often have the ...
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Is there a battery grip for the D3200 with a command dial on it?

Are there any battery grips for the D3200 with command dial on it? I ask because the one on my camera is broken. Are there any other alternatives where I can get a sub-command dial?
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How can I enable back button focus and disable focusing with shutter button on a Nikon D5500?

I assigned the AE-L, AF-L button to activate focusing on my Nikon D5500, but I can still focus using the shutter button. I would like to know if it was possible to use the AE-L/AF-L button to set ...
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Why can't I set the aperture on my Nikon D7200?

I have just recently bought the Nikon D7200 and am having trouble using aperture priority mode. I have been doing exactly what the manual says - I switch the mode to A but when I turn the dial on the ...
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interval time on an intervalometer

i want to take about 399 images using a shutter speed of 25" set on Canon 7d using an intervalometer. should the interval setting on int be approx 27" and should i turn off preview? does delay on ...
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Why doesn't the f-stop on my D7100 change when I hold +/- and change the dial in manual mode?

On my Nikon D7100, the f/stop will not go down from 14 when I hold down the +/- button and turn dial. All I get is a little number below but the photos do not change exposure when I change this number....
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Why is the Depth of Field Preview button necessary?

I've looked far and wide but i cannot find the answer for this question. I know some older cameras and lenses used to have aperture rings on them, which allowed the user to set how open or closed the ...
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Why do camera manufacturers stick with the same awkward control layout imposed by film cameras? [closed]

You could replace the full set of controls with some much more intuitive and integrated click-wheel or touch-screen controls. But a good chunk of photography classes (my wife has taken a few courses) ...
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Why does the mode dial on my Canon camera set the wrong mode? (Av is P, M is C2, etc.)

I've had my Canon 5D Mark iii for quite some time but I just stumbled upon this really upsetting issue. My Capturing mode wheel isn't displaying the right capture mode. When I place the dial on M, it ...
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How can I fix a Nikon D7000 where the mode dial selects the wrong thing?

On my Nikon D7000, the Exposure Mode Dial suddenly changed its alignment. When I select P, the camera chooses A. The setting indicated on the selector dial does not match the setting as shown in the ...
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Is there a way to press once to start and a second time to end bulb mode on a Canon Rebel T3?

I have a Canon Rebel T3. While the shutter speed is set to bulb, can I set it that so when I press the shutter release, it will open, and then press again to close? As it is now I have to continuously ...
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How do I control exposure in aperture priority mode?

I am a beginner, shooting in aperture priority mode. So I set the aperture I want for the scenery. Next thing is: how to control the exposure? I guess camera calculates everything else? I can change ...
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Is there a way to change the size of the custom white balance sampling area on Fujifilm X cameras?

Like many cameras, my Fujifilm X-T10 has a feature to set white balance by framing a white object and clicking the shutter. From the manual: White balance measurement options will be displayed; ...
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How can I change the ISO value on a Nikon D300S without taking my eye from the viewfinder?

I came from a Canon 450D to Nikon D300S and I have one minor complaint. The Canon allowed me to change all exposure settings while looking through the viewfinder and shooting in manual. In the Nikon, ...
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How to manually select aperture and shutter speed but have auto ISO on a Canon 7D?

I want to be able to manually adjust aperture and shutter speed, but leave ISO being set automatically. How can I do this on my Canon 7D?
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Why does my remote automatically trigger the self-timer on EOS60D?

I have purchased a Chinese remote control. While setting it to interval shooting for time-lapse, it automatically runs the self-timer for 2 seconds, which is unnecessary and eats up the battery. How ...
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Unable to change shutter speed, ISO, or aperture on Nikon D3100 in any mode

I recently bought a Nikon D3100. But I have a problem now: I can't change shutter speed, ISO, or aperture in any mode. I am stuck at 1/100 and when I try to wheel it shows me 1/80 for a second and ...
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How do I zoom in during image playback on a Nikon D3300?

I am new to the camera world. I have recently purchased a Nikon D3300. After I have taken a photo and try to view it on the screen, the plus (+magnification) button appears to do nothing when I try to ...
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Moving the Color Trim to Quick Control Screen

I just got a Canon 5D Mark II, and I am trying to get the settings so that the color trim is in the Quick Control Screen. Does anyone know how to get this there?
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Does the Sony A7 have a way to automatically adjust exposure parameters with a button press in M mode?

Is there a button (or custom function which could be assigned to some button) to auto-adjust exposure in Manual exposure mode on Sony Alpha 7? I am a new A7 user, and didn't find one yet. On other ...
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Why does my camera turn off after taking 2 to 3 shots?

My camera is acting weirdly these days... After putting fully charged batteries into it I was only able to take 2-3 shots before it turned off and showed the battery low symbol. So I took my camera to ...
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Looking for features on entry-level DSLR cameras

I am looking to upgrade an old Nikon D70 DSLR, as far as I can see features like dual control dials, and monochromatic LCD's on the top face of the camera displaying status information are missing ...
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How do disposable cameras work without exposure and focus control?

Before I got into photography, I used to use disposable cameras with ISO 400 film. I've gotten some decent results in various lighting, both inside and outside and at different focus distances. How do ...
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Does the Nikon D600 have a lockable mode wheel?

At the moment I am using a D7000 for portrait shoots but for some reason I keen on knocking the mode wheel from A to M quite often and it results in over or underexposed shots. I see that on top of ...
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Can I use the Samsung Nx300 in bulb mode without continually holding the shutter?

How can I shoot with my Samsung nx300 in bulb mode, without continuing to press the shutter button?
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Will I damage the command dial on my D5200 if I rotate it quickly?

In a Youtube video on the D5200 I saw that the guys handling the camera rotated the command dial very fast. I used to rotate the dial one jump at a time fearing that otherwise I would damage the ...
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How is a Bulb mode enabled for a Canon EOS 70D?

I've owned a Canon EOS 70D for two weeks, but when I wanted to make a long exposure of the Geminid meteors I couldn't find the BULB Mode. Only a maximum of 30s shutter speed. So my question is: Is ...
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What cameras have aperture controls on the lens?

I used to own an old Minolta x-700. The thing I loved about that camera is that aperture was controlled using a ring on the lens. I've since used other cameras where aperture and shutter speed are ...
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How has the interface changed from the Fuji X100 to the Fuji X100S?

How does the Fuji X100 interface different from X100S? I've read a lot of reviews that said that when the X100 first came out, the interface was very convoluted. Also I read that with the latest ...
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Can I activate VR using the AF-on button instead of a shutter half-press on my Nikon DSLR?

Usually I use the AF-on button on my Nikon D300 to focus when shooting sports. This way I can focus on the center, recompose, and be ready when something interesting happens. When using a lens with ...
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Why don't the zoom buttons work on my DSLR?

I am a newbie to the new camera I just bought. It is a Nikon D5200 it has the original lens that came on the camera a 18-55 lens on it. My question is when I turn the lens to the 55 and then push the ...
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Why do Nikon cameras use lowercase “O”s instead of zeroes?

On every Nikon camera with an external LCD display and/or an in-finder one, figures of zero are stylized as the bottom half of an 8 rather than the outer rectangle of segments as used on almost every ...
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Do I use the camera or lens switch to change between auto and manual focus?

I own Nikon D7000 with 18-105mm lens. I am bit confused how the auto focus and manual focus switching works, particularly with my gear. The confusing part is both the camera and lens have an A-M ...
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How do I activate wireless flash control with a Canon 60D?

I recently purchased a 430EX II for my 60D. When trying to set up the wireless flash control, I don't have "Flash Control" as an option in my menu. Do I need to perform a software update?
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What is the “AF Stop” button on some Canon lenses?

When looking at custom functions in Canon camera manuals, I've come across mention of setting functionality to have happen when the "AF Stop" button is pressed - a button that, apparently, exists on ...