"P" mode and "Av" mode..whats the difference on a Canon 400d?

Discussion in 'Canon' started by the_niner_nation, May 26, 2007.

  1. the_niner_nation

    Alan Browne Guest

    HEMI-Powered wrote:

    I think that you're trying to get too much quantity into your quality.

    I took a couple hours to photograph a friends Benz a few years ago.
    Very nice results, but nowhere near pro-photog quality...

    If it's a "collection of photos of every damned car ever presented at a
    rally" then that's what you will get. But few high Q shots...

    You too. ( Cerberus give holidays? )
    Alan Browne, May 29, 2007
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  2. the_niner_nation

    HEMI-Powered Guest

    Alan Browne offered these thoughts for the group's consideration
    of the matter at hand:
    Alan, again, I thank you for your thoughts. If I demeaned or
    isulted you at any time, I apologize; it certainly wasn't
    intentional. All I can say is that we each do what we think best.

    My daughter and her fiance were over yesterday. They just got
    back from Mackinac Island. She has an older Kodak 4 mp P & S, he
    has a new Canon something or other that cost him about $400 at
    Costco. She just prints at 4 x 6 and doesn't give a rip about
    quality. He intends to shoot at the full 7 mp because doncha
    know, that's how you get better pictures. Neither are completely
    right nor completely wrong. But, their views ARE completely
    different, certainly very different than mine and even more
    different than yours. He likes all the neat features like IS
    multiple images sizes and qualities and all sorts of manual modes
    but has zero knowledge of photography at all. It'll be
    interesting to see what happens when he starts experimenting!
    Life is one big compromise and is also frequently a zero sum
    game, so you are correct.
    Don't know about Cerberes! I'm retired so on one big "holiday".
    The Cerberes deal hasn't gone through yet, it will proably be
    fall before all the approvals are secured. Nobody knows,
    obviously, what they plan. Being that I wasn't in a union, I
    wouldn't be surprised if they chipped away at my pension and
    HEMI-Powered, May 29, 2007
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  3. Hello.

    Has anyone said that, in your 400D handbook, there may be a table showing
    what each mode offers?

    This certainly is the case with my 350D handbook.

    Regards, Ian.
    Fred Anonymous, May 29, 2007
  4. the_niner_nation


    Aug 11, 2010
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    It's actually Canon's nomenclature (which they've consistenly used since the introduction of the Canon A-1 in 1977) that's correct. It's the Aperture value or the Time value you prioritize by selecting Av or Tv, not the aperture or shutter itself.

    So when you have a mode selector where you can select priority for Av, there should be such an icon. But in manual mode, the simpler cameras don't have any dedicated dial to control both the time and aperture values. Hence an Av button is needed, to modify what the main dial changes. The same button is also labelled +/-, since in other modes than manual, it will change the exposure compensation.
    apersson850, Aug 11, 2010
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