What are your U1, U2, and U3 Settings on GR III(x)

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ViMa Senior Member • Posts: 1,847
Re: What are your U1, U2, and U3 Settings on GR III(x)

Starny wrote:

ViMa wrote:

Starny wrote:

ViMa wrote:

I have My1 named Street but it is basically my go-to for daylight shooting outdoors. In the GR III it's set in Aperture priority at f8, ISO 1600 (I don't mind high ISO and would rather have a high shutter speed, especially when shooting monochrome which I generally do) and snap focus at 1.5 or 2 (my GR III is on its way to MPB as I await my GR IIIx so can't check). WB is at daylight and I have a monotone preset that is as flat as possible. I mostly use the histogram to deal with the exposure.

My2 is named Night and is my go-to indoors or night shooting. It is Aperture priority at f2.8, ISO 6400, flat monochrome, multi auto WB and single point AF with full press snap enabled. I've been using this most of the time as I'm more or less confined home with a baby.

My3 is named Travel and is my main mode when travelling but also in general when I'm doing "dedicated photography" where I can take some more time to compose etc. (Not street or portraits). It's set on manual at f8, ISO100 and SS100 with auto WB and a flat monochrome setting as above. It's single shot AF but I've set the FN button for switch to manual focus (My1 and My2 I have been trying crop mode for my FN button, tentatively).

I have another setting called IR saved, in which I have the WB and settings saved for when I used a 500smth IR filter I have for monochrome IR photography. I have used that maybe once so far.

There's a way to access the other 3 settings but you can only use 3 at a time. Basically you relegate 3 of your 6 saved settings to your 3 options.

Thank you for your excellent response ViMa.

So, in your My1 example, the only variable would be shutter speed and maybe EC via the control dial?

Yes, or in the unlikely case I wished to change the snap focus distance. Sometimes I'd also change ISO.

How do you go to and from Snap Focus to Auto Focus? "Fn" button? What is your opinion of Manual Focus? Must be somewhat difficult with the monitor only. Do you use the MF Auto Magnifier and does the Focus Bar on the left actually help?

If i'm shooting Snap Focus proper, then I just change focus from the quick option via the back wheel press (where y ou change exposure compensation). If I'm on full press snap, i'm already on AF. I do not use the magnifier. Even when I shot with the manual mitakon f0.95, I hated the magnifier.

On a mostly sunny day your exposure would need to be changed for bright sunlight to sunny but under a cloud, so you just change up your shutter speed in this case?

Yes and no. Since it's aperture priority, I don't change anything - the camera does it for me. I'd only change exposure compensation if I'm not happy with the exposure.

So your U1 or U2, etc., is more or less a starting point for exposure, not really fixed?

It's fixed for U1 and U2 in that I could simply change to that and shoot and know I'll get a +/-0 Exposure with those settings, but I change the settings when needed. If it's really bright outside, for instance, I'll lower the ISO.

I am still trying to wrap my head around the Snap Focus feature. I could possibly understand this at night because many have complained about its low-light focusing abilities, but why would you want this during the day? Just for some type of preset DOF?

I took a while before I realised how much greater this is than I initially thought. I used to only have it as full press snap. Think of snap focus as a really well implemented zone focus. You have it at a preset distance and aperture and with the GR III you know your shots will be in focus from 1 to 6 metres (say). Therefore you don't even have to think of focussing when out and about, unless your subject is closer or further than that. In that case, simply change the snap focus. Snap focus will always be faster than the fastest autofocus, but you need to learn to gauge distance with your eyes. With the GR IIIx I expect this to become much harder, but I'll try.

Does the monitor show the DOF depending on distance and aperture in Snap?

It does. It's really helpful.

I would probably be ok with just the three U1, U2, and U3 settings on the Mode Dial...but who knows! I will probably try some video but my Sony is much better at it, and oddly, probably my smart phone too, from what I'm hearing.

I basically only use those 3. As for video, I'd suggest you forget it exists. I've remapped my video button to the ND filter (which I rarely remember to use other than when I mount my 16 stop NDs and they are not enough for long exposures - Greece can be very bright.

If you have a 6 year old phone or newer, your video will be better.

I am not planning to use the video function at all. I even reprogrammed the video button on my Sony to Aspect Ratio I think. I can still shoot video since the top dial has a video notch and then I just start a video with the shutter release.

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