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Margie R. Kirby
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2008

menu operations

Hello! My husband bought me the Canon 40D as an early present. I just received it a few nights ago and I am trying to figure out how to use it. I have used film all of my life and this is my very first digital. All was going well until.... I ran into a problem which may not actually be a problem for you all. I'm going to take my manual to work with me and look through it during my lunch break and try to figure out what to do. So, I am posting this question now just in case I can't find the answer tomorrow so when I return home from work I might have some leads or answers.

I was working with the menu operations and had some great success in setting some of the menu items. Across the top of my screen were 9 menu items when I was doing this the first time. A little while later I thought I would go back to look over some of the menu items and just familiarize myself with it. Well, I accidentally hit the multi-controller instead of the dial on the top which allowed me to navigate though the 9 menu items. After hitting the multi-controller, the 9 menu items decreased to either 4 or 5 items. I tried several times doing different things trying to fix it. But, I just can't get back the 9 menu items. At this point, I just don't know what to do. I am sure it is something very simple and I would love to hear about it. As I mentioned, I'm going to look through my manual tomorrow and hope to find something. If not, I hope that I hear from someone. Thank you!

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10/5/2008 8:59:58 PM

Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  All 9 menus are available when the camera is set for one of the "Creative Zone" exposure modes: P, Av, Tv, M, A-DEP, C1, C2, C3. If it is set to one of the "Basic Zone" exposure modes (green box and icons), then many of the camera options are fixed and canot be modified. See pp. 38-40 of the manual. In the table the shaded menus and functions (as well as the choice of RAW & sRAW) are not available when the camera is in a Basic Zone exposure mode.

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10/6/2008 6:09:01 AM

Margie R. Kirby
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2008
  Jon, I think that's it! I'll have to check my camera when I get home. I looked at the pages you mentioned and it seems like the shaded areas were the ones that had disappeared. I just didn't see the connection last night when thumbing through the manual and it was late. I bet that I had it set on a "basic zone" and just didn't realize it. I had a feeling it would be something simple to the experienced folk! Thanks so much!

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10/6/2008 7:03:16 AM

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