Suggested settings for the Canon EOS 10D
Please note that these suggestions are a guide. Many custom function settings will be to the photographer's individual preferences, but leaving these few set as below will assure that anyone who picks up the camera will start off right. That's important for shared equipment.
||Adobe RGB (don't change any of the other settings)
||30 Minutes, (It takes forever to wake from Sleep)
||DO NOT base your exposure on the screen brightness. Please use a hand-held meter or read your histogram.
||Turn the camera off when changing lenses. If the sensor is charged, it will pick up more dust. Also, clean the back of your lenses before mounting. To clean your sensor, use the "sensor cleaning" option in the menu to lock up the mirror with an un-charged sensor. Then use a blower bulb to gently clean. NEVER use dust-off.
||The 10D auto white balance is not as good as the 1D or 1DS because there is no external WB sensor. For the most accurate balance, use custom WB by shooting a white card, selecting that image in the "custom WB" menu option, and then setting your white balance to "custom." Your white card setting will ONLY be used when you shoot on the "custom" setting.
||0 - The set button (in the middle of the back dial) does nothing when shooting
||1 - Can't release shutter if no card in camera
||1 - Locks 1/200 sync in Av mode
||1 - Set focus to back button (use 0 if you prefer to focus with the shutter)
||2 - Only fire AF assist light when using external flash
||1 - 1/3 stop exposure increments
||0 - Sets assist button default focus piont to the center point
||5 - Largest JPEG used when shooting RAW
||0 - Auto bracketing sequence
||0 - Focus point lights up in viewfinder
||1 - When hitting menu button, it defaults to the previous selected menu item. We suggest leaving this on FORMAT so you can reformat quickly every time you put a new card in the camera
||0 - Setting this to 1 locks up the mirror
||1 - Hitting the assist button brings focus to the registered focus point (set with CF#7)
||1 - Disable automatic fill-flash reduction
||0 - 1st curtain flash sync
||0 - Disables safety shift in Av or Tv mode
||0 - Sets black button on front of long lenses to AF stop