bodyboarder_andrew wrote:I just whack it into shutter priority at 1/400s and everything is just peachy
1/400 s is a decent shutter speed, for like 6 oclock in the morning! At like 9 you should be getting shutter speeds of like 1/1000 s at least on like iso 200 and like 5.6-7.1 aperture. Setting it to TV at 1/400 will not only mean that when the light starts to pick up the camera starts setting apertures of like f16 and then youll get all the dust particles and spots that may be on your sensor really evident, photos look horrible as well, but also that is not really sufficient to stop action, surf photography is usually SS > 1/800 With such a narrow(deep) depth of field any imperfections on your port (scratches/water drops) also revealed. So what i did/do with my mates 30d, is set it to Manual, set the aperture to like 7.1 and get a reading of the conditions your shooting and set the shutter speed till its a good exposure. Then swap to TV and use that shutter speed and you'll be sweet.
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If i were you id go the aquatech or something with at least shutter speed and aperture dial. You dont realise how much you need to use them until theyr stuck behind an inch of fibreglass