Canon 5D Camera Settings
Part Two - Custom Functions
Jim Doty, Jr.
Most of the custom functions on my 5D are at the default (0) settings. I will comment mostly on the few that I change.
01 SET BUTTON. 0:Default.
02 LONG EXPOSURE NOISE REDUCTION. Usually 0:Off. If I am doing long exposure astrophotography at
high ISOs, I turn this to 1:On.
03 FLASH SYNC IN Av MODE. Auto.
I usually use flash with the camera in MANUAL mode (the flash can be in TTL or manual mode) so I can control both aperture and shutter speed for the effect that I want. If I am using flash in Av (Aperture Priority) mode, I want the shutter speed to automatically adjust for the ambient light conditions. This will sometimes mean long shutter speeds. If this is not what I want, I go back to MANUAL mode.
04 SHUTTER BUTTON/AE LOCK BUTTON. Usually set to 0:AF/AE lock. Pushing the shutter button half way locks both autofocus and exposure. If I want to separate the two, I set this to 1:AE Lock/AF so the star (asterisk) button on the
back of the camera locks focus on the subject, I recompose, and the shutter button locks exposure.
05 AF ASSIST BEAM. Usually 0:Emits. If I am using flash in minimal light conditions, the pre-flash to focus is usually not a problem. If it is, I
turn it off.
06 EXPOSURE LEVEL INCREMENTS. 1/3 stop.
07 FLASH FIRING. 0:
08 ISO EXPANSION. 1:On. I try
to avoid ISO 3200 due to the digital noise, but if I need it, I want it to be quickly accessible.
09 BRACKET SEQUENCE, AUTO CANCEL.
Default, 0. I prefer the 0, minus, plus sequence with auto cancel. If I know I will shoot several bracketed sequences, I set this function to 1 which gives me the same
sequence order and doesn't turn off bracketing after one sequence. I usually bracket in MANUAL mode rather than using bracketing from the menu.
10 SUPERIMPOSED DISPLAY. On.
11 MENU BUTTON DISPLAY. 1:Previous. I want the same menu item to pop up as the last time, whether or not I turned off the camera.
12 MIRROR LOCKUP. For sports and people shooting this is set at default (0:Disable). For a lot of landscape, nature and closeup work this is turned on. Mirror
lockup is one of the most valuable features to have on a camera to prevent mirror vibration when using long lenses or doing macro work at slow shutter speeds.
13 AF POINT SELECTION. 0:Normal.
14 E-TTL II. 0:Evaluative
15 SHUTTER CURTAIN SYNC. For most flash work at flash sync shutter speeds, this is set at 0:1st-curtain sync. For special effects at long shutter speeds, this is
sometimes set to 2nd curtain sync.
16 SAFETY SHIFT in AV or TV.
1:Enable, simply as a precaution. I almost never choose Tv. In Av there is almost always a shutter speed available - but not always a good one depending on the lighting situation. In that case I change the ISO. For the kind of shooting I do, I haven't needed the safely shift but I have it on just in case.
17 AF POINT ACTIVATION AREA. Usually set to 0: Standard. I won't the most precise control of the autofocus point that I can get fro most shooting with only the central AF point turned
on. If I am using AI SERVO to track a moving subject, it works better of this the activation area is set to 1:Expanded for better tracking.
18 LCD DISPLAY - RETURN TO SHOOT. 0:With
Shutter Button only.
19 LENS AF STOP BUTTON. Default. 0:AF Stop
18 ADD ORIGINAL DECISION DATA. 0:Off
Part One - 5D Menu Settings
Part Three - 5D Top Deck Controls
January 31, 2006