Canon 5D Mark III Custom Settings

I was one of the lucky ones that received my Canon 5D Mark III the week it was released. Here are the settings I am using.

 

SHOOT 1

Image Quality RAW

Image Review 2sec

Beep Disable

Release shutter without card OFF

Lens aberration correction Enabled

External Speedlight Control

*Firing Enable

*ETTLII Meter Evaluative

*Flash Sync in Av AUTO [I don't use Av]

Mirror Lockup OFF

 

SHOOT 2

AEB – Leave at ZERO unless I am bracketing shots for a reason

ISO Speed Setting:

*ISO Range: 50 (L) – 12800

*Auto ISO Range: 100-12800[I don't use AutoISO]

*Min Shutter Speed: AUTO

AutoLightingOptimizer: DISABLE

WB

Custom WB

WB Bracket

Color Space ADOBE RGB

 

Shoot3

Picture Style: Faithful

Long Exposure Noise Reduction: OFF [I rarely shoot long exposures]

High ISO speed NR : STANDARD [this only affects jpegs]

Highlight Tone Priority OFF

Dust Data Delete [I prefer to keep my sensor clean and use photoshop if something gets on the sensor]

Multiple Exposure DISABLE [enable when using]

HDR Mode DISABLE [enable when using]

 

Shoot 4

Live View: DISABLE

AF More LIVE [I don't really use Live View, so it doesn't affect me]

GRID OFF

Aspect 3:2

Expo Simulation: Enable

Silent LV shoot Mode 1

Metering timer 16 seconds

 

AF 1

Case 2, but depends on what I am shooting

 

AF 2

AI Servo 1st Image Priority

 

AF 3

USM after One-Shot AF ON

AF-Assist bean firing ON

 

AF4

Lens drive when AF impossible ON

Selectable AF Points ONLY CROSS-TYPE AF POINTS

AF area Select Mode:

I use spot AF if I am trying to focus through something like a cage or foreground object

I use Single Spot for more accurate every day shooting

I use expand AF area for general shooting and sports

I do not use AF area surround, zone or auto.

AF area selection method M-Fn

Orientation linked AF: Same for horizontal and vertical

 

AF 5

Manual AF point CONTINUOUS

AF point display during focus: Selected CONSTANT

VF Display Illumination: ON

AF Microadjustment: I highly recommend doing this.

 

Play 1 and Play 2 don’t really have shooting options

 

Play 3

Highlight Alert ENABLE [this lets you know if you are blowing out whites on the review]

AF Point Display ENABLE [red dot on focus point]

Playback Grid OFF

Histogram BRIGHTNESS

Movie TIME CODE

Magnification ACTUAL SIZE [one of my favorite features. Press zoom and instantly see your pic at 100% and see that it is in focus]

CTRL over HDMI Disable [I wont use this]

 

SET UP

Rec Function STD

File Numbering Continuous

File Name _TC1 – I use _ because I use ADOBE RGB color space, the camera will put this anyway. I use TC1 for my initials and what camera number the file is coming from.

AutoRotate ON [camera][computer]

 

SetUP 2

AutoPower OFF 1 Minute

LCD Brightness MANUAL

Date/Time www.time.gov

VF Grid DISABLE

 

SET UP3

Video NTSC

info button display options: ELECTRONIC LEVEL

Rate button RATING (and I only rate 1*, so one press is 1* and two presses is 0*)

 

Set UP4

Register your shooting modes

Copyright info (I have my name and website here)

Current firmware

 

CFn1

Exposure 1/3

ISO 1/3

Bracketing auto cancel ON

Bracketing sequence 0-+

Number of bracketed shots 3

Safety Shift DISABLE [again, I am a manual shooter and don't really use it]

 

CFn2

Warnings in viewfinder NONE

LV Shooting MASKED

Dial Direction NORMAL

Multifunction lock NONE

Custom controls:

Shutter button: METERING START

AF ON: Metering and AF

*: *

DOF button: OFF

Lens AF Stop: AF Stop

MFn: *

Set: ISO (BIGGEST gripe about this camera is I can’t make this set WB on the back screen.)

Top wheel: shutter speed in manual

Back wheel: aperture in manual

Multifunction dial: AF point

 

CFn3

Add Cropping information OFF

Default erase: Cancel

 

 

 

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