Canon 1D Mark IV Review

 
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Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Modes and Menus

The Canon EOS-1D Mark IV doesn't have a mode dial, but instead has a mode button. The current exposure mode is displayed on the top-panel status display and the rear-panel LCD, but not in the optical viewfinder displays. The exposure mode can be changed by pressing this button and rotating the Main or Quick Control dials. Available exposure modes are: P (Programmed Auto), Av (Aperture Priority), M (Manual), Tv (Shutter Priority), and Bulb. Like all Canon professional cameras, the 1D Mark IV doesn't offer any scene modes.

A Custom menu setting enables a "Safety Shift" option, which automatically adjusts the primary variable (shutter speed or aperture) in Tv or Av mode, if the setting you've selected won't permit a good exposure under the current lighting conditions. This could come into play if you were shooting in shutter-priority mode to achieve a motion-blur effect, but the light suddenly got brighter, pushing the required aperture value beyond what the lens could provide. In this situation, the camera would automatically boost the shutter speed the minimum amount needed to achieve a good exposure. Alternatively, the safety shift function can work by adjusting the ISO sensitivity, in which case it is available in P, Tv, or Av modes.

Here's a description of each of the shooting modes:

Program AE: Aperture and shutter speed are automatically selected by the camera, but by turning the Main dial, you can bias the exposure to larger apertures / faster shutter speeds or vice versa while maintaining the same exposure value. Once you've chosen an offset in the aperture/shutter combination, the camera will continue to control the exposure automatically, while maintaining the aperture/shutter bias you've selected This ability to select a persistent bias for the exposure system is very useful -- in many cases more so than conventional Aperture or Shutter Priority exposure (see below). This is because the "tweaked" Program AE will track even radical changes in subject lighting, not being constrained to a single aperture or shutter speed. Turning the Quick Control dial, if enabled, adjusts exposure compensation within a +/-3EV range.

Aperture-Priority AE: Allows you to set the lens aperture (with available apertures depending on the lens in use), while the camera selects the most appropriate shutter speed. You have control over all other exposure variables, including exposure compensation.

Manual Exposure: Lets you control both shutter speed and lens aperture independently. Since both variables are controlled manually, exposure compensation isn't available. The metered exposure level is indicated in the viewfinder and (if enabled) on the rear panel LCD display, providing a guide to the appropriate exposure.

Shutter-Priority AE: The opposite of Aperture-Priority mode, Shutter-Priority AE allows you to manually set the shutter speed anywhere from 1/8,000 to 30 seconds, while the camera chooses the best corresponding aperture setting. Again, you have control over all other exposure variables, including exposure compensation.

Bulb: In this mode, the shutter stays open as long as the shutter button is pressed. This is useful for long exposures such as night scenes, fireworks, and astrophotography. The top Status display reports the elapsed time, in hours, minutes and seconds, as the exposure progresses. (The minutes and seconds values appear to the left of the aperture value, while the hours appear to the right of the aperture value when applicable). The use of an RS-80N3 Remote Switch or TC-80N3 Timer Remote Controller is recommended.

Live View / Movie Recording Mode
Before these modes can be entered for the first time, they must be enabled through the Live View / Movie Function Setup screen of the 1D Mark IV's menu system, accessed from screen 2 of the Setup menu. You're presented with an either/or decision as to whether the Live View or Movie mode should be available, so switching between the two will require a visit to the menu system. Once either mode is activated, the Set button serves to enter or exit Live View or Movie mode, at which time the camera's mirror and shutter open, and a live preview image is shown on the LCD..

In Live View mode, the 1D Mark IV mostly functions as it would in regular still shooting, except that images are framed on the LCD display, rather than through the optical viewfinder. There are a few important differences, though. The only metering mode available is Evaluative, and in burst shooting, the 1D Mark IV will not adjust the exposure between subsequent frames. Three autofocus modes are available, selected with the AF / Drive button, or through the menu system. These include Live mode (contrast detection from the autofocus sensor), Face Detect Live mode (similar, but the camera detects faces in the scene, and selects one for focusing), and finally Quick mode (briefly interrupts live view to focus using the dedicated AF sensor). AF point selection is performed using the Multi-Controller from the AF / Drive button dialog, and repeated presses of the AF point selection button instead serves to cycle between 5x and 10x magnified views, before returning to the full image view. (These magnified views aren't available if using the Face Detect Live AF mode.) Live View mode shooting also offers a grid overlay function, and several overlays that can show camera setup and a live histogram on top of the image preview. If desired, an exposure simulation function sets the preview to reflect the current exposure variables, although in extremely bright or dark conditions, this may not be possible.

In Movie mode, the FEL button functions as the start/stop button for movie recording. Unlike most other movie-capable SLR cameras on the market, the Canon 1D Mark IV can perform single autofocus operations during movie operation, although even with USM lenses, some degree of focusing noise is picked up on the audio track. (Like most digital SLR video modes, continuous autofocus isn't available in Movie mode.) Another feature of the 1D Mark IVi's movie mode that's rather uncommon is that it allows fully manual control over aperture, shutter speed, and (optionally) ISO sensitivity. The 1D Mark IV's internal microphone is monaural, but the camera also includes an external microphone jack compatible with stereo microphones. Movie recording capacity varies based on the size of memory card you're using, but is in all cases limited to a maximum of 29 minutes and 59 seconds. (That's thanks to European tax regulations, but as it turns out, the 4GB limit on video file sizes will in practice restrict you to shorter movie clips anyway.) AF modes are identical to the Live View mode, and the grid function is also available, but the exposure simulation function is replaced by an option to disable audio in Movie mode, and the image magnification function is only available before recording starts.

 

Playback Mode
This mode is entered by pressing the Play button on the back panel. Playback mode lets you view, protect, or erase images and movies, or copy them between flash cards in each of the camera's dual slots. Still images can be magnified, rotated, or set up for printing on DPOF-compatible devices. You can also view an index display of all images and movies, with either four or nine thumbnails per page. A slide show function is available, and allows the user to select whether the 1D Mark IV should display just still images, just movies, or both together.  It also allows the slide show to be restricted to stills and movies from a specific date or folder. The Info button toggles between displaying the image or movie alone, with a basic information display, with a detailed information display including luminance histogram (which can optionally be changed through the Playback menu to display separate RGB histograms instead), and finally a partial information display plus both RGB and luminance histograms.

 

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Menu Details

Below are Canon 1D Mark IV menu options and their descriptions.


Record Menu 1:

Record Menu Options: Screen 1
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Third-Level
Notes
White Balance
-Auto
-Daylight
-Shade
-Cloudy
-Tungsten
-Fluorescent
-Flash
-Custom (1 to 5)
-Kelvin Temperature (2,500 to 10,000)
Custom WB
-Register image on card
- Record and register image
- Edit caption
- Set as white balance
Choose an existing image or shoot a new one, then set white balance from the image. Five different custom white balance settings can be recorded. The edit caption option allows a 20 character name to be assigned to each custom white balance preset. Regardless of the menu language in use, only English upper and lower-case letters, numbers, and a limited selection of punctuation characters are available.
White Balance Shift/BKT
-Set the color shift on a two-dimensional grid (Green/Magenta, Blue/Amber)

- Choose bracket (+/-3 Magenta and Green, +/-3 Blue and Amber)
Color Space
-sRGB
-Adobe RGB
Picture Style
-Standard
-Portrait
-Landscape
-Neutral
-Faithful
-Monochrome
-User Def. 1
-User Def. 2
-User Def. 3
-Sharpness (arbitrary units from 0 to 7)
-Contrast (9 units from - to +)
-Saturation (9 units from - to +)
-Color Tone (9 units from - to +)
Monochrome has Filter and Toning effect instead of Saturation and Color Tone. Filters are None, Yellow, Orange, Red, or Green. Toning effects are None, Sepia, Blue, Purple, or Green.
Peripheral Illumination Correction
-Enable
-Disable
If on, the camera corrects for corner shading "vignetting" in JPEGs, depending on which lens is detected (therefore, probably won't work with third-party lenses).

 

Record Menu 2:

Record Menu Options: Screen 2
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Third-Level
Notes
JPEG Quality
- L
- M1
- M2
- S
- 1 to 10
Select the JPEG quality (compression level) separately for each possible image resolution. 1 is lowest quality - highest compression, 10 is highest quality / least compression. Default is 8 for all image sizes.
Image Size
- Raw
- Disabled
- Raw 16M 4,896 x 3,264
- MRaw 9.0M 3,672 x 2,448
- SRaw 4.0M 2,448 x 1,632
Select file types and sizes to record. The EOS-1D Mark IV has two reduced resolution RAW options, MRAW and SRAW. You can select any size and quality Raw and JPEG simultaneously, or select only to record in one file format. If both formats are set to disabled, the setting will automatically revert to saving Large JPEGs only. If Record Function in Setup Screen 1 is set to Rec. Separately, these options are replaced by the ability to select one file size / type per card slot -- either L, M1, M2, S, Raw, MRaw, or SRaw -- to be recorded simultaneeously.
- JPEG
- Disabled
- L 16M 4,896 x 3,264
-M1 12M 4,320 x 2,880
- M2 8.4M 3,552 x 2,368
- S 2,448 x 1,632
Review Time
-Off
-2 sec.
-4 sec.
-8 sec.
-Hold
If off, the camera does not display the captured image after capture, otherwise the image appears for the designated time.

Hold setting displays the image until the auto power off time elapses.

Beep
-On
-Off
Turns all camera beep sounds on or off.
Release Shutter Without Card
- Enable
- Disable
If enabled, the camera will fire the shutter even without a memory card inserted.
Dust Delete Data
-Cancel
-OK

Captures a reference image for the dust reduction system, showing where dust is present on the sensor. Dust shadows can then be automatically removed from the images when they're processed through Canon's software.
External Speedlite Control
- Flash Function Settings
- Flash C.Fn. Settings
-Clear All Speedlite C.Fn's
Available options depends on flash model attached.

 

Playback Menu 1:

Playback Menu Options: Screen 1
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Third-Level
Notes
Protect Images
-Select Images
-Set
Sets or removes protection mark. Protected images can only be deleted by reformatting the memory card.
 
- All images in folder
- Clear all images in folder
- All images on card
- Clear all images on card
 
Rotate
-Set
Rotates selected image clockwise, either 90 or 270 degrees. A third press will return the image to its original rotation. Movies cannot be rotated, and still images will only be shown as rotated in camera (Canon's software,
Erase Images
-Select and erase images
-All images in folder
-All images on card
- Set
-Erase
Erases images. You are prompted for confirmation before data is deleted. Protected images are not deleted.
Print Order
-Sel. Image
- Set
- Number of copies
Marks images on the memory card for later printing on a DPOF (Digital Print Order Format) compatible printer.

-By folder
-Mark all in folder
-Clear all in folder
-All image
-Mark all on card
-Clear all on card
-Setup
-Print Type (Standard, Index, Both)
-Date (On, Off)
-File No. (On, Off)
Image Copy
- Sel. Image
- Sel. Folder
- All Image
- Set
-Erase
Allows images to be copied from the card slot that is currently active for playback, to the other card slot. The Sel. Image option only allows images in one folder to be selected at a time. If the target folder / file name already exists, the 1D Mark IV will prompt the user whether to replace the existing file, skip the file and continue processing the queue, or cancel the operation. Print order information isn't transferred to the copied image.

 

Playback Menu 2:

Playback Menu Options: Screen 2
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Third-Level
Notes
Highlight Alert
-Disable
-Enable
Enables a blinking highlight display in Playback mode
AF Point Display
-Disable
-Enable
If Enabled, the AF point(s) used to set focus appear in red in the image display
Histogram
-Brightness
-RGB

RGB option displays individual histograms for each color channel, brightness shows only a single graph.
Enlarge Display
- Enlarge from image center
Enlarge from selected AF point

Selects whether the playback zoom should begin around the image center, or the AF point used to lock focus. (Depending on Custom Function III-8, this may not be the manually selected AF point.)
Image Jump w/ Main Dial
-1 image
-10 images
-100 images
-Date
-Folder
-Movies
-Stills
Selects how image jump works using the Main Dial.

Slide Show
-Select images
-All images
-Stills
-Movies
-Date
-Folder
Sets up Slide Show feature. Users can choose to play all folders, one folder, or just photos taken on a particular date. The Menu button stops playback.
-Setup
-Play time(1 to 5 sec.)
-Repeat (On or Off)
-Start

 

Setup Menu 1:

Setup Menu Options: Screen 1
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Third-Level
Notes
Auto Power Off
-1 min.
-2 min.
-4 min.
-8 min.
-15 min.
-30 min.
-Off

Record Func. + Media Folder Sel.
- Record Func.
- Standard
- Auto switch media
- Rec. separately
- Rec. to multiple

Standard records images to card selected using rear LCD info panel, until full. Auto switch media is the same as standard, but will switch to the second card slot once the first is full. Record separately will save each image on both card slots, with the file type / size for each card slot being set using the Image Size option in Record Menu 1. Finally, Record to Multiple will save all data simultaneously to both cards. For both the last two options, identical file names are used for each image on both cards (with the exception of extension, as applicable). Also, if either card fills up, you can't continue shooting on the remaining card using these two options. Movies cannot be recorded to two cards simultaneously, and will hence write to whichever card slot has been selected for playback.

- Record / Play
- Slot 1
- Slot 2
- Wireless File Transmitter

WFT is only listed when attached. If Record Func. is set to Rec. Separately or Rec. to Multiple, then this option changes to affect Playback only.

- Folder
- Select folder
- Create folder

File Numbering
-Continuous
-Auto Reset
-Manual Reset

Continuous numbers image files sequentially.

Auto Reset resets the numbering every time a card is formatted or a new card inserted.

Manual Reset resets numbering at any time to 0001.

File Name Setting
- File Name

- Default
- IMG_
- IMG + image size

Default setting uses a four digit prefix unique to the camera, and set at the factory. IMG + Image Size option replaces the _ from the second option with either L, N, M, or S depending on which image size is in use for Raw or JPEG files.

- Change User Setting 1

Allows a four digit code to be specified to use instead of IMG_.

- Change User Setting 2

Allows a three digit code to be specified for use when the "IMG + Image Size" option is in use.

Auto Rotate
-On (Record, Display)
-On (Display)
-Off

Record, Display - vertical images are rotated on both the camera's LCD and on the computer. (In applications that understand "Rotate" tags in the files' EXIF headers.)

Display - vertical images are only rotated on the computer.

Format
-Cancel
-OK
Erases all files on card, even protected ones

 

Setup Menu 2:

Setup Menu Options: Screen 2
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Third-Level
Notes
LCD Brightness
-Manual (7 levels)
-OK
Allows setting brightness level from dark to bright in seven steps
Date/Time
-Set Date
-Set Time
-Set Display Format
Language
-English
-German
-French
-Dutch
-Danish
-Portuguese
-Finnish
-Italian
-Ukrainian
-Norwegian
-Swedish
-Spanish
-Greek
-Russian
-Polish
-Czech
-Hungarian
-Romanian
-Turkish
-Arabic
-Thai
-Simplified Chinese
-Traditional Chinese
-Korean
-Japanese
Language options may vary by region.
Video System
-NTSC
-PAL
Battery Info.
Displays battery type remaining capacity, shutter count and recharge performance.
Live View / Movie Func. Set.
- Live View Still / Movie Set.
- Disable
- Stills
- Movies
Enables live view still image or movie shooting.It is possible to shoot still images in movie live view mode, but not vice versa.
- AF Mode
- Live mode
- Face Detection Live mode
- Quick mode
"Live" mode uses contrast-detect AF from image sensor data, "Face detect" mode adds face-detection, while "Quick" mode uses the dedicated phase-detect AF module. As well as autofocus, you can manually focus in Movie mode. Up to 10x magnification is available to assist in critical manual focusing before movie capture starts, but is not available during movie recording.
- Grid Display
- Off
- Grid 1 (2x2)
- Grid 2 (5x3)
Allows one of two different grids to be overlaid on the LCD, to aid in precise alignment. (The 2x2 grid would also be useful in rule-of-thirds composition). The grids disappear as soon as movie recording starts.
- Expo. Simulation
- Enable
- Disable
Applies to still image live view only. If enabled, the 1D Mark IV will attempt to simulate the exposure results on the LCD display, although it may be unable to do so in extremely bright / dark conditions. If successful, an Exp.SIM icon is shown on the LCD display. If unsuccessful, the icon blinks.
- Movie Rec. Size
- 1,920 x 1,080 30fps
- 1,920 x 1,080 25fps
- 1,920 x 1,080 24fps
- 1,280 x 720 60fps
- 1,280 x 720 50fps
- 640 x 480 60fps
- 640 x 480 50fps
Applies to movie live view only. Selects the video resolution and frame rate. Available frame rates depend on Video System setting in Setup Menu screen 2. 30 and 60fps are available only for NTSC mode, 25 and 50 fps are only for PAL mode. 24 fps is available for both modes.
- Sound Recording
- On
- Off
Applies to movie live view only.
- Metering Timer
- 4 sec.
- 16 sec.
- 30 sec.
- 1 min.
- 10 min.
- 30 min.
Determines how long the metering timer should remain active in live view mode.

 

Setup Menu 3:

Setup Menu Options: Screen 3
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Third-Level
Notes
Save / Load Settings on Media
-Save
- Load
Saves camera settings to flash card for use on another camera body, or in specific shooting situations, and loads settings previously written to a flash card. Settings files can be given an eight character name, and are saved with the extension .CSD.
Register / Apply Basic Settings
- Register

- Shooting Mode
- White Balance
- Drive Mode
- Metering Mode
- AF Mode
- AF Point
- Color Space
- Image Size
- Picture Style

Allows nine basic camera settings to be quickly browsed and changed simultaneously with a single operation.
- Apply
 
Clear All Camera Settings
-Cancel
-OK
Resets all camera settings to default.
Copyright Information
-Display copyright info
-Enter author's name
-Enter copyright details
-Delete copyright information
Copyright info can be embedded into image files.
Sensor Cleaning
-Auto Cleaning
- Enable
- Disable
Auto Cleaning setting automatically enables cleaning when camera is turned off or on (adds about 1 sec. to time)

Clean Now activates cleaning

Clean Manually locks up the mirror for manual cleaning.

-Clean Now
-Clean Manually
 
Firmware Version
-Update firmware version

Updates firmware version if a properly-prepared CF card is in place

 

Custom Functions Menu

Custom Function Menu Options
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Third-Level
Notes
C.Fn I: Exposure
-C.Fn. I-1 Exposure Level Increments
-0: 1/3-stop set / 1/3-stop comp.
-1: 1-stop set / 1/3-stop comp.
-2: 1/2-stop set / 1/2-stop comp.

-C.Fn.I-2 ISO Speed Setting Increments
-0: 1/3-Stop
-1: 1-Stop
-C.Fn.I-3 Set ISO Speed Range
- Disable
- Enable
- Register
Register option allows a highest ISO sensitivity setting to be programmed, between 100 and H3 (102,400), plus a lowest sensitivity between L (50) and H2 (51,200) equivalents.
-C.Fn. I-4 Bracketing Auto Cancel
-0: On
-1: Off
If set to off, the camera will remember to continue bracketing sequences even after being power cycled.
-C.Fn. I-5 Bracketing Sequence
-0: 0, -, +
-1: -, 0, +
-2: +, 0, -
-C.Fn. Number of Bracketed Shots
-0: 3 shots
-1: 2 shots
-2: 5 shots
-3: 7 shots
-C.Fn. I-7 Spot Meter. Link to AF Point
-0: Disable (use center AF point)
-1: Enable (use active AF point)
Applicable only when using 19, 11, or 9-point AF with C.Fn. III-10. Otherwise, this parameter is ignored, and metering is set at the center AF point.
-C.Fn. I-8 Safety Shift
-Disable
-Enable (Tv/Av)
-Enable (ISO speed)
Safety Shift Enable option automatically shifts exposure if brightness changes suddenly. ISO speed option works not only in Tv/Av modes, but also in Program mode.
-C.Fn. I-9 Select Usable Shooting Modes
- Disable
- Enable
- Register
M, Tv, Av, P, and Bulb modes can all be individually disabled or enabled.
-C.Fn. I-10 Select Usable Metering Modes
- Disable
- Enable
- Register
Evaluative, Partial, Spot, and Center-weighted Average modes can all be individually disabled or enabled.
-C.Fn. I-11 Exposure Mode in Manual Exposure

-0: Specified metering mode
-1: Evaluative metering
-2: Partial metering
-3: Spot metering
-4: Center-weighted Average

If 1 to 4 are set, the metering button will have no effect in manual exposure mode.
-C.Fn. I-12 Set Shutter Speed Range
- Disable
- Enable
- Register
Highest and lowest speed can be set separately, from 15 to 1/8000 second for highest, and 30 to 1/4000 second for lowest.
-C.Fn. I-13 Set Aperture Value Range
- Disable
- Enable
- Register
Minimum and maximum aperture can be set separately, from f/1.4 to f/91 for minimum, and f/1.0 to f/64 for maximum.
-C.Fn. I-14 Apply Shooting / Metering Mode
- Disable
- Enable
- Register
Register will save the current shooting mode, metering mode, and (if applicable to the shooting mode), the aperture, shutter speed, and/or exposure compensation. These can subsequently be recalled temporarily by holding in the AE Lock button briefly. Optionally, this can also trigger an AF cycle. Not available in bulb mode.
-C.Fn. I-15 Flash Sync. Speed in Av Mode
-0:Auto
-1: 1/300-1/60 sec. auto
-2: 1/300 sec. (fixed)
If 1 or 2 is set, high speed sync is not possible. If set to 0, the full range of 1/300 to 30 seconds is available.
-C.Fn. I-16 AE Microadjustment
-Disable
-Enable (-1 to +1EV in 1/8EV steps)
-C.Fn. I-16 FE Microadjustment
-Disable
-Enable (-1 to +1EV in 1/8EV steps)
C.Fn. II: Image
-C.Fn. II-1 Long Exposure Noise Reduction
-0: Off
-1: Auto
-2: On

Doubles exposure time when active, to capture a dark current frame. If set to 2, noise at ISO 1,600+ may be increased.

-C.Fn. II-2 High ISO Speed
Noise Reduction
-0: Standard
-1: Low
-2: Strong
-3: Disable
If set to 2, continuous burst shooting capabilities will decrease greatly.
-C.Fn. II-3 Highlight Tone Priority
-0: Disable
-1: Enable
If set to 1, automatically improves highlight detail by boosting ISO to 200 minimum to get headroom, tweaking tone curve to use more of available range in the highlights. May lead to slight increase in noise levels.
-C.Fn. II-4 Auto Lighting Optimizer
-0: Standard
-1: Low
-2: Strong
-3: Disable
Adjusts the tone curve to restore detail in shadows. May cause an increase in noise levels, and should be disabled if a dark image look is desired.
-C.Fn. II-5 E-TTL II Flash Metering
-0: Evaluative flash metering
-1: Average flash metering
Determines whether E-TTL II flash metering should evaluate the scene, or simply calculate an average exposure.
-C.Fn. II-6 Shutter Curtain Sync.
-0: 1st-curtain synchronization
-1: 2nd-curtain synchronization
Overridden by the setting in the flash function settings menu, or on the flash strobe itself, for EX-series Speedlites. 1st curtain sync is always used for exposures 1/60 sec. or faster.
-C.Fn. II-7 Flash Firing
-0: Enable
-1: Disable
Useful if you want to disable the flash, but still use its AF assist beam.
-C.Fn. II-8 Viewfinder Info during Exposure
-0: Enable
-1: Disable
If set to enable, the viewfinder displays remain active during the viewfinder blackout / exposure period. Doesn't apply to bulb mode, which always disables the displays.
-C.Fn. II-9 LCD Panel Illumination during Bulb
-0: Off
-1: On during bulb
If set to On, the LCD info panels will remain illuminated until the end of a bulb exposure, if they were illuminated at the start of the exposure.
-C.Fn. II-10
-0: Displays shooting functions
-1: Displays camera settings
0 duplicates most info on LCD status displays, and adds guide displays when making settings changes with external controls. 1 instead displays picture style, color space, WB shift/bracketing, file name, shots remaining per card slot, and orientation information, and disables the guide displays.
C.Fn.III: Autofocus / Drive
-C.Fn. III-1 USM lens electronic MF
-0: Enable after one-shot AF
-1: Disable after one-shot AF
-2: Disable in AF mode
Allows electronic MF to be disabled with the EF50mm f/1.0L, EF85mm f/1.2L, EF85mm f/1.2L II, EF200mm f/1.8L, EF300mm f/2.8L, EF400mm f/2.8L, EF400mm f/2.8L II, EF500mm f/4.5L, EF600mm f/4L, EF1200mm f/5.6L, and EF28-80mm f/2.8-4L USM lenses.
-C.Fn. III-2 AI Servo Tracking Sensitivity
-Slow to Fast in 5 steps
Fast causes AF to respond to subject motion quicker, slow prevents AF jumping away from the subject if an obstacle briefly blocks it from view.
-C.Fn. III-3 AI Servo 1st/2nd Image Priority
-0: AF Priority / Tracking Priority
-1: AF Priority / Drive Speed Priority
-3: Release / Drive Speed Priority
-4: Release / Tracking Priority
Determines whether focus lock is more important than shooting speed for the first and subsequent frames in a burst.
-C.Fn. III-4 AI Servo AF Tracking Method
-0: Main Focus Point Priority
-1: Continuous AF Track Priority
If set to 1, obstacles between the tracked subject and the camera will be ignored, and the camera will automatically switch to an adjacent unobstructed AF point to continue tracking.
-C.Fn. III-5 Lens Drive when AF Impossible
-0: Focus Search On
-1: Focus Search Off
Lens Drive when AF Impossible option tells camera to continue to try and achieve focus or stop, useful with super telephoto lenses
-C.Fn. III-6 Lens AF Stop Button Function

-0: AF stop
-1: AF start
-2: AE lock
-3:AF point: M -> Auto/Auto -> Center
-4: One Shot <-> AI Servo
-5: IS start
-6: Switch to registered AF point
-7: Spot AF

Determines the function of the AF Stop button on super telephoto IS lenses.
-C.Fn. III-7 AF Microadjustment
-0: Disable
-1: Adjust all by same amount
-2: Adjust by lens
Correction range is -20 to +20 steps. Corrections for up to twenty lenses (or lens / extender combos) can be stored in-camera. Doesn't apply to contrast detection focusing in Live View mode.
-C.Fn. III-8 AF Expansion w/ Selected Point
-0: Disable
-1: Left / right AF point
-2: Surrounding AF points
-3: All 45 points area
Allows the camera to select AF points adjacent to the manually selected point. In All 45 Points mode, an 18-point area is used centered on the manually selected point, and can track the subject as it moves around the frame.
-C.Fn. III-9 Multi Controller while Metering
-0: Off
-1: AF point selection
If set on, the multi controller can be used to select the AF point whenever the metering system is active.
-C.Fn. III-10 Selectable AF Point
-0: 45 points
-1: 19 points
-2: 11 points
-3: Inner 9 points
-4: Outer 9 points
Option 1 replicates EOS-1D Mark III AF point layout. Nine-point options offer center point plus eight points either surrounding the spot metering circle, or at the outer periphery of the AF area. 11 point mode is similar to outer 9 points, but adds a point on either side of the spot metering circle.
-C.Fn. III-11 Switch to Registered AF Point
-0: Disable
-1: Switch with Multi Controller
-2: Only while AEL is pressed
Allows switching to a registered AF point by pressing down on the Multi Controller, or while holding in the AEL button. The AF point is registered by selecting the point, then pressing the ISO button while holding down the AF point selection button.
-C.Fn. III-12 AF Point Auto Selection
-0: Quick Control Dial direct: disable / Main dial: enable
-1: Quick Control Dial direct: disable / Main dial: disable
-2: Quick Control Dial direct: enable / Main dial: enable
Determines whether the Quick Control dial can choose automatic selection while the metering system is active, and whether the Main dial can choose it while the AF Point Selection button is pressed.
-C.Fn. III-13 AF-Point Display during Focus
-0: On
-1: Off
-2: On (when focus achieved)
Determines whether the manually selected AF point should remain lit at all times, only during AF point selection, or also when AF lock is achieved.
-C.Fn. III-14 AF Point Brightness
-0: Normal
-1: Brighter
-C.Fn. III-15 AF-Assist Beam Firing
-0: Enable
-1: Disable
-2: IR AF Assist Beam Only
IR AF assist beam prevents only strobes that use a series of small flashes to assist focus from operating.
-C.Fn. III-16 Orientation Linked AF Point
-0: Same For Both Vertical / Horizontal
-1: Select Different AF Points
If set to 1, you can select a different AF point for use with the landscape and portrait orientation controls on the camera.
-C.Fn. III-17 Mirror Lockup
-0: Disable
-1: Enable
2-: Enable: Down with SET
If Down with SET is active, the SET button must be pressed after the shot has been captured, before the mirror will be dropped, and the viewfinder image restored.
-C.Fn. III-18 Continuous Shooting Speed
- Disable
- Enable
- Register
Frame rates for the high and low speed burst modes can be set separately, from 2 to 10 fps for high, and from 1 to 9 fps for low.
-C.Fn. III-19 Limit Continuous Shot Count
- Disable
- Enable
- Register
A limit on the number of shots in a burst can be set, from two to 99 frames.
C.Fn.IV: Operation/Others
-C.Fn. IV-1 Shutter Button / AF-ON Button

-0: Metering + AF Start
-1: Metering + AF Start / AF Stop
-2: Metering Start / Meter + AF Start
-3: AE Lock / Metering + AF Start
-4: Metering + AF Start / Disable

Determines the how metering and autofocus responsibilities should be shared between the shutter and AF-ON buttons.
-C.Fn. IV-2 AF-ON / AE-Lock Button Switch
-0: Disable
-1: Enable
If enabled, the functions of these buttons are transposed.
-C.Fn. IV-3 Quick Control Dial in Metering
-0: Exposure compensation / aperture
-1: AF point selection
-2: ISO speed
-3: AF point selection + reverse exposure compensation / AF point selection button functions
-4: ISO speed + reverse exposure compensation/ ISO button functions
Selects the Quick Control dial's function while the camera's metering system is active. The last two options allow you to simultaneously transpose the functions of the exposure compensation button with either the AF point selection or ISO buttons.
-C.Fn. IV-4 Assign Set Button
-0: Normal (disabled)
-1: White balance
-2: Image size
-3:ISO speed
-4: Picture style
-5: Record function + media / folder
-6: Menu display
-7: Image playback
If Live View or Movie shooting are enabled, this setting is ignored, and the Set button reverts to those functions instead.
-C.Fn. IV-5 Tv/Av Setting for Manual Exposure
-0: Tv=Quick Control dial / Av = Main dial
-1: Tv=Main dial / Av = Quick Control dial
-C.Fn. IV-6 Dial Direction during Tv/Av
-0: Normal
-1: Reverse Direction
-C.Fn. IV-7 Av Setting without Lens
-0: Disable
-1: Enable
-C.Fn. IV-8 WB + Media / Image Size Setting
-0: Rear LCD panel
-1: LCD monitor
During Live View or Movie shooting, adjustments are always made through the rear LCD panel.
-C.Fn. IV-9 Protect / Voice Memo Button
-0: Protect (hold: Record memo)
-1: Record memo (Protect: disabled)
-2: Play memo (hold: Record memo)
-C.Fn. IV-10 Button Function when Quick Control Dial <Off>
-0: Normal (enable)
-1: Disable Main dial, Quick Control dial, Multi Controller
-C.Fn. IV-11 Start Movie Shooting
-0: Default (from LV)
-1: Quick start (<FEL> button)
For option 1, movie shooting can be started with the FEL button if enabled through the menu, without first starting live view using the SET button.
-C.Fn. IV-12 Focusing Screen
-0: Ec-C IV
-1: Ec-A, B, C, C II, C III, D, H, I, L
-2: Ec-S
-3: Ec-N, R
The default screen uses option 0.
-C.Fn. IV-13 Timer Length for Timer
- Disable
- Enable
- Register
Allows the standard 6-second and 16-second timer lengths, plus the two-second post shutter release timer, to be altered. All can be set in 1 second intervals from 0 to 59 seconds, or one minute intervals from 1 to 60 minutes.
-C.Fn. IV-14 Shortened Release Time Lag
-0: Disable
-1: Enable
Omits stabilization control and allows up to a 20% decrease in shutter lag when the aperture is no more than three stops from maximum, if enabled.
-C.Fn. IV-15 Add Aspect Ratio Information
-0: Off
-1: Aspect Ratio 6:6
-2: Aspect Ratio 3:4
-3: Aspect Ratio 4:5
-4: Aspect Ratio 6:7
-5: Aspect Ratio 10:12
-6: Aspect Ratio 5:7
Tags images with aspect ratio information, but doesn't crop the source data, so the whole image remains available if needed, and only compatible software will correctly display the crop. During Live View and Movie shooting. Framing lines are shown on the LCD monitor.
-C.Fn. IV-16 Add Image Verification Data
-0: Disable
-1: Enable
If enabled, data to verify the authenticity of images is appended, and can be confirmed using the optional OSK-E3 Original Data Security Kit.
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-Enable
-Disable
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