Canon 1Ds Mark III Review

 
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Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III Modes & Menus

Capture Modes

As you'd expect, Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III offers full manual exposure control, as well as a complement of partial manual and automatic exposure modes. For example, you can choose between Program AE, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, Manual, and Bulb modes. (The Depth of Field AE mode found on some Canon SLRs is absent, however.) The majority of these are fairly self-explanatory, as Program AE, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and Manual modes provide varying degrees of manual and automatic exposure control. While available apertures vary with the lens used, shutter speeds range from 1/8,000 to 30 seconds in all modes except Bulb, which keeps the shutter open as long as the Shutter button is depressed. (Interestingly, Bulb mode has no time limit, other than the available charge in the battery.) Canon's optional RS-80N3 remote switch and TC-80N3 Timer Remote Controller allow you to take long time exposures without having to hold your finger on the Shutter button. In Program AE mode, turning the Main dial on top of the camera cycles through a range of equivalent exposure settings, allowing you to pick the best exposure with an emphasis on either aperture or shutter speed, while letting the camera determine the exposure. (This is commonly referred to as a "program shift" or "vari-program" option.) Being a professional camera, the EOS-1Ds Mark III offers no scene modes.

Playback Mode

Activated by pressing the Play button on the back panel. Playback mode lets you view images, erase them, protect them, or set them up for printing on DPOF and PictBridge-compatible devices. You can also view images in an index display, enlarge images to 10x, view a slide show of all captured images, or rotate an image. The DISP button activates an information display, which reports the exposure settings for the image; a second press graphs the exposure values and a small luminance histogram, and another press displays both the luminance and separate Red, Green, and Blue histograms.

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III Menus

Identical to the EOS-1D Mark III's menu system (other than image sizes, ISO range and continuous shooting speed), the Canon 1Ds Mark III's tabbed menu interface uses a combination of either the Quick Command Dial and Main Dial, or the joystick-like Multi-Controller to navigate between tabs or up and down the options on each tab. We found both methods to be much easier and more efficient than the previous approach that relied on the Quick Command Dial and buttons on the left side of the camera body to accomplish the same functions.


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
- Kelvin Temperature
Color temperature can be set from 2,500K to 10,000K in 100K increments.
Custom WB regist.
- Choose image for reference, then set white balance
-Register image on card
- Record and register image
- Edit caption
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.

 

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 compression level from 1 to 10 for each of the four available JPEG image sizes.
Image size
- L
- M1
- M2
- S
- RAW
- RAW+L
- RAW+M1
- RAW+M2
- RAW+S
- sRAW
- sRAW+L
- sRAW+M1
- sRAW+M2
- sRAW+S
Select image size and type.
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.
Shoot w/o card
- On
- Off
If on, the camera will fire the shutter even without a memory card.
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.

 

Playback Menu 1:

Playback Menu Options: Screen 1
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Third-Level
Notes
Protect images
- Select images
- All images in folder
- Clear all images in folder
- All images on card
- Clear all images on card
Sets or removes protection mark. Protected images can only be deleted by reformatting the memory card.
Rotate
- Set
Rotates selected image clockwise, either 90 or 270 degrees.
Erase images
- Select and erase images
- All images in folder
- All images on card
- OK
- Cancel
Erases images.
Print order
- Sel. Image
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
- Set up
- Print Type (Standard, Index, Both)
- Date (On, Off)
- File No. (On, Off)
Transfer order
- Sel. Image
For transferring images to a computer. (Computer must be running Canon's EOS Utility software.)
- By folder
- Mark all in folder
- Clear all in folder
- All image
- Mark all on card
- Clear all on card
Image copy
- Sel. Image
- Sel. folder
- All image
- Source
- Target
Allows copying of images between the CF and SD cards.

 

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 used to set focus appears 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 where image enlargement occurs.

Image jump w/ dial
- 1 image
- 10 images
- 100 images
- Screen
- Date
- Folder
Selects how image jump works using the Main Dial.

 

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 select
- Record func.
- Standard
- Auto switch media
- Rec. separately
- Rec. to multiple
Determines how the two memory cards are used.
- Record/play
- 1 (CF card)
- 2 (SD card
- Folder
- Select
- Create
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
- Change user setting1
- Change user setting2
You can define your own filename prefix.
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
- 1 (CF card)
- 2 (SD card)
-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
- Set 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
- Norwegian
- Swedish
- Spanish
- Greek
- Russian
- Polish
- Simplified Chinese
- Traditional Chinese
- Korean
- Japanese

Video system
- NTSC
- PAL
Battery info.
Displays Power source, Remaining capacity, Shutter count, and Recharge performance.
Live View function settings
- Live View shoot
- Disable
- Enable
Notice no selection of AF modes in Live View.
- Grid Display
- Off
- On
External Speedlite control
- Flash function setting
- Flash C.Fn. setting
- Clear all Speedlite C.Fn's

Controls a vast array of flash settings for an attached external Speedlite flash unit.

 

Setup Menu 3:

Setup Menu Options: Screen 3
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Third-Level
Notes
Save/load settings on media
- Save
- Load
- Start
- Change file name
Lets you save camera setting to a file, to be recalled later, on on a different body.
Register/apply basic settings
- Register
- Apply
You can register a set of basic settings such as shooting mode, AF mode, white balance, meter, drive, etc., and apply them for quick recall.
Clear all camera settings
- Cancel
- OK
Resets all camera settings to default.
Sensor Cleaning
- Auto Cleaning
- Clean Now
- Clean Manually
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.
Firmware Version
- Update firmware version

Displays current firmware version, can update firmware version if a properly-prepared card is installed.

 

Custom Functions Sub-Menu 1:

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 ISO speed range
- Disable
- Enable
- Register
ISO speed range allows you to set the minimum and maximum ISOs settable, from L (50) to H (3,200).
- C.Fn. I-4 Bracketing auto cancel
- 0: On
- 1: Off
- C.Fn. I-5 Bracketing sequence
- 0: 0, -, +
- 1: -, 0, +
- 2: +, 0, -
- C.Fn. I-6 Number of bracketed shots
- 0: 3 shots
- 1: 2 shots
- 2: 5 shots
- 3: 7 shots
- C.Fn. I-7 Spot meter linked to AF point
- 0: Disable (use center AF point)
- 1: Enable (use active AF point)
- C.Fn. I-8 Safety shift
-0 : Disable
-1 : Enable (Tv/Av)
-2: Enable (ISO speed)
Safety Shift Enable option automatically shifts exposure if brightness changes suddenly.
- C.Fn. I-9 Select usable shooting modes
- Disable
- Enable
- Register
- Set M, P, Tv, Av, Bulb
- C.Fn. I-10 Select usable metering modes
- Disable
- Enable
- Register
- Set Evaluative, Partial, Center-weighted, Spot
- 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
- C.Fn. I-12 Set shutter speed range
- Disable
- Enable
- Register
- Set highest and lowest shutter speed
Highest can range from 1/250 to 1/8000s. Lowest can range from 30s to 1/60s.
- C.Fn. I-13 Set aperture value range
- Disable
- Enable
- Register
- Set smallest and largest aperture
Smallest can range from f/1.4 to f/91. Largest can range from f/1.0 to f/64.
- C.Fn. I-14 Apply shooting / metering mode
- Disable
- Enable
- Register
While holding down the AEL (*) button, you can switch to the registered setting (shooting mode, metering mode, shutter speed, aperture or exposure compensation).
- C.Fn. I-15 Flash sync. speed in Av mode
- 0: Auto
- 1: 1/250 sec. (fixed)
Set the flash sync speed.

 

Custom Functions Sub-Menu 2:

Custom Function Menu Options
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Third-Level
Notes
C.Fn. II: Image
-C.Fn. II-1 Long exposure noise reduction
- 0: Off
- 1: Auto
- 2: On

- C.Fn. II-2 High ISO speed noise reduction
- 0: Off
- 1: On
- C.Fn. II-3 Highlight tone priority
- 0: Disable
- 1: Enable
Highlight Tone Priority Enable option automatically improves highlight detail.
- C.Fn. II-4 E-TTL II flash metering
- 0: Evaluative flash metering
- 1: Average flash metering
- C.Fn. II-5 Shutter curtain sync.
- 0: 1st curtain
- 1: 2nd curtain
- C.Fn. II-6 Flash firing
- 0: Enable
- 1: Disable
Disable for using the external flash's AF assist beam only.
- C.Fn. II-7 Viewfinder info. during exposure
- 0: Disable
- 1: Enable
- C.Fn. II-8 LCD panel illumination during Bulb
- 0: Off
- 1: On during bulb
- C.Fn. II-9 INFO?button when shooting
- 0: Displays camera settings
- 1: Displays shooting functions

 

Custom Functions Sub-Menu 3:

Custom Function Menu Options
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Third-Level
Notes
C.Fn.III: Auto focus/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
- C.Fn. III-2 AI Servo tracking sensitivity
- Select 1 of 5 levels, from Slow to Fast
- C.Fn. III-3 AI Servo 1st/2nd image priority
- 0 : AF priority / Tracking priority
- 1 : AF priority / Drive speed priority
- 2 : Release / Drive speed priority
You can change Servo's operating characteristics.
- C.Fn. III-4 AI Servo AF tracking method
- 0 : Main focus priority
- 1 : Continuous AF track priority
Determines the behavior of AF tracking when a closer subject appears suddenly.
- C.Fn. III-5 Lens drive when AF Impossible
- 0: Focus search on
- 1: Focus search off
This 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
- C.Fn. III-7 AF Microadjustment
- 0: Disable
- 1: Adjust all by same amount
- 2: Adjust by lens
Up to 20 lenses can be registered. +20 / -20 adjustment range per lens or body.
- C.Fn. III-8 AF expansion with selected point
- 0: Disable
- 1: Enable (left/right Assist points)
- 2: Enable (surrounding Assist points)
- C.Fn. III-9 Selectable AF point
- 0: 19 points
- 1: Inner 9 points
- 2: Outer 9 points
- C.Fn. III-10 Switch to registered AF point
- 0: Disable
- 1: Enable
- C.Fn. III-11 AF point auto selection

- 0: Quick control direct: disable / main dial: enable
- 1: Quick control direct: disable / main dial: disable
- 2: Quick control direct: enable / main dial: enable

- C.Fn. III-12 AF point display during focus
- 0: On
- 1: Off
- 2: On (when focus achieved)
- C.Fn. III-13 AF point brightness
- 0: Normal
- 1: Brighter
- C.Fn. III-14 AF-assist beam firing
- 0: Enable
- 1: Disable
External Speedlite.
- C.Fn. III-15 Mirror Lockup
- 0: Disable
- 1: Enable
- 2: Enable: Down with SET?button
- C.Fn. III-16 Continuous shooting speed
- Disable
- Enable
- Register
- H, L
When disabled, H=5 fps, L = 3fps. When enabled, registered values are used. H can be set within 2 and 5 fps, L between 1 to 4 fps.
- C.Fn. III-17 Limited continuous shot count
- Disable
- Enable
- Register
- 2 to 99

 

Custom Functions Sub-Menu 4:

Custom Function Menu Options
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Third-Level
Notes
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 / Metering + AF start
-3: AE Lock / Metering + AF start
-4: Metering + AF start/disable
- C.Fn. IV-2 AF-On / AE Lock button switch
- 0: Disable
- 1: Enable
- C.Fn. IV-3 Quick Control Dial in metering
- 0: Exposure compensation / aperture
- 1: AF point selection
- 2: ISO speed
- C.Fn. IV-4 SET button when shooting
- 0: Normal (disabled)
- 1: White balance
- 2: Image size
- 3: ISO speed
- 4: Picture Style
- 5: Record func. + media/folder
- 6: Menu display
- 7: Image playback
You can assign a frequently used function to the SET button in record mode.
- C.Fn. IV-5 Tv/Av setting in Manual exposure
- 0: Tv = Main Dial, Av= Quick Control Dial
- 1: Tv = Quick Control Dial, Av -= Main 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
- C.Fn. IV-9 Protect / Memo button function
- 0: Protect (holding: sound rec.
- 1: Sound rec. (protect: disable)
- C.Fn. IV-10 Button function when Quick Controller off
- 0: Normal (enable)
- 1: Disable Main dial, Quick Controller dial and Multi-controller
- C.Fn. IV-11 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
- C.Fn. IV-12 Timer length for timer
- Disable (default)
- Enable
- Register
- Set 0 sec to 59 sec, or 1 min. to 60 min.
You can se the 6-sec. and 16-sec. timer length and the timer length for after the shutter release.
- C.Fn. IV-13 Shortened release time lag
- Disable
- Enable
- C.Fn. IV-14 Add aspect ratio information
- 0: Off
- 1: 6:6
- 2: 3:4
- 3: 4:5
- 4: 6:7
- 5: 10:12
- 6: 5:7
During Live View, vertical lines corresponding to aspect ration can be displayed (the images are not cropped), though Canon software will display the selected aspect ratio.
- C.Fn. IV-15 Add original decision data
- 0: Off
- 1: On
The On option appends data to verify an original image.
- C.Fn. IV-16 Live View exposure simulation
- 0: Disable (LCD auto adjust)
- 1: Enable (simulates exposure)
Clear All Custom Functions (C.Fn.)
- Cancel
- OK
C. Fn setting register / apply
- Register
- Apply
- Confirm
- Return

 

My Menu:

My Menu Options
Top-Level
Selection
Second-Level
Third-Level
Notes
Register
- (Full list of options that can exist in My Menu)

 

Sort
Changes the order of registered items in My Menu.
Delete
 
Delete all items
 
Display from My Menu
- Enable
- Disable
When Enabled, the My Menu tab is displayed first when pressing the Menu button.

 

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