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Back button focus on the 6D . . .

 
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Dec 22, 2012 19:57 |  #1

. . . how do you do it? Yes, I've read the manual---very confusing to an old man.


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Dec 22, 2012 20:01 |  #2

Just press it.
Hold it with your thumb to lock focus, then shoot.


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Dec 22, 2012 20:14 |  #3

Remember to remove focusing from the shutter button in the custom settings....




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Dec 22, 2012 21:33 as a reply to mikes...'s post |  #4

Try this link:

Back Button Auto Focus Explainedexternal link

Using this article, I set it to work on my new T3i, I've got to get used to it more...

Scott


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Dec 22, 2012 22:19 |  #5

leadwiper wrote in post #15398289external link
Try this link:

Back Button Auto Focus Explainedexternal link

Using this article, I set it to work on my new T3i, I've got to get used to it more...

Scott

i only shoot with the BBAF - got my wife used to it as well.


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Dec 22, 2012 22:39 |  #6

mikes... wrote in post #15398119external link
Remember to remove focusing from the shutter button in the custom settings....

Thanks for the replies. This ^^^ is what I can't figure out.


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Dec 22, 2012 22:48 |  #7

irishman wrote in post #15398451external link
Thanks for the replies. This ^^^ is what I can't figure out.

There was a link here yesterday that had a YouTube video in EOS auto focusing that was put there by B&H photo.

It was a long video, but part of what it covered was the back focus button and why it was so confusing, Apparently there is a dash that separates left function to right function and you choose what you want.

Maybe someone can give a link again. I don't recall the thread it was in.




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Dec 22, 2012 23:15 |  #8

I'd like to see it. They changed it from the 5D2, now it's a confusing mess under Custom Function III, #5. I want to be able to focus with the back button AF ON and only meter with the shutter button. They have made it incredibly confusing.


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Dec 22, 2012 23:27 |  #9

irishman wrote in post #15398537external link
I'd like to see it. They changed it from the 5D2, now it's a confusing mess under Custom Function III, #5. I want to be able to focus with the back button AF ON and only meter with the shutter button. They have made it incredibly confusing.

Go in to C.Fn III - 5
Select the shutter button and set it so that the icon only shows the metering icon
Then, go select the back button and set it so the icon shows the metering icon and AF icon


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Dec 22, 2012 23:32 |  #10

Snydremark wrote in post #15398578external link
Go in to C.Fn III - 5
Select the shutter button and set it so that the icon only shows the metering icon
Then, go select the back button and set it so the icon shows the metering icon and AF icon

That of course is assuming he wants it set that way. It was sports photographers that originally requested this feature due to moving subjects. They preferred a locked focus opposed to one that kept changing every time the shutter button was half way pressed.




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Dec 22, 2012 23:38 |  #11

RandyMN wrote in post #15398595external link
That of course is assuming he wants it set that way. It was sports photographers that originally requested this feature due to moving subjects. They preferred a locked focus opposed to one that kept changing every time the shutter button was half way pressed.

Based on earlier posts, that's exactly what he's trying to get. I'm not sure what you're saying here...


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Dec 22, 2012 23:52 |  #12

Snydremark wrote in post #15398578external link
Go in to C.Fn III - 5
Select the shutter button and set it so that the icon only shows the metering icon
Then, go select the back button and set it so the icon shows the metering icon and AF icon

DING DING! We got a winner! Appreciate the help, and to all who tried. thanks!


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Dec 22, 2012 23:52 |  #13

Snydremark wrote in post #15398613external link
Based on earlier posts, that's exactly what he's trying to get. I'm not sure what you're saying here...

I have never set my camera for this, but it seems one has to make a choice to do one or the other. I prefer to focus with the shutter button, so perhaps he was just interested in how it works and not actually wanting the change to be done.

That's all I am saying.

But you made it clear so job well done.




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Dec 23, 2012 00:50 |  #14

irishman wrote in post #15398652external link
DING DING! We got a winner! Appreciate the help, and to all who tried. thanks!

Glad that got it sorted for you :)

RandyMN wrote in post #15398653external link
I have never set my camera for this, but it seems one has to make a choice to do one or the other. I prefer to focus with the shutter button, so perhaps he was just interested in how it works and not actually wanting the change to be done.

That's all I am saying.

But you made it clear so job well done.

Ahhh, gotcha. Just wasn't following...yeah, it's definitely a conscious choice setting.


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Dec 23, 2012 02:14 |  #15

I've always had my cameras set up in the opposite manner - shutter button focuses as per normal except for when holding down the back button.




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