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Back button focus question on 5D Mark III

 
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Jul 03, 2012 05:48 |  #1

On the 5D Mark Iii it's real easy to set the main button to do only exposure but there does not appear to be away to change the AF-On or AE (*) to focus only like older models. You can set them to Exposure & Focus but not to Focus only like the ones that required using the CF IV menu.

Am I missing something?


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Jul 03, 2012 09:52 |  #2

You might want to go to the thread below (which I started), then jump on over to the on-line tutorials that Canon has prepared on the 5DIII. One of the topics cover back button focusing and may be of help in setting up the camera.

http://photography-on-the.net ...01319&highlight=tut​orials




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Jul 03, 2012 11:09 |  #3

Are you wanting to reverse the way the buttons function or wanting it to not start metering (and IS)?

If just wanting to swap AF-On and AE Lock (*) button functions...

Yes, you are missing something. Custom Function IV - 2: AF-On/AE Lock button switch. Set to Option 1: Enable. That swaps the function of the two buttons.

If wanting the back button to only do focus, then no...

When you have Back Button Focus set up on the 5DII, the back button you choose to use will also start metering (and IS on lenses that have it). A half-press of the shutter release button also starts metering (and IS). Only focus start/focus run is moved to the back button exclusively.

I really can't think of any situation where this would be a problem. Maybe if you told us what you want to do or what problem you are having, we might have a solution.


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Jul 03, 2012 15:55 |  #4

It appears to me that on my 1D Mark IV custom function CF IV-1 gives you

2: Metering start / Meter + AF start

I mistakenly thought it was. Meter start / AF Start so I guess the 5D Mark III sets up identically. My error.


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