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I have a new MK III coming; due to be delivered Friday. That means I'll have just enough time to charge the battery as much as possible, then head out to the stadium for night football.

I'm currently shooting a 40D and will have it as backup.

I've downloaded the instruction manual and started going through it. Just like always, it is a maze.

So can I get a little help or suggestions as to initial custom function settings I might be able to quickly go through and set?

I normally shoot in AV mode with center focus, AI Servo, burst rate and ISO as needed with a Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 attached to the 40D.

High School football Friday night, HS volleyball tournament Saturday (w/100 f/2.0 lens).

Any suggestion you can provide would be greatly appreciated.

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Mike

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Do you shoot with * as the focus? It's not quite so simple as CF-04 to setup.
Also look for the ISO expansion, never know when you may need ISO 6400 in a hurry :)

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Thanks Wazza. I haven't been using the * for focus, but I might start with this camera. I think I have been too leary and possibly a dexterity thing also. Also, I'll make sure I have ISO expansion turned on. Most of the fields I shoot on are fairly dark, as well as the gyms.

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I find the * good. Confuses the hell out of me for a second when i pick up a camera that has the focus on the shutter button :D

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Also learn how to quickly change file names. I didn't realise I could do that, as I only bought mine a day before leaving NZ, and was travelling for a couple weeks through Thailand and Cambodia.
By default I was getting images such as 1A6A0001.jpg
What I do now, is every month I reset my counter, and change the file to

JAN_
FEB_
MAR_
etc (with the number 0001.jpg added to the end)
Makes it so much easier to categorise and publish these photos on my blog by date.

Or even events. Such as F1__ , or SWIM say as an example.


Exposure expansion is under C. Fn I: Exposure
(point 3)

If you're shooting people/weddings/bright objects, may be worthwhile to use
Highlight Tone Priority, which you're probably already aware of
C. FnII, (point 3 again).. BUT, you're limited from ISO 200-3200, instead of 50-6400 (when expanded) - so not so suitable for low light sport events, also noise in shadows increases, as the exposure is focused more on the highlights.

Coming from using a 20D for 2 1/2 years, I had also grown accustomed to 5 fps shooting speed.
C. Fn III - point 16, you can set the High speed, to 10 fps, and then Low speed to something more suitable for everyday use (I use 5, as mentioned, and use this setting 99% of time, as whilst on 10fps, it's often hard to do a single shot when you're just learning the camera)
- So in camera I shoot burst setting of 5 fps (displays as 3 squares with an L), set up using AF-Drive button and big dial

Finally for * focus, and recompose method, mine's setup as follows:

C. Fn IV, Operation
Point 1 - set to option 3 - AE lock/metering + AF Start
Point 2 - AF-ON/AE lock button switch, set to 1 - enable

Hope that helps :)

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Personally I'd get used to the AF-ON button and leave the * button for your back up setting. This helped a lot when I was shooting track. I'd meter for daylight for the track areas in the sun and shoot in manual mode. Then I set my * button to be Av mode at 2.8 to grab the candids that were in the shade, sun, whatever. This feature is one of the least talked about but most powerful features I think.
I agree too with the file name change, this allows for better management.

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Please look at both the "1D Mark III Official link collection" sticky thread, and the EOS FAQ sticky thread located at the top of the EOS forum for more suggestions and recommendations.

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