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Help With Setting Focus Point on 5D3

 
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Jun 17, 2017 06:21 |  #1

Just purchased the 5D3 and somewhat confusing on how to set the focus point. I mainly use a Center single Focus Point. Can someone explain How I can set this . Thank you




  
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Jun 17, 2017 08:45 |  #2

On my 7D2 I hit the AF selection button (looks like a dotted "T") until all the individual AF points show up, then use the AF joystick to move the individual point to the one I want. If you don't see all the individual AF points when you choose from the AF types you could have to activate it in the AF menu to make sure it's one of the options given when you hit the AF selection button.

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Jun 17, 2017 08:58 |  #3

This should help. From the 5D3 manual:



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Jun 18, 2017 04:12 |  #4

rollsman wrote in post #18380423 (external link)
Just purchased the 5D3 and somewhat confusing on how to set the focus point. I mainly use a Center single Focus Point. Can someone explain How I can set this . Thank you

Once you get that under control I'd recommend reading Canon's AF guidebook for the 5D Mark III (external link). Always using only the center point is a waste with that camera.


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Jun 18, 2017 21:54 as a reply to  @ apersson850's post |  #5

Thank you for your help. Can you tell me why the center point is a waste of time ? Not sure why
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Jun 18, 2017 23:03 |  #6

rollsman wrote in post #18381590 (external link)
Thank you for your help. Can you tell me why the center point is a waste of time ? Not sure why
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Not a 'waste of time', but a waste of the camera's powerful AF point selection capability which extends far beyond only using the center AF point.


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Jun 19, 2017 00:11 |  #7

I'd suggest going to the Q menu and turning on the Direct AF Point Selection option, so there's no longer a need to press the AF selection button before using the joystick to select your AF point. It's much quicker and easier IMO. It also lets you quickly get back to the center point just by "clicking" the joystick.

I second reading the 5D3 AF Settings Guidebook mentioned above. I don't know what you shoot, but it'd be a shame to have the high-end AF system like that of the 5D3 and be unaware of/unable to leverage its strengths while shooting. As a matter of fact, the AF system is one of the main reasons I bought my 5D3. It's a quite capable camera for shooting just about anything you can think of.


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Jun 19, 2017 10:13 |  #8

Lyndön wrote in post #18381664 (external link)
I'd suggest going to the Q menu and turning on the Direct AF Point Selection option, so there's no longer a need to press the AF selection button before using the joystick to select your AF point. It's much quicker and easier IMO. It also lets you quickly get back to the center point just by "clicking" the joystick.

Just to clarify, the Direct AF Point Selection is under Custom Controls/Multi-controller. It's accessible through the Q menu or C.Fn2 in the menu options. I also have that enabled. If you're camera has been inactive, you still need to activate it (like half pressing the shutter button, then start using the joystick/"multi-controller"). Another good tip is that you can quickly change focus modes by pressing the M-Fn button while the AF points are active. I'll use single point AF if I need tight control of what I want to focus on. I'll use Zone AF if I have a general area I want to focus on (and the camera decides what exact point is closest). I'll also use full AF selection when I'm in AI servo mode: it's pretty advanced and customizable....you can also set the initial area the camera will first start tracking by moving it's single point before you start focusing. I've also always got the camera set to BBF. I've got so many costumizations, I'll set the camera to auto if someone else wants to take a photo of me with it! The superior AF of the 5D3 was one of the reasons I upgraded to it from a 5Dc. Enjoy yours.


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