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Jan 19, 2018 09:12 |  #1

I am using the 5D 3.
Is there a way to have the focus point selection show in the viewfinder for easier focusing . I only see it when I press the rear focus button. I shows for a second then disappears. Can I get it to remain there?



  
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Jan 19, 2018 09:39 |  #2

Set AF Illumination to "Enable".



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Jan 19, 2018 09:44 |  #3

Thank you Sir.



  
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Jan 22, 2018 05:21 |  #4

Even in the 1DX, and the 5D Mark III behaves mostly the same, the AF points are shown as black rectangles all the time.


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Jan 22, 2018 05:46 |  #5

apersson850 wrote in post #18546351 (external link)
Even in the 1DX, and the 5D Mark III behaves mostly the same, the AF points are shown as black rectangles all the time.

I would find that incredibly annoying. Can you shut them off, if desired?




  
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Jan 22, 2018 19:13 |  #6

No. The AF mode you select shows the AF points.


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Jan 23, 2018 02:11 |  #7

Bassat wrote in post #18546358 (external link)
Can you shut them off, if desired?

Of course not. Turning off the AF points in an autofocus camera would be like driving a car blindfolded.


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Of course not. Turning off the AF points in an autofocus camera would be like driving a car blindfolded.

Well I don't think anyone would want to do that!
But, OTOH, with my 7DII with 65 AF points...

  • none of the AF squares show up unless I press the button to AF (using back-button-focus)
  • even if I have selected the 21-point AF, I can choose to see or not seem them in the viewfinder
  • if I have selected a cluster of 9 AF points, and moved the selected cluster off to the left/right, I can choose see only the chosen active cluster
  • and when I focus, I can choose to flash red the AF points in focus (as well as a display grid, if activated)


so perhaps the OP question is if his 5DIII has similar options for display.

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Jan 23, 2018 15:07 |  #9

apersson850 wrote in post #18546351 (external link)
Even in the 1DX, and the 5D Mark III behaves mostly the same, the AF points are shown as black rectangles all the time.

Bassat wrote in post #18546358 (external link)
I would find that incredibly annoying. Can you shut them off, if desired?

apersson850 wrote in post #18547057 (external link)
Of course not. Turning off the AF points in an autofocus camera would be like driving a car blindfolded.

No. Having 65 AF points I am not using in the way of my viewfinder would be like driving a car with mud on the windshield. Being able to turn OFF the ones I don't need/aren't using would be akin to actually cleaning the windshield. On my 80D, I only see the points I have chosen to see. I can't believe more expensive cameras do NOT have this feature.

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But, OTOH, with my 7DII with 65 AF points...
  • none of the AF squares show up unless I press the button to AF (using back-button-focus)
  • even if I have selected the 21-point AF, I can choose to see or not seem them in the viewfinder
  • if I have selected a cluster of 9 AF points, and moved the selected cluster off to the left/right, I can choose see only the chosen active cluster
  • and when I focus, I can choose to flash red the AF points in focus (as well as a display grid, if activated)


so perhaps the OP question is if his 5DIII has similar options for display.

The 7D2 is a bit older than my 80D. Both 7D and 80D can do this. I have to assume the newer 5D and 1D series have this ability, too. Or maybe just the newest models (5D4, 1DX2).




  
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Jan 23, 2018 15:43 |  #10

Sorry, I was unclear. I meant that you most likely want to see the AF points you actually use, even if it nowadays is possible to turn them all off. Unlike in the older models, where they were etched into the focusing screen, and couldn't be made fully invisible.


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Jan 23, 2018 15:57 |  #11

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Sorry, I was unclear. I meant that you most likely want to see the AF points you actually use, even if it nowadays is possible to turn them all off. Unlike in the older models, where they were etched into the focusing screen, and couldn't be made fully invisible.

we know you meant 'etched onto the SI plate' since the removeable focusing screen has no visible AF areas


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Jan 23, 2018 16:18 |  #12

The 5D3 has the same AF point selections (and tracking modes) as the 7D2. I find the main difference between the two cameras is that since the 7D2 is crop, its AF spread almost fills the whole viewfinder. The 7D2's viewfinder also has a light meter on the right side (while the 5D3 has a EC scale that doubles as a light meter in manual mode).


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Jan 23, 2018 16:24 |  #13

davesrose wrote in post #18547508 (external link)
The 5D3 has the same AF point selections (and tracking modes) as the 7D2. I find the main difference between the two cameras is that since the 7D2 is crop, its AF spread almost fills the whole viewfinder. The 7D2's viewfinder also has a light meter on the right side (while the 5D3 has a EC scale that doubles as a light meter in manual mode).

That was an adjustment for me when I started using a FF for birding, etc.


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davesrose wrote in post #18547508 (external link)
The 5D3 has the same AF point selections (and tracking modes) as the 7D2. I find the main difference between the two cameras is that since the 7D2 is crop, its AF spread almost fills the whole viewfinder. The 7D2's viewfinder also has a light meter on the right side (while the 5D3 has a EC scale that doubles as a light meter in manual mode).

Having to look in a DIFFERENT PLACE for manual exposure settings vs. for EC was an adjustment for me!


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Jan 23, 2018 17:01 as a reply to  @ Wilt's post |  #15

I had the 5D3 before I got the 7D2, so I was a bit thrown by having the meter to the right. At times, I also find it a bit harder to view then if it was at the bottom with the EC. But now that I'm used to it, I can use both cameras pretty interchangeably (I do like that their interfaces are so similar).


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