Canon's custom function

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  1. wet

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    I almost never use the custom functions on my Canon. I was wondering if you guys can tell me is this a useful & convenient feature to master & I am missing out the goodies for all these time.
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    Can you be more specific? Like which camera you are using.

    There are some Custom Functions that I always have set differently than the default and there are some that I change on a semi-regular basis.
     
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    yea, one in particular i changed was the AEB order. i think the default was 0, -1, +1 and i changed it to -1, 0, +1 since thats more logical to me.

    i believe mirror lockup is also a custom function, and one that should be used if you're using a tripod doing macro photography or the like where camera shake could ruin an image.

    if you could be specific on which custom function/functions you are referring to, we'd be able to help a lot more. :)
     
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    10D & 5D M2.

    Could you also give an example when it is really useful to have these custom features.

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    See, I never really use it to notice its importance. I tried it once actually under my friend's supervision (setting 1st & 2nd curtain sync, maybe, can't quite remember), I was pretty intimidated by it. Thanks, Chammer.
     
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    You have a 5D MkII and you're not using the custom functions? Oh yeah, you're missing out. Big time. Go read the manual and familiarize yourself with what they all do.

    I mess with custom functions pretty regularly, and some are assigned as part of the main menus (the 450D has a nifty "My Menu" thingy, and I've put some custom functions that I change often in there). It lets me finagle every last iota of photographic mojo out of my camera, so to speak.
     
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    Great, now I really feel & look like an idiot. My lame excuse is I only bought it recently (9 months, maybe) & I don't use it very often due to other commitment, i.e. full time job & a new baby. :er:

    Still, why it is more superior than manual, Av & Tv? Damn my photographer friend, he left out all the important details. ;)
     
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    :lol: I was saying that in jest. Sorta.

    Those custom functions include wonderful features like highlight tone priority, mirror lock-up, high ISO noise reduction, how Live View AF works, and more—I'd wager a lot more on a 5D.
     
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    First custom function I change on my Canons is to move the AF Start from the shutter button to the * button on the back.

    I will mess with the other custom functions but changing the AF Start from the shutter button to the * button is a must.
     
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    I'm racking my brain and I can't figure out why you move AF Start. Would you please explain?
     
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    So that you can focus and set exposure separately. I find this most useful in fast changing lighting situations, where the subject is relatively still. I can focus, fire some frames, fire some more, but the camera isn't always refocusing each time I half-depress the shutter. And it gives a whole lot more control when you're shooting in AF Servo mode.
     
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    I have to blame POTN and this thread for first making me aware of the possibility of moving the AF Start from the shutter button to the * button. But it wasn't until I met up with some local Canon shooters who actually was shooting this way that I actually tried it. At first it was very awkward and I thought I would never get used to it...but now I can't use a camera if the AF Start is still on the shutter button. My thumb just goes straight to the * button when I'm ready to shoot, I'm not even aware that it's doing it.
     
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