This metering mode is suitable for general shots and even those
which are backlit. It uses the 21 metering zones in conjunction
with the current AF point to calculate the optimum exposure.
Partial metering is more effective for strongly backlit subjects,
metering is weighted at the center of the frame covering 13.5% of
the viewfinder area.
Spot metering is useful for metering very precisely a single subject
or area within a scene. The metering is weighted at the center of
the frame covering 3.8% of the viewfinder area. With AF points limited
to 11 or 9 (custom function 13 is 1 or 3) the metered spot will follow
the AF point.
In this mode the entire frame is metered but more emphasis (weight)
is placed on the center portion of the frame.
2 allows you to disable any of the metering modes.
A single shot is taken for a full press of the shutter release.
speed continuous (8 fps) *1
Press and hold the shutter release and the camera shoots at its
highest frame rate (approx. 8 frames per second) until the buffer
is full. As soon as there is space in the buffer (images have been
written out to the CF card) the next shot will be taken. Personal
function 19 allows you re-program this high speed frame rate to
approx. 4, 5, 6, 7 or 8 fps. See table below for estimated number
of frames at different ISO sensitivities.
speed continuous (4 fps) *2
Press and hold the shutter release and the camera shoots at its low
frame rate (approx. 4 frames per second) until the buffer is full.
As soon as there is space in the buffer (images have been written
out to the CF card) the next shot will be taken. Typically at this
lower speed, with a fast CF card and at ISO 200 you can shoot until
the card is full. See table below for estimated number of frames at
different ISO sensitivities.
Self-timer 10-sec delay
Camera pauses 10 seconds before taking shot. Countdown is displayed
on the top LCD.
Self-timer 2-sec delay
Camera pauses 2 seconds before taking shot. Countdown is displayed
on the top LCD.
19 allows you re-program this low speed frame rate to approx. 8, 7,
6, 5 or 4 fps.
19 allows you re-program this low speed frame rate to approx. 3, 2,
or 1 fps.
Looking through the viewfinder the camera displays the
capacity of the buffer as a two digit numeric (right side of the viewfinder
display). This buffer burst capacity at different ISO sensitivities (these
are camera estimates, real burst capacity will depend on scene complexity,
noise and CF card write speed):
est. JPEG / RAW
21 / 16
20 / 16
20 / 14
14 / 14
20 allows you to limit the number of shots in continuous mode, when
this setting is enabled the camera will only shoot the specified number
of frames for any single press-and-hold of the shutter release button.
Top of Camera Controls: Right Side
Right side of camera controls
Acquires a flash exposure
lock, attached flash will pre-flash and meter for the correct flash
Also used in multi-spot metering mode to select a meter point.
Illuminates top or
rear LCD status panels with blue LEDs for six seconds.
Select exposure compensation:
+/-3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps *1
AE Lock - lock exposure
as it is currently metered, this allows you to then recompose the
image and shoot.
Enter AF point select
Main dial dial (top) used to select AF points horizontally, quick
command dial (rear) used to select AF points vertically.
compensation steps can be set to 1/3 or 1/2 EV via C.Fn 6.
4 allows you reprogram the function of the shutter release and AE
Lock buttons to various combinations of AF / AE Lock.