How do I set up my 50D for back button focusing?

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jrk Senior Member • Posts: 1,908
How do I set up my 50D for back button focusing?

Could someone provide the steps required to configure my 50D for back button focusing?  I've not been able to set it up correctly.

Thanks

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MrScary Veteran Member • Posts: 6,303
Re: How do I set up my 50D for back button focusing?

Funny thing these cameras. I have a 7D and use Back Button because camera is FAST. Good for Birding

I also have a 50D and prefer the Front Button on it. Good for People/Landscapes/Macro.

Google--how to set up 50d for back button focusing...

Good Luck

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asad137 Contributing Member • Posts: 693
p. 181 of the 50D manual

In the Custom Functions menu, C.Fn IV, option 1 controls the behavior of the shutter and AF-ON buttons.

Options 2 and 3 are used to enable BBF; option 1 makes the AF-ON button an AF Lock button.

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Re: How do I set up my 50D for back button focusing?
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jrk wrote:

Could someone provide the steps required to configure my 50D for back button focusing? I've not been able to set it up correctly.

It has the AF-On button, so there shouldn't be anything to configure.

asad137 Contributing Member • Posts: 693
Re: How do I set up my 50D for back button focusing?

RedFox88 wrote:

jrk wrote:

Could someone provide the steps required to configure my 50D for back button focusing? I've not been able to set it up correctly.

It has the AF-On button, so there shouldn't be anything to configure.

Well, presumably if he wants BBF, then he wants to remove focus control from the shutter button. Otherwise what's the point?

TTMartin
TTMartin Veteran Member • Posts: 7,304
Re: How do I set up my 50D for back button focusing?

jrk wrote:

Could someone provide the steps required to configure my 50D for back button focusing? I've not been able to set it up correctly.

Thanks

Since the 50D has an AF ON button, all that is required is to remove focusing from the shutter button.

Menu

Orange Camera Tab

C.F.IV:Operation/Others

1 Shutter button/AF-ON button

3:Metering start/Meter+AF start.

This way when you press the AF-ON button the camera will focus the same as a half press on the shutter button.

A half press on the shutter button only starts metering.

If you want to use the * instead of AF-ON for your back button focus

Menu

Orange Camera Tab

C.F.IV:Operation/Others

2 AF-ON/AE lock button switch

1:Enable
* is your AF-ON button and AF-ON button is your exposure lock

0:Disable
* is your exposure lock and AF-ON is your focus start

Personally I shoot a lot in AI Servo and don't want to have to continually hold the back button, so I leave AF start on my shutter button, but, configure my AF-ON button as AF-OFF. This way I start focus with the shutter button, but, can stop it at anytime with a back button press. I find this is works better for me.

To configure your camera like that

Menu

Orange Camera Tab

C.F.IV:Operation/Others

1 Shutter button/AF-ON button

1: Metering + AF start/AF stop

Menu

Orange Camera Tab

C.F.IV:Operation/Others

2 AF-ON/AE lock button switch

0:Disable
* is your exposure lock and AF-ON is your focus stop/suspend

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jrk OP Senior Member • Posts: 1,908
Re: How do I set up my 50D for back button focusing?

asad137 wrote:

RedFox88 wrote:

jrk wrote:

Could someone provide the steps required to configure my 50D for back button focusing? I've not been able to set it up correctly.

It has the AF-On button, so there shouldn't be anything to configure.

Well, presumably if he wants BBF, then he wants to remove focus control from the shutter button. Otherwise what's the point?

That's exactly what I'm after, I want to focus with the back button only and have the shutter button on for taking the actual shot.  I will be using this technique for sports photography; continual focus with the back button and shot with the shutter release.

Thanks

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jrk OP Senior Member • Posts: 1,908
Re: How do I set up my 50D for back button focusing?

TTMartin wrote:

jrk wrote:

Could someone provide the steps required to configure my 50D for back button focusing? I've not been able to set it up correctly.

Thanks

Since the 50D has an AF ON button, all that is required is to remove focusing from the shutter button.

Menu

Orange Camera Tab

C.F.IV:Operation/Others

1 Shutter button/AF-ON button

3:Metering start/Meter+AF start.

This way when you press the AF-ON button the camera will focus the same as a half press on the shutter button.

A half press on the shutter button only starts metering.

If you want to use the * instead of AF-ON for your back button focus

Menu

Orange Camera Tab

C.F.IV:Operation/Others

2 AF-ON/AE lock button switch

1:Enable
* is your AF-ON button and AF-ON button is your exposure lock

0:Disable
* is your exposure lock and AF-ON is your focus start

Personally I shoot a lot in AI Servo and don't want to have to continually hold the back button, so I leave AF start on my shutter button, but, configure my AF-ON button as AF-OFF. This way I start focus with the shutter button, but, can stop it at anytime with a back button press. I find this is works better for me.

To configure your camera like that

Menu

Orange Camera Tab

C.F.IV:Operation/Others

1 Shutter button/AF-ON button

1: Metering + AF start/AF stop

Menu

Orange Camera Tab

C.F.IV:Operation/Others

2 AF-ON/AE lock button switch

0:Disable
* is your exposure lock and AF-ON is your focus stop/suspend

Thanks!!!

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Re: How do I set up my 50D for back button focusing?

jrk wrote:

Could someone provide the steps required to configure my 50D for back button focusing? I've not been able to set it up correctly.

Thanks

Here's a link to an article on the Canon Learning Center website that might be of some use:

Back Button AF Explained

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