Canon EOS-1D Review
Top of Camera Controls: Left Side
The top of the camera will be familiar to anyone who has used an EOS-1V, control layout is virtually identical, there are only a few subtle styling differences.
On the left are three buttons which are used in combination with the main dial (just behind the shutter release). These buttons pressed either individually or combined with one other allow you to change the settings of up to six different camera settings. In the icons below the half dial is the main dial (top front of hand grip) and the full dial is the quick command dial (rear).
|Button / combination|
Select exposure mode: *1
|Select AF mode
|Select metering mode
Evaluative metering (21 zone)
Partial metering (13.5% of center)
Spot metering (3.8% of center)
Center-weighted average metering
|Select flash exposure
+/-3 EV in 0.3 EV steps
|Select exposure bracketing:
0.3 - 3.0 EV steps (3 frames)
|Select ISO sensitivity:
L (ISO 100 equiv.)
H (ISO 3200 equiv.)
|Select ISO bracketing:
0.3 - 3.0 EV steps (3 frames)
|Select drive mode:
High-speed continuous; 8 fps
Low-speed continuous; 3 fps
10 sec self timer
2 sec self timer
|*1|| P.Fn 1 allows you to disable any of the exposure modes.|
C.Fn 13 allows you to lock metering to the currently
selected AF point for Spot metering.
P.Fn 2 allows you to disable any of the metering modes.
C.Fn 9 allows you to change the bracketing sequence
/ auto cancellation rule
P.Fn 7 enables continuous bracketing
P.Fn 8 can be used to set the number of bracket shots (2, 3, 5, 7)
P.Fn 9 can be used to reverse the sequence of C.Fn 9-2,3 to +,0,-
|*4|| C.Fn 3 must be enabled to use the 'expanded' ISO 100 (indicated as L) and ISO 3200 (indicated as H).|
|*5|| P.Fn 19 allows you to re-program continuous modes to 8,7,6,5,4 fps and 3,2,1 fps respectively.|
As someone who doesn't have lots of experience of the 1V I was encouraged by how quick and easy this control system is to learn. However I do feel it would have been useful to include a custom function which can allow single handed control of these functions (a bit like the EOS-D30).
Exposure / Focus / Metering / Drive modes
Program AE (Shiftable) *1
Aperture Priority Auto *2
This unique Canon EOS feature allows you to select two focus points in a scene and the camera will then select the correct aperture and focus distance to ensure both subjects are in focus (within the focus field) in the final shot. On the EOS-1D this is carried out by focusing (half-press of the shutter release) on the first subject, then focusing on the second subject (again, another half-press) and then recompose the scene and fully depress the shutter release. The camera indicates which subject you're focusing on with a DEP-1 / DEP-2 display on the top LCD and viewfinder status bar.
|M|| Manual Exposure
In this mode you select the aperture and the shutter speed from any available combination. Main dial (top) selects shutter speed, quick command dial (rear) selects aperture. A half-press of the shutter release will activate the cameras meter and the relative exposure difference (+/- 3 EV) will be indciated on the viewfinder meter (right of the viewfinder screen). A difference of exposure of more than 3 EV is indicated by either an up or down pointing arrow.
Shutter Priority Auto *4
The EOS-1D has a dedicated Bulb exposure mode. In this mode you can select the aperture by rolling the main dial (top) then press and hold the shutter release for the length of exposure you require (normally in conjunction with a remote release). During the exposure the top display gives a readout of the exposure length in hours, minutes and seconds.
|*1|| P.Fn 10 can be used to retain the program shift for multiple shots|
steps can be set to 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV via C.Fn 6.
P.Fn 5 allows you to limit the range of available apertures (for all exposure modes).
P.Fn 3 can be used to select the type of metering mode used in manual
C.Fn 5 can be used to reverse the action of the main / sub dial for selection of aperture and shutter speed.
Exposure steps can be set to 1/3,
1/2 or 1 EV via C.Fn 6.
| P.Fn 1 allows you to disable any of the exposure modes.|
| C.Fn 16 allows you to enable 'safety shift' for Av or Tv modes, when enabled the camera will automatically override the selected aperture or shutter speed to avoid overexposure.|
Auto Focus modes
One Shot AF
|AI Servo AF
In this mode the camera constantly re-focuses on a moving subject. If the subject is moving at a constant rate towards or away from the camera the focus system will 'predict' the new focus distance. This is especially sucessful when AF point selection is set to auto (the camera can use all 45 focus points to track a moving subject). In this mode the focus confirmation light only indicates if focus can not be achieved (it blinks).
| P.Fn 13 allows you to switch AI Servo auto focus between focus-priority (default) and shutter release-priority.|
| C.Fn 20 can be used to change the AI Servo tracking sensitivity (standard, slow, moderately slow, moderately fast, fast) so that focusing isn't thrown off if (example) something crosses the path of the lens.|
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