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Focus points: Setting point selection

The EOS-1D, 1D Mark II, 1D Mark II N, 1D Mark III, 1Ds, 1Ds Mark II, 1Ds Mark III, 1V and EOS 3 cameras have a Custom Function that effectively increases the size of the focusing points. Custom Function 17 (Custom Function III-8 on the EOS-1D Mark III and 1Ds Mark III) does this by creating a cluster of focus points that are all active.

When your EOS is set to Full Auto or a PIC mode, it will always select the focus point for you – there is no way of overriding it. That’s because these modes are designed for simple-to-use, foolproof shooting. If you want to be able to take control you need to switch to a creative zone mode on the command dial, such as program (P), shutter-priority (Tv), aperture-priority (Av), or manual (M) mode.

In these modes, you can select the focus point yourself. To do this, press the focus point button (on the back of the camera, top right) and turn the electronic input dial. The selected focus point will appear in the LCD panel and glow red in the viewfinder. Turn the dial to scroll through the points until the one you want is selected. To return to automatic focus point selection, scroll until all the points are illuminated, or switch to Full Auto or a PIC mode (your manual setting will be retained when you return to a Creative Zone).

EOS-1D Mark III, 1Ds Mark III, 1D Mark IV, 1D X, 5D, 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III, 20D, 30D, 40D, 50D and 60D.

These cameras give you the option of selecting the focusing point with the Input Dial or the Command Dial – both do the same job. Alternatively, you can use the Multi-controller (small button to the top right side of the preview screen) to scroll through the focus points. Push the button in the direction you want to move, or press the button down to select the middle focus point. When you press the multi-controller in the direction of the selected point, all the points become active.

Double points

The EOS-1D range and EOS 3 allow you to select two adjacent focus points. You will see this when you are scrolling vertically through the points; the selection will alternate between a single point and two points. Selecting two points will enable the camera to focus over a wider area.

EOS-1D, 1D Mark II, 1D Mark IIN, 1D Mark III, 1Ds, 1Ds Mark II, 1Ds Mark III, 10D, D30, D60

Use the Input Dial (behind the shutter button) to scroll horizontally through the 45 focusing points, and the Command Dial (on the back of the camera) to scroll vertically. On the EOS D30 and D60, both dials move through the point horizontally – there is no vertical option.

Registering a point

A few EOS models allow you to pre-select a favourite focus point and then switch to it instantly at any time. Here’s how to do it.

EOS-1D, 1DN, 1D Mark II, 1Ds, 1Ds Mark II

To register a point, select it in the usual way. Then press the Assist and FEL buttons simultaneously. The LCD panel will display the letters ‘SEL’ (select) along with ‘[ ]’ if you’ve selected the centre point or ‘HP’ if you’ve picked another point. To jump instantly to this point in the future, press the Assist and FEL buttons simultaneously again.

Custom Function 18-1 changes this system so that you can select the registered point by just pressing the Assist button. Custom Function 18-2 lets you temporarily jump to the registered point while the Assist button is held down; when you release the button, the camera returns to the previously selected point.

AF point registration is also available on the EOS 1D Mark III or 1Ds Mark III. First enable C.Fn III-10, then register the AF point. To register an AF point, select the focus point you want to register, then hold down the focus point selection button and press the ISO button. The top LCD panel will show []HP for automatic selection, SEL[] for Centre AF point or SEL HP for an off-centre point. To select the registered AF point, press the multi-controller. If you change C.Fn III-9 the registered AF point will be cancelled.

EOS 10D

 
  • Use the Menu button and Command Dial to scroll to the Custom Function screen
  • Scroll to Custom Function 7 (AF point registration)
  • Turn the Command Dial to select the required focus point, using the image displayed on the menu.
  • Press the Menu button to leave the display and save the setting.
  • To jump instantly to this point in the future, press the Assist and Focus Point buttons simultaneously.

Custom Function 13-1 changes this system so that you can select the registered point by just pressing the Assist button. Custom Function 13-2 lets you temporarily jump to the registered point while the Assist button is held down. When you release the button, the camera returns to the previously selected point.