In this video, Tim shows you how to take advantage of the 5D Mark IV's numerous customization features to best suit your workflow.
- Many of the menu settings that you'll find on a digital SLR relate to various basic features of the camera and they're relatively straightforward. But on Canon's cameras, including the 5D Mark IV, you can drill them into some very specific settings, really getting into fine-tuning how that camera behaves based on your particular preferences. Those are found on the Custom Functions menu, I'll go ahead and press the Menu button to bring up them menu display on the LCD, and then I can navigate to my Custom Function settings.
There are five pages of settings under Custom Functions, and I really do encourage you to go through and take a look at all of them, and get familiar with which options they're making available. You'll find that at least some of these features are going to be very valuable to you, some of them might be not-so important and you'll leave those at the default. Let's take a look at a couple of examples, just to get a sense of what types of controls are available here. For example, with Exposure level increments, the default is to adjust our exposer in 1/3 of a stop, each of our increments is 1/3 of a stop, my personal preference is to work in 1/2 stop increments, so I'll change that from the default setting to 1/2 instead of 1/3.
Notice, by the way, that when I change one of my settings on the menu from the default setting to a custom setting, that that particular option is shown in blue rather than white, so I can see at a quick glance which settings I've actually adjusted from their defaults. Next on the list here's the ISO speed setting increments, and here again I can choose the exposure increments for the ISO settings. So I can adjust by default in 1/3 of a stop increments, or switch to full stop increments. For me personally, I find that adjusting the ISO setting in one stop increments is all I need, I don't need the fine-tuning capability of 1/3 stop increments for the ISO setting.
Especially with a camera like the 5D Mark IV, where the noise performance is really quite good. But of course, you can make your own decisions about those specific settings, and adjust accordingly. Just as one additional example, going down a little bit further on the menu here, we see the Bracketing sequence. If you're using automatic exposure bracketing, such as for high-dynamic range captures, the default setting is for the normal exposure to be recorded first, then the minus exposure compensation, followed by the plus exposure compensation.
My personal preference is to have those images shown in order of dark to light, from the darkest exposure to the lightest exposure. So I prefer to change this setting to the -0+ setting, rather than that 0-+ default setting. But those are just a few examples. To give you a sense of the types of adjustments that are available on that Custom Functions menu. But again, I do highly recommend that you go through those various options to get familiar with which options are available, and adjust those settings based on your own personal preferences.
- Configuring media cards, viewfinder options, and GPS
- Improving power-up speed by changing sensor cleaning settings
- Using Live View and depth of field preview
- Customizing autofocus settings
- Achieving perfectly level shots
- Using image review and star rating
- Capturing video with the Canon 5D Mark IV
- Leveraging Dual Pixel RAW captures