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1 Dx custom functions and settings
Anthony Gruppuso, Photographer
BAYPORT | NY | United States | Posted: 9:23 AM on 09.10.12
->> Just curious if some would like to share how they have their camera set up?
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Benjamin Amato, Photographer
Pierson | MI | USA | Posted: 11:18 AM on 09.11.12
->> I would like to second Anthony's question. I would also like to know what AF Case type you are having the greatest success with. I have been using #4 for football and soccer but my focus is jumping around a lot.
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Svein Ove Ekornesvaag, Photographer
Aalesund | Møre og Romsdal | Norway | Posted: 3:35 PM on 09.11.12
->> When I shoot soccer my configuration is this:

AF-on button: Switch to aperture priority without AF. (Or to manual if I shoot in aperture priority)

First front custom button: switch from ai servo to one shot.

Second front custom button: switch to registered af point.

For soccer I use case 4 and with 1 + 4 af points.
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Jack Kelley, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 8:04 PM on 09.13.12
->> Still finding my way (Hey, it’s all about the journey, right?), so these will likely change over time:

I’m using Orientation Linked AF point instead of Registered -- just a personal preference, and mostly starting with 4-point surround instead of 8; again, personal preference. And I like Multifunction Direct control of AF -- old habit from the 1D4.

My programmable buttons switch between One-Shot and AI Servo, and between 4-point-surround and 61-point iTR.

I’ve set up C1 in Av for street shooting; C2 in M for sports (including Auto ISO); and C3 in M for flash.

I discovered by accident that I needed to enable Auto Updating for C1, C2 & C3 because otherwise, whenever I changed Case while shooting sports in C2, the Case would revert each time the camera slept. I'd be thinking I had switched for the day to, say, Case 4, and it had jumped back to Case 1. That may be obvious to experienced users of C settings, but being new to those, it caught me by surprise.

I’m still figuring out which Cases work best for me under what circumstances.
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Max Waugh, Photographer
Bothell | WA | USA | Posted: 2:40 PM on 09.14.12
->> Mine just arrived, so I'm curious about what's worked best for folks as well. I've had the 5D III for a short time but have to admit that I never had a chance to get comfortable with the AF system. I suppose I'll start on Case 4 for football tomorrow and see what happens.

On a related note, it was interesting reading recent posts in wildlife photographer Andy Rouse's blog. He's been in Africa testing the 1DX (though he's a Nikon shooter) and seemed to have some success using the camera's automated "face detect" mode with moving subjects. Not sure this would translate to all sports (especially more crowded ones like football), but I'd be curious if it actually works well in certain situations.
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Max Waugh, Photographer
Bothell | WA | USA | Posted: 9:18 AM on 09.16.12
->> Just to follow up: Yesterday was my first time shooting a football game with this body. Based on the suggestion of another photographer, I actually started on Case 6, and tried Case 4 (Canon's recommendation) as well. I was finding that it wasn't acquiring focus quickly enough for me, so I ultimately switched to Case 3 for increased tracking sensitivity and had much better success.

I think more experimentation is in order, since this certainly wasn't what I was expecting. Probably a bit too much user error sullying the results anyway. ;)
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Dan Wozniak, Photographer
Arlington | TX | USA | Posted: 3:40 PM on 09.17.12
->> I have only shot one football so far with mine,(I just received it a few days ago) but I found this AF Guidebook from Canon that helps explain all the auto focus modes and settings. I found it to be quite helpful. http://goo.gl/B02rx

I also have my set to Case 4 but have modified a few of the settings after reading Canon's guidebook.
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Anthony Gruppuso, Photographer
BAYPORT | NY | United States | Posted: 4:31 PM on 09.17.12
->> To clarify, I'm looking for those that have ventured from the case settings and actually use the custom functions available. I know the case's can be tailored, but interested in the Custom Controls menu. P317+ in the manual.
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Jack Kelley, Photographer
Los Angeles | CA | | Posted: 3:22 PM on 09.20.12
->> Anthony,

Dunno if this is what you're looking for, but apart from the C1, C2, C3 setups I describe above for Custom Controls (p. 333+), I've so far not found a need to change more than a few Custom Functions (p. 317+).

The ones I might most often change for a specific shoot, like Number Of Bracketed Shots and Bracketing Auto Cancel, I put onto My Menu for quick access.

Otherwise, I've changed only these Custom Functions:

Spot metering -- Set to Linked To Active AF Point. Needs more testing.

Bracketing sequence -- Changed to -0+ because this makes it easy to identify where sequences begin and end in post simply by looking at the brightness level. That business of holding fingers in front of the lens seems superfluous.

Viewfinder info during exposure -- Set to On.

Like you, I'd welcome hearing from others on this.
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Al Diaz, Photographer
Miami | Fl | USA | Posted: 8:53 PM on 09.27.12
->> I'm waiting on Peter Read Miller's advice on this. He has done it for previous Canon bodies.... Bring it on Peter!
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Chris Pietsch, Photographer
Eugene | OR | USA | Posted: 9:31 PM on 09.27.12
->> +1 on the Peter Read Miller tip sheet.
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