Tips on operating your Canon 5D (Mark 1)

First published on: Sunday, 31 May 2009

This post is a collection of links to tips on operating your Canon EOS 5D Digital SLR Camera.

A wealth of information exists on how best to use your camera, and the best places to get these nuggets are at the various forums.

Learn how to optimize the 5D, which settings are best for a given situation, known problems with the camera, and the workarounds, if any.

  1. The power LED flashes even when the camera is switched off. It does not seem to cause significant battery drain, and could be caused by the flexing or movement of various components such as the lens mount, CF and battery doors.
  2. Juan Rodrigo used Automatic White Balance, and shot JPG for his series on India.
  3. Duration of focus point light-up on the 5D vs 1D — very brief on the 5D, and cannot be altered, unlike on the 1D.
  4. How practical is manual focusing on the 5D? Read a forum discussion.
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