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AF Setting Guidebook
Detailed explanations of how to use the
various high precision AF features
AF Setting Guidebook
By combining the ultimate in AF
performance and easy of use, a
wealth of new photographic
possibilities are available.
61-Point High-Density Reticular AF
Improved AF performance capturing fast moving subjects
The EOS-1D X is equipped with a newly developed
61-Point High-Densit y Reticular AF making it
p ossible to capture f as t moving subje c t s in
situations where accurate focusing even with a
high p er for mance autofo cus is dif f icult . B y
arranging the 61 AF points in a high concentration,
the level of composition freedom, and tracking
performance is greatly improved. Featuring 41
high precision cross-type AF points compatible
w i th f/4 l e ns a n d n ew a l g o r i th ms , a r e us e d
together with AI Servo AF III to improve accuracy
for predictive AF, making it possible to focus
precisely when shooting subjects with extremely
f a s t m o v e m e n t , s u c h a s a g i l e p l ay e r s w i t h
unpredictable behavior.
Contents
New AF Setting Operability
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Simple selection of the best combinations of AF settings for any subject or scene
The AF Configuration Tool makes it possible to set
the AI Servo AF features by simply selecting the
shooting scene from [Case 1] to [Case 6]. Should
you need to, it is also possible to adjust the
parameters separately. This AF Setting Guidebook
will introduce a variety of features and most
effective settings centered around the 61-point AF
and AF Configuration Tool, in order to take
advantage of the high performance AF functions
of the EOS-1D X.
AF Configuration Tool [Presets]
Select from Case 1 - Select from Case 1 - Case 6 to match subject scenarios
Case 1 Versatile multi-purpose setting
Case 2 Continue to focus-track even when the subject momentarily moves from the AF points
Case 3 Focus instantly on subjects that move into the AF points
Case 4 Focus track subjects that accelerate or decelerate quickly
Case 5 Focus on subjects with erratic movement
Case 6 Focus on subjects with erratic movement and changes in speed
AF Configuration Tool [Parameters]
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racking sensitivity
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AF Configuration Tool
Newly established AF tabs AF menu functions are in a separate tab
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This setting allows obstacles that pass in front of the subject to be ignored,
as well as focusing on new subjects
Accel./decel. tracking [+] is effective for fast sports which may include sudden stop-start motion
F pt auto switching [+]setting is most effective for sports with lots of movement where the
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subject can easily move out of the selected AF point
AF Area Selection Mode
AF area selection mode
Spot AF, Single-point AF Focusing on a small or narrow area
AF point expansion Fast moving subjects that are difficult to track with a single AF point
Zone AF Effective for capturing subjects within an known area
Auto selection of 61 AF points With AI Servo AF all 61 points can be used for automatic tracking
61-Point High-Density Reticular AF Cross-type Points
The 61-point AF has many cross-type points that support F/4 for great tracking performance
The number and placement of cross-type points used by the F/2.8 lenses
The number and placement of cross-type points used by the F/4 lenses
The number and placement of cross-type points used by the F/5.6 lenses
Setting the AF Shutter-release Characteristics
AF operation and shutter-release timing settings
Utilizing the AF
AF points can be set to switch automatically for horizontal and vertical shooting
AF points can be called instantly using Switch to registered AF point
Custom controls for effective AF related functions
AF frame indicated in this information may differ from those interior indication and color of actual finder.
New AF Setting Menu
All AF-related menu functions now in a separate menu
The Various AF-related functions are now incorporated into an AF menu tab
Various settings for AF-related features can be made with AF menus [AF2] - [AF5]
AF2 AI Servo
AF-related setting items
in the AF menu
Settings related to the camera priorities when using
AI Servo AF
The [AF/2] tab includes settings related to cameras priorit y
concerning shutter-release timing when using AI Servo AF. [AI
Servo 1st image priority] and [AI Servo 2nd image priority] make
it possible to make focusing the priority slowing the shutterrelease timing, or prioritize faster shutter-release.
AF3 One-Shot
Settings related to focusing and shutter-release
timing when using One-Shot AF release priority
The AF1 tab includes the AF Configuration Tool
The AF1 tab is impor tant when shooting moving
subjects using the AI Servo AF of the EOS-1D X. It is
possible to effectively set AI Servo AF characteristics by
selecting the option that closely matches the scene
with the AF Configuration Tool.
Within the [AF3] tab, the [One-Shot AF release priority] settings
related to focusing and shutter-release timing when using OneShot AF release priority. The other options [USM lens electronic
MF ] and [AF-assis t b eam f iring], control the manual fo cus
operation of some lenses and the operation of AF assist function
of attached Speedlites.
AF4
Includes general settings related to AF point
selection
Select which and how AF points are selected. This menu includes
settings related to [AF area selection mode] ([Automatic AF point
selection criteria], [Selectable AF points], [AF area selection
mode], [AF area selection method], and [Orientation linked AF
point]). In addition there is the [Lens drive when AF impossible]
option in this menu.
The various AF-related settings that were
previously included in the custom functions
(C.Fn) menu, have been incorporated into the
new AF menu tab. This makes smooth access to
AF-related settings possible. In particular, the AF
Configuration Tool included in tab AF1 can be
used to easily match settings with the AI Servo
AF characteristics, making it an impor tant
feature that takes advantage of the advanced
AF performance on the EOS-1D X. By selecting
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from six presets (Case 1 - Case 6), makes it
possible to set the AI Servo AF characteristics to
most accurately suit the subject's movement,
and scene conditions. It is also possible for fine
control to adjust each parameters separately.
(Refer to P. 7 – 25 for AF Configuration Tool
details.) Tabs [AF 2] – [AF 5] include a variety of
settings such as shutter-release timing settings,
a setting for the number of AF points that can
be selected and AF area selection method.
AF5
Includes general settings related to display of AF points, etc.
Within [AF5] tab are settings that control how AF points are
displayed in the viewfinder such as ([AF point display during
focusing], [VF display illumination], and [AF status in viewfinder]).
With the (Manual AF pt. selec pattern) the AF point selection can
stop at the peripheral AF point or instead loop back to the
opposite side of the AF area. For those who need to make fine
adjustments to the focus position [AF Microadjustment] is available.
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AF Configuration Tool [Presets]
Select from Case 1 - Case 6 to match subject scenarios
Presets consist of three different parameters combinations
The best parameters for different subjects and shooting scenes are
combined into presets from Case 1 - 6
Case1
Versatile multi-purpose setting
Case2
Continue to track subjects, ignoring possible obstacles
Case3
Instantly focus on subjects suddenly entering AF points
Case4
For subjects that accelerate or decelerate quickly
Case5
For erratic subjects, moving in any direction
Case6
[AF1] tab screen. By selecting an appropriate preset from the Case 1 - Case 6
icons on the left side of the screen, the most effective AI Servo AF settings for
different subjects can be made.
For subjects that change speed and move erratically
A combination of parameters to best suit the characteristics of subject movement have been used to create the
presets from Case 1 – Case 6. By selecting the appropriate icon, the different AI Servo AF settings can be selected
to suit the subject.
The AF Configuration Tool is
a function for setting AI
Ser vo AF characteristics.
Therefore, it ’s set tings will
have no function when using
[One shot AF].
When the [AF1] tab on the EOS-1D X is opened,
[Case1 Versatile multi-pur pose setting] a
running man icon will be displayed. This is the
default option for the AF Configuration Tool.
Different presets to match the characteristics of
the type of subject and its movement, and the
shooting conditions, can be selected from Case
1 - Case 6. By simply selecting one of these
cases, settings for the AI Servo AF characteristics
that match the scene will be used.
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Hints & Tips
,These six presets are combinations of the
f o l l o w i n g t h r e e p a r a m e t e r s , [ Tr a c k i n g
sensitivity], [Accel./decel. tracking], and [AF pt
auto switching] (P. 20 - 25). Using the presets
sets the parameters in the most effective way.
However, if you wish I t is also possible to
manually adjust the parameters individually.
Press the
INFO
button
Content
displays on
the help
screen
button while any of [Case] is
Pushing
indicated in display, then text information of AF
Setting Characteristics or Shooting Scene
Example is indicated.
Moving the purple square over Case 1 – Case 6 will
display the name of each case, for example [Case1
Versatile multi-purpose setting]. If you want more
detailed information, you can press the INFO button.
This will display the help screen containing
information about shooting scene examples and
which settings to alter and when.
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AF Configuration Tool [Presets]
Case1
Precise and accurate focusing is possible for a wide range
Versatile multi-purpose setting
of subjects
Case 1 can be used to great
advantage when shooting
moving subjects, making it
possible to accurately capture
fast subject.
Parameter default settings
Subject tracking sensitivity
[0]
Accelerate / decelerate Tracking
[0]
AF point auto switching
[0]
The [AF Configuration Tool] [Case 1] is the basic
AI Ser vo AF setting on the EOS-1D X. As its
name indicates, it is versatile and achieves a
high level of tracking performance in a wide
variety of scenes.
Equipped with AI Servo AF III, the EOS-1D X has
improved flexibility in handling a variety of
moving subjects, and superior prediction of
movement for more accurate focusing. Even
with a variety of difficult elements such as
extremely fast movement, sudden changes in
speed, and interruptions by obstacles, AI Servo
AF III overcomes these and is able to capture
the subject.
Ca s e 1 i s t h e re co m m e n d s e t t i n g to s t a r t
shooting with, Case 1 will provide great results
when shooting a variety of sports and moving
subjec ts. When more specific settings for
individual cases are desired, please try Case 2 –
Case 6 to match shooting conditions.
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Single-Point
AI Servo AF III makes it
possible to carry out
precise focus for
subjects in a wide
variety of conditions
A F o n t h e E O S -1D X i s
equipped with a new
focus tracking algorithm,
AI Servo AF III. It supports
an even greater variety of
subject movement than
before, and by utilizing
the high level track ing
p e r f o r m a n ce o f t h e A I
Ser vo AF III, and Case 1
configuration setting, it
can handle many different
shooting conditions.
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AF Configuration Tool [Presets]
Case2
Continue to focus-track even when the subject momenta
Effective when shooting scenes with fast moving subjects, or when an obstacle momen
rily moves from the AF points
tarily appears in front of the subject
Parameter default settings
Subject tracking sensitivity
[-1]
Accelerate / decelerate Tracking
[0]
AF point auto switching
[0]
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Example of a fast
moving subject
where the focus
has shifted to
the background
(photo2). By
selecting Case 2
for situations like
this, it will be
easier to focus
track the subject.
Case 2 is an effective setting for shooting fast
moving subjects when they move away from
the selected AF point, or when obstacles may
momentarily obscure the subject. Sometimes
when the subject moves from the selected AF
p o i n t , fo c u s c a n s h i f t to t h e b a c k gro u n d
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(resulting in an out of focus subject), similarly
when an obstacle obscures the subject, focus
can shift to the obstacle. By selecting Case 2 in
situations like these, focus will attempt to
continue to track the desired subject. When a
subject moves away from the AF points for an
extended period (such as swimmers doing the
butterfly stroke, or sports where the subject is
hidden for intervals), even better performance
may be achieved by manually setting the
[Tracking sensitivity] parameter to [-2].
Tr y s e l e c t i n g C a s e 2 w h e n
shooting a tennis player with
fast side to side movement.
The subjec t will be tracked
even when they move away
from the AF points.
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AF Configuration Tool [Presets]
Case3
Focus instantly on subjects that move into the AF points
Effective when you want to continuously photograph targeted athletes one after the
other
1. S hoot the whole group while
focusing on the cyclist in the center
A scene with cyclists coming towards
the camera. While focusing on the
lead cyclist you may wish to switch
f o c u s to th e o th e r c yclis t s w h ils t
continuously shooting. In this
situation, by selec ting Case 3, you
can l achieve the desired focus on
each subject.
Parameter default settings
Subject tracking sensitivity
[Responsive: +1]
Accelerate / decelerate Tracking
[+1]
AF point auto switching
[0]
Case 3 is the ideal setting for situations when
you want to focus quickly between subjects in
t h e A F p o i n t s . I n C a s e 3 , t h e [ Tr a c k i n g
sensitivity] parameter is set to [+1]. As a result,
subjects that come into the AF points will be
focused on more quickly. This setting is most
effective when subjects appear suddenly in the
frame (for example photographing skiers in an
alpine skiing downhill race,). Other shooting
situations, this setting can be extremely effective
is when switching between different subjects
you want to shoot (for example, at the start of
a bicycle road race, when you want to shoot
continuously and switch from cyclist to cyclist
while focusing).
When set to Case 3, if the subject moves away
from the AF points, the camera may quickly
refocus on a different subject or background, in
contrast to Case 2. Therefore, it is recommended
that you use this setting only when you have a
particular objective as indicated above.
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2. Focus on the lead cyclist
3. Focus on the right side cyclist
4. Focus on the left side cyclist
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AF Configuration Tool [Presets]
Case4
Focus track subjects that can accelerate or decelerate
Effective when a subject's speed changes rapidly, or in sports where subjects stop or
quickly
change direction
For example in soccer.
A player dribbling at
high speed stops
suddenly in front of
a defender, changes
direc tion and then
begins to sprint
again. By using Case
4 the AF system reacts
to sudden changes
in sp e e d, all ow in g
continuous and
accurate focusing.
Parameter default settings
Subject tracking sensitivity
[0]
Accelerate / decelerate Tracking
[+1]
AF point auto switching
[0]
Continuously track players as they suddenly slow down and speed up
When shooting spor ts, there are many
situations where it will be necessary to deal
with fast moving subjects. Subjects suddenly
going from static to moving or sudden stopping
can occur in various sports and situations and it
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can be difficult for the AF system to judge
accurately, In these situations, Case 4 is most
effective. With the [Accelerate / decelerate
Tracking] parameter set to [+1], the AI Servo AF
will work to focus track any changes in speed,
including sudden stops and acceleration. This
makes Case 4 the most effective setting for
shooting soccer, rugby, basketball or sports
where there is a lot of running and stopping, as
well as changes of direction. It is also effective
for cornering during motor sports (sudden
deceleration and acceleration).
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AF Configuration Tool [Presets]
Case5
Focus on subjects with erratic movement
Suitable for sports and fast action where traditionally AF systems have difficulty tracking
Using Case 5 when
photographing a
figure skater making
a b ig jump (th e AF
area selection mode
i s s e t t o [A F p o i n t
e x p ansio n]). It is
possible to track the
skater's movements
by letting the camera
switch bet ween AF
points.
Parameter default settings
Subject tracking sensitivity
[0]
Accelerate / decelerate Tracking
[0]
AF point auto switching
[+1]
It is possible to focus on subjects that move erratically
and could move in any direction
Inline skating on a half-pipe. Capturing the moments when the skater is jumping and
twisting is easier with Case 5.
Case 5 is most effective for subjects with large
amount of movements which could occur in
any direction. This setting works in 61-point
automatic selection AF, Zone AF, and AF point
expansion modes only. In Case 5, [AF pt auto
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switching] is set to [+1], when the subject
moves away from the manually selected AF
point (AF points focused on initially with Zone
AF), focusing automatically switches to other AF
points that contain the subject. As a result, even
when the subject continuously leaves the
selected AF point, it is possible to increase the
ratio of photos that are in focus. This setting is
most effective when shooting subjects with
er ratic movement such as figure sk ating,
skateboarding, and inline skating.
Blue color of focus point is for explanation only, and actually there is no blue indication available.
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AF Configuration Tool [Presets]
Case6
Focus on subjects with erratic movement and changes in
Effective when shooting sports that feature lots of quick movements
speed
A rhythmic gymnast
making sudden big
jumps can be captured
when shooting with
Case 6 which can
focus on subjects with
sudden movement,
and erratic movement.
Continuous focusing
is possible for large
movements and
changes in speed.
Parameter default settings
Subject tracking sensitivity
[0]
Accelerate / decelerate Tracking
[+1]
AF point auto switching
[+1]
Case 6 is a setting that combines features of
both Case 4 (support for sudden changes in
speed), and Case 5 (suppor t for erratic
movement in any direction). [Accel./decel.
tracking] and [AF pt auto switching] parameters
are both [+1].
Therefore, Case 6 is an effective setting for
subjects that stop and start suddenly, but also
have erratic movement which could happen in
any direction, it works during Auto selection
61-point AF, Zone AF, and AF point expansion
only.
Shooting subjects that are most appropriate for
this setting include rhythmic gymnastics which
includes large movements with complete stops.
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Blue color of focus point is for explanation only, and actually there is no blue indication available.
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AF Configuration Tool [Parameters]
Subject tracking characteristics
This setting allows obstacles that pass in front of the sub
[Locked on] can be effective when an obstacle crosses in front of the subject and when
[Locked on : -]
[Responsive : +]
Choose any of
[Case] and push
button for
Tracking sensitivity,
then adjust level
with5
button.
An example where [Locked
on: -2/-1] is more effective
When another player, or a
referee crosses in front of the
subject and focus can shift to the
foreground/background
Example where the referee momentarily
a p p e a r s i n f r o n t o f t h e p l ay e r b e i n g
tracked, then the player appeares again.
W i t h t h e [ L o c ke d o n: -1] s e t t i n g , t h e
referee in the foreground is not focused
on, and the AF system continuously tracks
the player.
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ject to be ignored, as well as focusing on new subjects
focus jumps to the background,
With the AF Configuration Tool on the EOS-1D
X, not only can you select from Case 1 - Case 6,
but three parameters for each can be adjusted
individually.
[Tracking sensitivity] is the parameter that can
be set to track a subject that the AF point had
been following until a different subject (or
background) got in the way.
The [Locked on: -2/-1] setting excludes subjects
that come into the AF point as obstacles, and
continues to focus on the original subject .
Selecting -2 results in the targeted subject being
tracked for a longer time before focus changes
to subject now in the AF point.
The [Responsive: +1/+2] setting determines that
subjects that come into the AF point are new
subjects to be focused, and quickly focuses. It is
also effective when you want to quickly focus
on subjects that are hidden and appear
suddenly.
An example where
[Responsive: +1/+2] is
effective
When you want to focus on an
athlete who appears suddenly in
the frame.
Example where a skateboarder appeared
suddenly from the far wall. In a situation
like this, setting to [Responsive: +1/+2]
makes it possible to focus even quicker on
the skater that just appeared. (Photo top
left, shown to illustrate scene prior to the
skateboarder appearing,)
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AF Configuration Tool [Parameters]
Accelerate / decelerate Tracking characteristics
Set tracking for subjects that move or stop suddenly
[+1/+2] is effective for fast sports which may include sudden stop-start motion
[0]
[+1]
Choose any of
[Case] and push
button for
Accel. / decel.
Tr a c k i n g , t h e n
adjust level with5
button.
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[Accel./decel. tracking] is a tracking setting for
subjects that experience significant changes in
speed, move or stop suddenly. The default
setting is [0], which is suited for shooting
subjects that move at steady speeds, .
[+1/+2] is suited to shooting subjects that stop/
change direc tion suddenly or accelerate/
decelerate suddenly, enabling it to continue to
focus on the subject. +2 can handle greater
changes in speed than +1, however, it can also
be more prone to be affected by slight
movements of the subject causing temporarily
unstable focus accuracy.
Other parameters are the same, so first try
shooting with default settings, then increase
the setting to [+1] and then [+2] settings when
more effective settings are desired.
Examples where the [0]
setting is effective
Examples where the [+]
setting more effective
Track and field events where
constant speed is common
Sports where athletes movement
sudden stop or start
A track and field example where an
athlete is running directly towards the
camera. [0] is most suitable for taking
shots of subjects in this situation.
E xample of a long-jump landing. As a
result of the athlete suddenly decelerating
as they land, a normal setting may not be
able to capture it, however, it is possible
to continue focusing on the athlete with
[Accelerate / decelerate Tracking] set to
[+1].
Blue color of focus point is for explanation only, and actually there is no blue indication available.
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AF Configuration Tool [Parameters]
AF pt auto switching characteristics
Set how rapidly the AF point switches to a new AF point
[+1/+2] setting is most effective for sports with lots of movement where the subject can
[0]
[+1]
Choose any of
[Case] and push
button for AF
pt auto switching,
then adjust level
with5
button.
Examples where [0] is most effective, Sports with comparatively big
movements, and are not very fast
The [AF pt auto switching] parameter is used
for setting characteristics of AF point switching
when the subject has a lot of movements. This
p a ra m e te r i s o n l y fo r s w i tc h i n g b e t we e n
multiple AF points, so it is unavailable when
using AF area selection modes [Single-point
Spot AF] and [Single-point AF]. The [0] setting is
a standard setting for moderate switching of AF
points. The [+1/+2] settings are used when
shooting subjects with erratic movement which
could happen in any directions. When a
manually selected AF point (AF point being
focused during Zone AF) leaves the subject, it
will rapidly switch to surrounding AF points to
capture the subject. Use the [+] setting when
you want the camera to automatically decide
(switch) to use a new AF point, and the [0]
setting is used when you want to place
emphasis on manually selected AF points to
track the subject.
Examples where [+] is effective, fast moving sports with big movements,
where the AF points can lose the subject easily
Example of a golf
bunker shot. The
[0] setting is
recommended
when shooting
subjects that do
not move signif icantly.
Tip for AF setting
for moving subjects
easily move out of the selected AF point
A rhythmic gymnast
showing lots of
movements in all
directions. Use the
[ +1] s e t t i n g i n
o r d e r to c a p t u r e
the movement by
taking advantage
of rapid shif ting
AF points.
Change the level of “Accelerate / decelerate Tracking” and “AF point auto switching”
to appropriate for shooting result.
“Accelerate / decelerate Tracking” and “AF point auto switching” are absolutely some part of Camera’s automatic
functions. Therefore it is not always possible that these automatic functions reflect 100% of your intended idea. If
you feel uncomfortable with shooting result, try to change the effect level of their functions.
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Blue color of focus point is for explanation only, and actually there is no blue indication available.
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AF area selection modes
Change the AF point selection to match your the shooti
Choose whether only one AF point is used, or select from a vast array of AF selection
AF modes can be
selected to match
the subject and
conditions
Using only one AF point
Press the S button
The AF area selection
modes make it possible
to set how many of
the 61-point AF are
available to be used.
Set the selection
method of AF points
that best matches
the subject and
shooting conditions.
Using multiple AF points (zone)
The mode is changed each time the
button is pressed
How to set the AF area selection mode
After pressing the S button, each time the
button is pressed, the [AF area selection
mode] changes. By setting the menu [AF4] tab's [AF area selection method] to [S -> Main
Dial], after pressing the S button, you can switch the mode with the Main Dial if you prefer.
The EOS-1D X is equipped with 61-point AF.
Not only can all these AF points each be
selected individually, but by also automatic
switching between multiple AF points to track
the subject, using all 61 AF points. The [AF area
selection mode] setting allows the selection of
these AF point modes.
The two types of modes that you can manually
selec t a single AF point to focus with are
[Single-point Spot AF] and [Single-point AF].
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The four modes that can switch automatically
between multiple AF points to capture moving
subjec ts are AF point expansion (M anual
selection, 4 points [Up, down, left, and right]),
AF point expansion (Manual selection,
surrounding 8 points), Zone AF, and Auto
selection of 61 AF points (during AI Servo AF).
Mode features are explained from P. 27 - 35, so
you can select the mode best suited to your
subject's characteristics and shooting scene.
ng style
options
There are six AF area selection modes to choose from
Single-point
Spot AF
Single-point
AF
It is p ossible to
fo cus o n a ver y
narrow areas
with a single
manually selected point.
The default setting. With this mode
it is p ossible to
focus with a
single manually
selected point.
AF point expansion
(four surrounding
points)
AF point expansion
(eight surrounding
points)
Focus using one
m a n u a l l y
selected point
assisted by 4
other AF points
(up, down, lef t,
and right).
Focus using one
manually selected
point assisted by
the surrounding
points.
Zone AF
61-point
automatic
selection AF
The 61 AF points
are divided into
nine zones, and
focus is made
with the AF po ints in the selected zone.
All AF points are
used with this
mode, and the
camera selects
and focuses automatically.
Single-point AF is an easy to use mode for still
life photos etc. in One-shot AF
Single-point AF is a mode where one manually selected AF point is used to
focus. For experienced photographers or when it is easy to track the subject
with a single AF point, AI Ser vo AF can be utilized when continuously
shooting moving subjects, however, this mode is more effective for shooting
still life and landscapes with One-shot AF mode.
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AF area selection mode [Spot AF]
Focusing on a small or narrow area
It is possible to focus on pinpoints such as the eye when a helmet is being worn
Snapshot of a BMX
rider wearing a
h e lm e t . Fo cus w as
p in p o inte d o n th e
e y e u s i n g [S i n g l e point spot AF].
When set to [Single -point spot AF], a small rec tangle is
displayed inside the manually selected AF point.
[Sin gl e - p oint sp ot
AF] is effective when
there is something
like the edge of the
helmet, or visor near
the eye you want to
focus on. With
standard AF systems
this can result in the
AF system focusing
on these edges
rather than eye of
the subject.
[Single-point spot AF] mode can be used to
focus on a small area of the subject. This option
makes it possible to focus on the exact area
even when there is an obstacle near the area
you want to focus on. A common example
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when shooting spor ts is when you want to
focus on the eyes of a rider wearing a helmet
(see photos above). With normal settings, the
AF point can easily get caught on the edge of
the helmet near the eye, resulting in the camera
focus this edge. In situations like this, [Singlepoint Spot AF] makes it possible to focus more
accurately on the rider’s eye. As [Single-point
Spot AF] only focuses on one very small area, it
is not really suited to capturing fast moving
subjects when set to AI Servo AF and may take
longer to focus than other AF area selection
modes.
All focus points are superimposed on image because of explanation purpose only.
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AF area selection mode AF point expansion
For fast moving subjects that are difficult to track with a
This mode is ideal for sports photography
Shooting with AF
point expansion
(up, down, left,
and right)
AF point
expansion
(surrounding
points)
Viewfinder display of
[AF point expansion].
The manually selected
AF point lights up
red.
[AF point expansion] mode can be used for a wide range of sporting events with erratic movement. [AF point
expansion (Up, down, left, and right)] was able to accurately track the dribbling soccer player.
[AF point expansion] is an [AF area selection
mode] that is best selected when shooting
sports. Using this setting shifts the focus point
used from a manually selected AF point, to an
adjacent (up, down, lef t, and right, or
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surrounding) AF point, to aid focus tracking.
When using this setting it is easier to obtain the
desired composition as the subject is captured
centering around the manually selected AF
p o i n t . B a s e d o n t h e s u b j e c t ' s m ove m e n t
single AF point
Hints and tips
[Up, down, left, and right] and [surrounding] can be selected according to the difficulty
of reading the movement, and the relative importance to the central AF point
When shooting subjects which might be difficult to determine movement, select [surrounding] mode,
and when you want to focus on the area the covered by central (manually selected) AF point best to
select the [Up, down, left, and right] mode.
As switching of the AF point takes place centered on the selected AF point with [AF point expansion], this mode
makes it easy to obtain the desired composition. This high jump athlete was captured with [AF point expansion
(surrounding)].
characteristics, (i.e. likelihood of subject moving
from the selected AF point) and the size of the
subject within the frame, select either [AF point
expansion] or [AF area selection mode]. In
addition, when the subject has a lot of
movement, setting Case 5 or Case 6 from the
AF Configuration Tool is also recommended.
All focus points are superimposed on image because of explanation purpose only.
Blue color of focus point is for explanation only, and actually there is no blue indication available.
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AF area selection mode [Zone AF]
Effective for capturing subjects within a known area
For larger subjects or subjects that subjects moving over a larger area
A photo of a moment
of action in fencing
shot with [Zone AF].
In order to focus on
the fencer's facial
area, this shot was
t aken by se le c ting
the upper right zone.
The selected AF points display in [Zone AF].
Selection can be made from nine focusing zones
The 61 AF points are divided into three blocks, left, center, and right, and each
has upper, central, and lower zones, and the desired location can be selected
from these nine zones.
With the [Zone AF] mode, one of the nine
focusing zones can be selected, and the AF
point is automatically selected from within that
zone. Zone AF differs from [AF point expansion]
with it’s manually selected AF point, which AF
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tracking is based around. With Zone AF the
camera decides where to focus on the subject
within the zone, rather than targeting the
subject (area) that you want to follow closely.
This is more suited for situations where pinpoint
fo c u s i n g i s r e q u i r e d ( t h e s u b j e c t h a s n o
obstacles that may block the AF points). This
mode is easy to use when you want to focus on
areas of the subjec t that are a larger size,
making it possible to easily capture the
appropriate area.
All focus points are superimposed on image because of explanation purpose only.
Blue color of focus point is for explanation only, and actually there is no blue indication available.
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AF area selection mode Auto selection of 61 AF points
AI Servo AF with all 61 points used for automatic tracking
Ideal for moving subjects that the old AF systems struggle with
One-Shot AF
AI Servo AF
When using [One-Shot AF], a single AF point is selected automatically from the
61 points. When using [AI Servo AF], AF starts from the manually selected AF
point and then selects the most appropriate from all 61 points.
Capture the subject with an AF point near
the center, and then by moving the camera
to the left, you can compose a photo with
space on the left side of the frame.
Shooting started by pinpointing focus on the
leader of a cycling road race with a manually
sele c ted AF p oint. While tak ing continuous
shots, the camera was moved to the left so the
following cyclists on the left of the leader are
rendered beautifully out of focus in the
background.
Hints and tips
With “AI Servo AF” mode, the shooting starts
from one AF frame that is optionally selected.
So selec t one of any frames covering the
position where object capturing star ts. In
addition, it will be easy to continue tracking
thence ver y convenient, if the same star t
position is selected for Single Point AF and
t h e n A F a r e a i s s w i t c h e d t o 61 P o i n t
Automatic Selection AF.
When using [Auto selection of 61 AF points]
during [AI Servo AF], focusing will start from
the manually selected AF point, the camera will
the automatically change the AF point selecting
from all 61 points as the subject moves. The AF
points are arranged in a wide area so it is useful
for capturing and tracking of subjects, however,
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depending on the shooting conditions or if the
subject is small, tracking may not be possible so
caution is necessary. [Auto selection of 61 AF
points] is effective when shooting subjects with
movements that cannot be captured with [AF
point expansion] or [Zone AF] (figure skating
jump scenes for example).
Another effective use is when you want to take
action images for publication/articles with lots
of space in the composition for text etc. In the
examples above shooting began by capturing
the targeted c yclist first with a manually
selected AF point (in the center etc.). From
there, while continuous shooting and moving
the camera (lens) to the lef t or right, it is
possible to position the lead cyclist off to one
side and include a lot of background (focusing
continues to track the cyclist by automatically
switching AF points).
All focus points are superimposed on image because of explanation purpose only.
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EOS-1D X 61-Point High-Density Reticular AF Cross-type Points
The 61-point AF has numerous cross-type points for gre
Multi-point cross focusing is possible even using lenses with a maximum aperture
Up to 41-point cross-type AF with f/4 lenses, enabling superior tracking performance with most lenses
This diagram shows the
dis tribution of the 61- p oint
cross-t ype AF points in the
EOS-1D X. The five AF points at
the center operate as dual cross
type AF points at f/2.8, 41 crosstype AF points are available for
f/2.8-f/4 lenses and the centre
21 AF points serve as cross type
with f/5.6. This makes it possible
to focus with high precision
and high tracking performance
with the many AF points.
f/2.8 and f/5.6 cross-type AF
(dual-cross AF)
f/5.6 cross-type AF
f/4 (vertical-line focusing) + f/5.6
(horizontal-line focusing) cross-type AF
at tracking performance
f-number of f/4
61-point AF (1) The number and placement of cross-type points used by the f/2.8 lenses
EF400mm F2.8L IS II USM
41-point cross-type AF points and 5 Dual Cross -f/2.8 AF points can be used with many lenses
Group A
41-point cross-type AF, with five f/2.8
dual-cross AF points at the center
*The colored AF points are for illustrative purpose only. This does not represent the
actual viewfinder display.
AF focusing is possible with 61 points. All
AF area selection modes can be chosen.
Newly developed 61-point AF sensor
Major lenses
By increasing number of AF points greater
freedom of composition is possible. The large
number of cross-t ype AF point s improves
tracking performance. And as a result of twoline AF sensors in a zigzag pattern, tracking
per formance is improved for low contrast
subjects as well.
f/2.8
cross-type AF
f/4.0
vertical-line
focusing AF
f/5.6
vertical-line
focusing AF
f/5.6
horizontal-line
focusing AF
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used. There are a total of 41 cross-type points
including the f/5.6 cross-type points. Lenses
with a maximum aperture of f/2.8 in Group B,
will only have a single f/2.8 dual-cross AF point
in the center.
Most large-aperture lenses with a maximum
aperture of f/2.8, (or lower f-number values) are
in Group A. With this group, the five f/2.8 dualcross AF points, and the left and right f/4 and
f/5.6 cross-type AF points (20 points) can be
f/5.6 (horizontal-line focusing) AF
Th e A F s ys te m o f t h e E O S - 1 D X h a s m a ny
attractive features such as the high level of
composition freedom with 61 different AF
points, AF area selection modes that utilize the
m e r i t s o f t h e m u l t i - p o i nt A F s ys te m , a n d
implementation of the AF Configuration Tool
which takes advantage of the improved AI
Ser vo AF. I n addition to these, is the high
precision and improved tracking performance
EF85mm F1.2L II USM
F2.8対応・クロス測距
F4.0対応・縦線検出測距
F5.6対応・縦線検出測距
each
AF point to capture
F5.6対応・横線検出測距
of
the subject. With
the EOS-1D X AFfocusing system, most f/2.8 f/4 lenses can utilize the high-performance
4 1 - p o i n t c ro s s - t y p e A F p o i n t s. A s Ca n o n
produce a large number of high performance
f/2.8 and f/4 AF points, this makes it possible
for larger aperture lenses to achieve an even
higher level of focusing precision with these AF
points than ever before.
EF24mm f/1.4L USM
EF50mm f/1.0L USM
EF85mm f/1.2L USM
EF24mm f/1.4L II USM
EF50mm f/1.2L USM
EF85mm f/1.2L II USM
EF135mm f/2L USM + Ext EF1.4x
EF200mm f/1.8L USM + Ext EF1.4x
EF200mm f/2.8L USM
EF400mm f/2.8L USM
EF200mm f/2.8L II USM
EF400mm f/2.8L II USM
TS-E90mm f/2.8*
EF28-70mm f/2.8L USM
EF16-35mm f/2.8L USM
EF24-70mm f/2.8L II USM
EF28mm f/1.8 USM
EF50mm f/1.4 USM
EF85mm f/1.8 USM
EF35mm f/1.4L USM
EF50mm f/1.8
EF100mm f/2 USM
EF35mm f/2
EF50mm f/1.8 II
EF135mm f/2L USM
EF135mm f/2.8 (with soft focus)
EF200mm f/1.8L USM
EF200mm f/2L IS USM
EF200mm f/2L IS USM + Ext EF1.4x
EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
EF300mm f/2.8L USM
EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM
EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM
EF16-35mm f/2.8L II USM
EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM
EF17-35mm f/2.8L USM
TS-E45mm f/2.8*
EF20-35mm f/2.8L
EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM
EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM
Group B
41-point cross-type AF, with one f/2.8 dual-cross
AF point at the center
Group D
31-point cross-type AF, with one f/2.8 dual-cross
AF point at the center
Major lenses
Lens
EF14mm f/2.8L II USM
EF28mm f/2.8
EF20mm f/2.8 USM
EF24mm f/2.8
EF24mm f/2.8 IS USM
EF28mm f/2.8 IS USM
EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM
AF focusing is possible with 61 points. All AF area selection modes
are available.
AF focusing is possible with 61 points. All AF area selection modes
are available.
* Focus confirmation light works during manual focus (without any tilt or shift movements).
“Ext EF1.4x” is an abbreviation of various EF 1.4x Extenders.
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EOS-1D X 61-Point High-Density Reticular AF Cross-type Points
61-point AF (2) The number and placement of cross-type points used by the f/4 lenses
EF70-200mm f/4L IS USM
EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM
EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
41-point cross-type AF points can be used
In Group C, 41-point cross-type AF points can
be used with lenses having an f/4 maximum
aperture (or f/2.8 maximum aperture lenses
using the EF 1.4x Extenders). Of these, the 20
points on the left and right are f/4 and f/5.6
61-point AF (3) The number and placement of cross-type points used by the f/5.6 lenses
cross-type AF providing even higher precision
focus in these areas than with previous cameras.
Some macro lenses with a maximum aperture
of f/2.8 are also included.
Group C
41-point cross-type AF points available,
and they can be used with a high level
of tracking performance
AF focusing is possible with all 61 points.
All AF area selection modes are available.
Major lenses
EF70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
Majority of lenses can make use of the central 21-point cross-type AF
With the exception of a small group of lenses
(groups F and G), almost all lenses that have a
maximum aper ture of f/4 or greater are
included in Group E, and can use the 21-point
cross-type AF (f/5.6 cross-type) in the central
area. Many f/2.8 maximum aper ture large
aperture telephoto lenses when used with the
various EF 2x Extenders will fit into this group.
f/5.6 cross-type AF
Group E
The central 21-point cross-type
AF can be used
f/4 (vertical-line focusing) + f/5.6
(horizontal-line focusing) cross-type AF
AF focusing is possible with 61 points. All
AF area selection modes are available.
f/2.8 and f/5.6 cross-type AF
(dual-cross AF)
f/5.6 (horizontal-line focusing) AF
Major lenses
EF50mm f/2.5 Compact Macro
EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
EF300mm f/4L IS USM
EF 50mm f/2.5 compact macro + life size converter EF
EF100mm f/2.8 Macro USM
EF200mm f/2.8L USM + Ext EF1.4x
EF200mm f/2.8L II USM + Ext EF1.4x
EF300mm f/2.8L USM + Ext EF1.4x
EF400mm f/5.6L USM
EF500mm f/4.5L USM
EF300mm f/4L USM + Ext EF1.4x
EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM + Ext EF1.4x
EF400mm f/2.8L II USM + Ext EF1.4x
EF135mm f/2L USM + Ext EF2x
EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM + Ext EF1.4x
EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM + Ext EF1.4x
EF200mm f/1.8L USM + Ext EF2x
EF400mm f/2.8L USM + Ext EF1.4x
EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM + Ext EF1.4x
EF200mm f/2L IS USM + Ext EF2x
EF300mm f/4L IS USM + Ext EF1.4x
EF600mm f/4L USM + Ext EF1.4x
EF200mm f/2.8L II USM + Ext EF2x
EF400mm f/4 DO IS USM + Ext EF1.4x
EF600mm f/4L IS USM + Ext EF1.4x
EF300mm f/2.8L USM + Ext EF2x
EF500mm f/4L IS USM + Ext EF1.4x
EF200mm f/2.8L USM + Ext EF2x
EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM + Ext EF2x
EF8-15mm f/4L Fish eye USM
EF70-200mm f/4L USM
EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM + Ext EF1.4x
EF17-40mm f/4L USM
EF70-200mm f/4L IS USM
EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM + Ext EF1.4x
EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM
EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM + Ext EF1.4x
EF500mm f/4L IS USM
EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM + Ext EF2x
EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM + Ext EF2x
EF600mm f/4L IS II USM + Ext EF1.4x
EF400mm f/2.8L USM + Ext EF2x
EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM + Ext EF2x
EF70-200mm f/2.8L USM + Ext EF2x
EF400mm f/2.8L II USM + Ext EF2x
EF500mm f/4L IS II USM + Ext EF1.4x
EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM + Ext EF2x
EF500mm f/4L IS II USM
EF600mm f/4L IS USM
EF600mm f/4L IS II USM
EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM + Ext EF2x
EF70-200mm f/4L USM + Ext EF1.4x
EF70-200mm f/4L IS USM + Ext EF1.4x
EF28-300mm f/3.5-5.6L IS USM
EF70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 DO IS USM
EF70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM
EF70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM
Many f/2.8 maximum aperture lenses using a 1.4x extender can utilize 41-point AF
On the EOS-1D X equipped with a full size sensor, an extender is of ten used for sports
photography etc. where longer focal lengths are required. When many large aperture
telephoto lenses (200 - 400 mm f/2.8 class) are used with the Extender EF 1.4x attached, the
maximum aperture will become f/4 and these combinations therefore are included in Group C.
High performance AF can be utilized with the 41-point cross-point AF Therefore, offering new
possibilities to use an extender.
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Group F
21-points cross-type available, total of 47 AF
points available to select
Major lenses
EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM
EF35-350mm f/3.5-5.6L
USM
AF focusing is possible with 47 points (61-point AF is not possible).
All AF area selection modes can are available.
Group G
15-points cross-type available, total of 33 AF
points available to select
Lenses
EF180mm f/3.5L Macro
USM
EF180mm f/3.5L Macro
USM + Ext EF1.4x
EF1200mm f/5.6L USM
AF focusing is possible with 33 points (61-point AF is not possible).
All AF area selection modes can are available.
"Ext EF1.4x" an abbreviation of various EF1.4x Extenders
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AF shutter-release parameter settings
[AF2 tab/AF3 tab]
AF operation and Image/Focusing Priority settings
You can set whether focusing or shutter-release has priority
Image/Focusing parameters during AI Servo
[Set in the AF 2 tab]
Image/Focusing parameter for One-Shot AF
[Set in the AF3 tab]
You can decide whether to put priority on focusing or
shutter-release
You can decide whether to put priority on focusing or
shutter-release
1 1st image parameter [AI Servo 1st image priority]
[One-Shot AF release priority]
Equal priority
Focus priority
This setting gives an equal priority to both focus
and shutter-release
You cannot shoot a picture unless it is in focus. It is
ef fective when you want to shoot only af ter
focusing on the subject.
Release priority
Release priority
This setting gives priority to shutter-release and will
capture an image even if it is out of focus. It is
ef fec tive when you want to minimize any delay
when shooting, sacrificing AF performance
Priority is on the shooting timing rather than focus.
It is re commende d only when you want to put
priorit y on capturing brief photo oppor tunities
rather than focus.
Focus priority
This setting gives priority to focusing on a subject
and it cannot capture an image unless it is in focus.
It is recommended when you want to ensure your
images are in focus sacrificing response speed.
2 Parameters during continuous shooting [AI Servo 2nd image priority]
Equal priority
This setting gives an equal priority to both focus and
shooting speed during continuous shooting. The
speed of continuous shooting may also slow down
when it is dark, or low contrast.
Shooting speed priority
This setting gives priority to a continuous shooting
speed rather than priority on focus. Continuous
shooting speed will not drop. Effective when you
want to shoot with a fixed interval between photos.
Focus priority
This setting gives priority to focusing rather than
continuous shooting speed. It cannot shoot a picture
unless it is in focus, greatly reducing continuous
shooting speed. It is recommended when you want
to shoot only after focusing on the subject.
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The [AF2] and [AF3] tabs include settings related
to AF operation parameters and shutter-release
timing. With these items it is possible to set
which has priority (or a balance) between
focusing with AF, and the shutter-release.
The [AF2] tab contains the [AI Servo 1st image
priority] and [AI Ser vo 2nd image priority]
parameters for AI Ser vo AF. The priority on
focus and shutter-release can be set for both
the 1st image and subsequent images during
continuous shooting. With [Focus priority],
shooting is delayed until after the camera has
focus on a subject (this could be just a few
milliseconds). With [Release priority/Shooting
speed priority] shooting takes place instantly
without waiting to focus, resulting in possible
out of focus images. The default [Balance
priority] sets equal priority on both (attempting
to focus without major delays to shutter release
timings), ideal for most shooting situations.
When using One Shot AF the shooting priority
can also be altered via the [One-Shot AF release
priority] option in the [AF3] tab. The priority of
focusing and shutter-release can be altered in
the same way as about during AI ser vo AF.
However there is no [Balance priority], and
instead [Focus priority] is the default setting.
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Utilizing the AF point setting and registration
Automatically switching of AF points for horizontal and
Presetting the AF points, makes it easier to capture the desired composition for horizo
vertical shooting
ntal and vertical shooting
Use [Orientation
linked AF point] in
the [AF4] tab to set
the AF points for
each orientation
Set up steps
1
Select the [Select separate AF points]
option from [Orientation linked AF point]
2
Change the camera position and select
the desired AF point or AF mode
A
Horizontal
position
B
Vertical
position
with grip at
the top
C
Vertical
position
with grip at
the bottom
3
By changing the camera's orientation, the set AF points and modes will switch automatically
First, selec t [Selec t separate AF
points] from [Orientation linked AF
p o int]. N e x t , s e l e c t th e AF area
selection mode and the manually
selected AF point for each of the
p ositions (orientation) of A)
H o r i zo nt al p osi ti o n , B) Ve r ti c al
position with grip at the top, and if
required C) Vertical position with
grip at the bot tom. The set tings
will automatically be remembered.
Now, for each of these orientations
the camera will automatically switch
to the select mode and AF points.
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Note:
Be careful you do not forget that this setting
has been set
When shooting with dif ferent orientations the
camera will change between the AF area selection
mode, and manually selected AF point settings, and
the last setting will be remembered. Therefore, you
should check the mode and AF point position
before beginning a n
D u r i n g s p o r t i n g e ve nt s, o r co n ce r t s, i t i s
common shoot while changing camera the
orientation between horizontal and vertical
positions. The EOS-1D X has 61 AF points to
manually choose from which is a lot. This means
it has a high degree of composition freedom,
however, if you select the top left AF point in
the horizontal position for example, if you
change the orientation so the grip is at the top
in the vertical position, the AF point will end up
at the bottom left. If you want to capture the
athlete’s entire body and focus on their face
when shooting, you will have to quickly select
another AF point. In situations like this, AF point
settings for each orientation is extremely useful.
This shot was taken with the orientation
option set so that when in the horizontal
position the central AF point was set, but
when the grip is at the top in a ver tical
p osition, th e AF p oint is at th e b ot tom
center. In rhy thmic gymnastics the head
may be close to the f loor during the
per formance, so the AF point was set
beforehand with this in mind.
By selecting [Select separate AF points] from
[Orientation linked AF point], individual settings
for each of the AF area selection modes and the
manually selected AF points can be memorized.
In the previous case for example, if you set the
center upper edge AF point beforehand when
in the vertical position with the grip at the top,
when switching from the horizontal to vertical
position, it is possible to have the AF point line
up with the position of the face instantly. By
envisioning the composition you want to
capture and setting the appropriate AF point or
AF mode beforehand, will result in you being
a b l e t o c a r r y o n s h o o t i n g a s yo u c h a n g e
orientations.
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Utilizing the AF point setting and registration
Instantly recalled AF points using [Switch to registered AF point]
Store your preferred AF point for instant access at the touch of a button
Use [Custom Controls]
from [C.Fn5: operation]
Using the [Custom Controls] option
f ro m th e cus to m f un c tio n [C . Fn5:
operation] menu allows an AF point
to be registered and recalled instantly.
T his f un c ti o n c an als o b e us e d to
assign various functions to the
different camera controls.
Set up steps
1
There are two options to
customize the controls to
register and AF point
A Assign [Metering - AF start] to
the
button, or the button
then press info and select
[Registered AF point)
2
Manually select AF points
you will want to recall.
(This is possible with all AF
area selection modes
except Zone AF)
3
Press the button while
pressing the
button
until you hear a beep.
Shooting the side to side
m o v e m e n t of tennis s trokes.
After photographing the player
positioned to the right side with
a manually selected AF point at
the upper right, it was switched
to the AF point registered at the
upper left with a single push of
a but ton, then the player was
photographed returning a
backhand shot positioned to the
right side.
B Assign [Switch to registered AF
, or
point] to the button,
button. Press info to select if
the option is applied only when
the button is held or not
4
After selecting another AF
point or AF area mode, press
the assigned button
(selected in stage 1) to switch
to the registered AF point.
AF point registration and usage is described above. Also, for more
advanced usage this setting can be combined with [Orientation linked
AF point] setting (described on pages 42-43). Selecting the option
[Select separate AF points], from the [Orientation linked AF point]
option makes it is possible to register and recall AF points separately
for all three positions, vertical (grip top/bottom), and horizontal as
well as the remembered AF point for orientation.
button, or the button are assigned the function
When the
[Metering - AF star t], instant switching of registered AF points
becomes possible. Press the
button in the [Customize Controls]
assignment screen, and then select [Registered AF point]. Now when
the button is held the AF will use the registered AF pointed.
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Another function that is effective for quickly
switching AF points while shooting is AF point
registration and recall feature possible using
[Custom Controls]. There are several methods
to achieve this; one is to assign registered AF
p o i nt s to a b u t to n v i a [Cu s to m Co nt ro l s ]
function. The second method is AF point or [AF
area selection mode] registration. By carrying
out either of the two options, you can press a
buttons and instantly switch between registered
AF points.
By registering frequently used AF points, or a
strategically placed AF point, enables instant
response without the need to reframe or alter
the cameras position. Further refinement in
operation is possible, with the <Depth-of-field
preview>, and the <Lens AF stop> buttons
when set to ([Switch to registered AF point]
setting). These buttons provide the possibility to
[ Sw i tc h o n l y w h i l e p re s s e d ] o r [ M a i nt a i n
switching until pressed again] settings, making
detailed customization possible. Using these
settings enables the camera suit the way you
shoot.
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Utilizing the Switching AF area selection modes
Instantly switching AF area selection modes with a single button
Assigning the AF modes you want to switch is convenient using [Custom Controls]
Assigning functions
Buttons that can be assigned to switching
AF area selection modes
'Register/apply shooting functions' assigns.
AF-ON button
T here are the four but tons that can b e assign to s witch AF
functions. The
button and button can be assigned with
[Custom Controls] to [Register/apply shooting functions], and the
b u t to n a n d b u t to n c a n b e assi g n e d w i t h [Sw i tch to
registered AF functions].
AE lock button
'Switch to registered AF functions' assigns.
lens AF stop
button
depth-of-field
preview button
Multi function2button
Set up steps
[Register/apply shooting functions]
By pressing the
assigned button
On shooting with optional 'AF area
selection mode'
[Switch to registered AF functions]
Assign to the
button, or the
button to [Register/
apply shooting
functions]
Assign to the
depth of field
preview button
or
Press the
button
Press the
now
Select the [AF area
selection mode]
Select the [AF area
selection mode]
Switchable into set 'AF area selection
mode'
By assigning an [AF area selection mode] to a specific button in the [Custom Control] screen, you can continue shooting and switch
AF areas instantly with the press of single button without having to move your eye from the viewfinder.
button
Examples of instantly switching AF area selection modes
From [Single-point AF] to [Spot AF]
Shooting the pit stop in motor sports
for example. After shooting wide shots
at the wide angle end of a zoom lens
with [Single-point AF], quickly zoom
in, and when targeting the driver's eye
avoiding the helmet using [Spot AF].
From [Single-point AF] to [AF point expansion]
An example is soccer etc. where the
player appears quite small in the
viewfinder, then comes closer to fill
the screen. In this case, by switching to
[AF point expansion], it is possible to
steadily track low contrast portions of
the uniform even as it gets larger.
From [AF point expansion] to [61-point automatic selection AF]
Sw i t c h i n g t o [61- p o i n t a u t o m a t i c
selection AF] is effective with figure
skating where the skater comes from
far away to fill up the screen as they
a p p r o a c h . Yo u c a n l e ave A F p o i n t
selection up to the camera, and
concentrate on framing as you shoot.
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Assign [Register/apply shooting functions] to the
button or the button with the custom function’s
[Custom Controls]. Press the
button on the assign
function’s selection screen, (various functions can be
set) and select the [AF area selection mode] that you
want to use.
Assign [Switch to registered AF functions] to the
button or button with [Custom Controls]. Press the
button on the assign function’s selection screen,
and from various AF functions, select the [AF area
selection mode], and select the mode that you want
to use.
AF area selection modes such as [Single-point
AF] and [AF point expansion] are effective for
switching according to the size and type of
subjects. While looking through the viewfinder
it can be difficult to change the mode while
tracking the subject. However, by assigning the
AF area selection modes you want to use, to
specific buttons, you can switch instantly while
continuing shooting. There four buttons that
can be assigned. Think about the characteristics
of the sports and subjects you want to shoot
beforehand, and assign the AF area selection
modes you think you will use. By assigning
different modes to each of the four buttons,
you can control up to four modes at will. In
addition, aside from the AF area selection
modes, various functions can be registered and
applied, so by making settings as needed, you
have the flexibility to handle conditions as they
change.
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