Chapter 1: Roadmap to the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

If you’ve used the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, you know that it delivers high-resolution images and snappy performance. Equally important, the camera offers a full complement of creative controls. And by now, you also know that the Mark III fits comfortably in the hand with good heft to provide stability during shooting. Controls on the back of the camera are streamlined, clearly labeled, and within easy reach during shooting. The exterior belies the power under the hood with Canon’s latest autofocus and metering systems and the very fast DIGIC 5 image processor. On the 5D Mark III, everything seems new, including the revamped camera menus. This chapter provides a roadmap to using the camera controls and the camera menus.


Like the street sign in this image, this chapter is designed to help you find your way around the 5D Mark III easily and quickly. Exposure: ISO 200, f/8, 1/640 second.

Camera Controls Overview

There are several main controls that can be used together or separately to control many functions on the 5D Mark III. Once you learn these controls, you can make camera adjustments more efficiently. Here is a summary of the controls:

Main dial (maindial.eps) and Quick Control dial (). Use these controls to make changes to the four dual-function ...

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