Chapter 5. Customizing the 7D

One of the best ways to increase your shooting efficiency and enjoyment with the EOS 7D is to customize it for your everyday shooting as well as for specific shooting situations. The 7D offers three major categories of customization:

  • Custom Functions. These enable you to change camera controls and behavior as well as to set up the camera for both general and venue-specific shooting situations.

  • C modes or Camera User Settings. These enable you to set up virtually everything on the camera and then save all the settings as C1 or C2 shooting mode.

  • My Menu. This is a menu tab where you can place your six most frequently used menu items for quick access.

I can tell you from personal experience that all three features will save you time and offer shooting advantages that are well worth the time it takes to make the adjustments.

Customizing the 7D

Exploring Custom Functions

The major advantage of Custom Functions is that they enable you to customize camera controls and operation to suit your shooting style. As a result, they save you time and make shooting more enjoyable. For example, you can change the pattern for selecting AF points manually using Custom Function III-7 to suit your preferences.

Before you begin, you should know that Custom Functions can be set only in P, Tv, Av, M, and B shooting modes. Also, after you set a Custom Function option, it remains in effect until you change ...

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