Chapter 11. Ten Special-Purpose Features to Explore on a Rainy Day

In This Chapter

  • Customizing the function of the Set button

  • Changing the focus and exposure locking controls

  • Disabling the autofocus-assist beam

  • Using mirror lockup for shake-free shooting

  • Recording Dust Delete Data

  • Wallpapering your computer monitor with a favorite image

  • Creating custom menus

Consider this chapter the literary equivalent of the end of one of those late-night infomercial offers — the part where the host exclaims, "But wait! There's more!"

The ten features covered in these pages fit the category of "interesting bonus." They aren't the sort of features that drive people to choose one camera over another, and they may come in handy only for certain users, on certain occasions. Still, they're included at no extra charge with your Canon purchase, so check 'em out when you have a few spare moments. Who knows; you may discover that one of these bonus features is actually a hidden gem that provides just the solution you need for one of your photography problems.

Ten Special-Purpose Features to Explore on a Rainy Day


Many of the features I discuss here involve Custom Functions, a group of 13 advanced options that you access via Setup Menu 3. If you're not familiar with how to navigate the Custom Functions, the next section spells things out.

Changing the Function of the Set Button

Normally, the Set button serves two functions: When a menu is displayed, you press the button ...

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