Canon 5DMKII - ISO 50
May 16, 2012
So today I feel incredibly stupid.
Whilst looking at some stunning long exposure black and white shots in a UK photography competition I see something that catches my eye. In the info for one particular shot it shows the photog has a Canon 5D MKII ( which I have had for a year or so now ) and has taken a shot at ISO 50. First thought was this must be a mistake, I have never heard of this capability, after a quick Google search I see it's a function/ability I have over looked.
In the off chance that I'm not the only 5DMKII owner that does not know about this feature I thought I would write this brief article.
Why would you need ISO 50? Well recently I bought a range of ND filters to help reduce light intake thus enabling longer exposures in daylight to generate motion blur like here :
So how do you find this elusive ISO 50? Well first you have to go into your camera's menu and choose the 8th icon from left to right as they appear on your camera's screen, it's an orange box with a camera icon in it. It then lists 5 functions, you need function 1 displayed as C.Fn I :Exposure, hit your set button in the middle of your wheel dial and you see this is for ISO expansion, select on so it goes blue, press set to allow you to make a change and hit set again once selected, press menu twice now to get out of menus and back to your normal screen.
Now when in manual check out your ISO capabilities, you will see a new setting now between ISO AUTO and ISO 100, you know have ISO L which I believe is the ISO 50. I have not used it yet or looked it up on t he net.
Please share any knowledge you have on this function here if you have time :-)
You learn something new every day, well I do at least. Happy snapping :-)
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