Lotus seed pod w/katydid (in larval stage ?) Joe Overstreet Landing, Lake Kissimmee, FL.
Image copyright 2004 Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART
Canon EOS 1D Mark II digital camera with 600mm f/4L IS lens with 2XII TC.
ISO 250. Evaluative Metering +1/3 stop: 1/500 sec. at f/8. in Av Mode.
I just love, love, love still clear mornings. More folks should think of using long effective focal lengths for their "macro" work because of the extremely narrow angles of view that they provide. These help to eliminate background clutter. Extension tubes may be added as needed. Here again, I added 1/3 stop to the exposure to compensate for the soft early morning light. I lowered the rig to get the perspective that I wanted by releasing the forward-facing leg tab and pulling that leg forward until the tab hit the next stop...
MONGEESE M-262s IN STOCK
MY MARK II CUSTOM FUNCTIONS
We have had many requests in recent weeks as to how I set up my Mark IIs, so here goes: (Note: items not noted are left at the default settings.)
First Menu Panel: Parameters: Standard; Color Matrix: Adobe RGB; Review: On; Review Time: 4 seconds; Noise Reduction: Off; ISO Expansion: On;
Second Menu Panel: Highlight Alert: On (If you do not know how to use the Highlight Alert feature, you need to order our Digital Basics File right now... See the home page for details.) ; Display AF Points: On; Histogram Display: Bright.
Third Menu Panel: Auto Power Off: 30 minutes; Auto Rotate: On
Fourth Menu Panel: LCD Brightness: High; Date/Time: be sure to set this accurately.
Fifth Menu Panel/Custom Functions:
CF-2-1 (shutter release not possible without CF card, i.e.: idiot-proofing.) Quiz: if you do not set CF-2-1, then you must be an __________. (Fill in the blank!)
CF-4. I usually set and leave CF-4-0 for most of my photography, but when photographing some static subjects, I set CF-4-3 which transfers AF operation from the shutter button to the star button on the upper right of the camera back. When doing so I make sure that I am in AI Servo AF so that if I need AF to follow action, I can simply hold my thumb down on the star button. Pressing and releasing the star button sets the focus and acts pretty much like One-Shot AF but for the fact that you do not need to keep the shutter button half-way down to maintain focus.
CF-6-0. I always leave CF-6 at the default setting which allows for exposure compensation in 1/3 stop increments.
CF-8-1. This lets me see the ISO that I have set on the top LCD panel and the approximate number of images that will fit onto the card on the back LCD panel.
CF-9-1. This sets the auto-exposure bracketing sequence at 0, -, and + and prevents cancellation of the AEB sequence when a lens or flash card is changed or when the camera is turned on or off.
CF-10-3 This sets maximum brightness for the active AF point, points, or array.
CF-12. CF-12-1 enables the mirror lock-up feature. I set this only when doing macro photography with slow shutter speeds--see the apple snail image above. Mirror lock is best combined with either the use of a cable release or the one of the self timer settings. The former is the best choice in situations where you are waiting for the wind to subside as it lets you release the shutter at the precise instant that you want. Try to remember to reset CF-12 to 0 when you are done with your macro photography. If you do not, you will find yourself pressing the shutter button in an effort to capture a great action shot and wondering why the viewfinder is blacked out but nothing else is happening... (If you have set the self timer, the shutter will release after either 2 or 10 seconds...)
CF-13. CF 13-0 leaves all 45 focusing points available. CF-13-1 and CF-13-2 reduce the number of available AF points from 45 to 11, CF-13-3 reduces the number from 45 to 11. CF-13-0 and CF-13-2 link spot metering to the central AF sensor, while CF-13-1 and CF-13-3 tie spot metering to the active AF point. I always leave CF-13 at the default: CF 13-0 because I like to have all 45 focusing points available when I am manually selecting my active AF senor. (Note: I am almost always working in AI Servo AF when manually selecting an AF point.) Also, when I do spot meter (which I do very, very rarely, I like to use the central sensor as my spot meter.
CF-14-1. Setting CF-14-1 (Average) does two things. First, it turns off Automatic flash reduction. As I almost always use the automatic flash reduction feature with previous camera bodies, I now need to set lower fill flash levels, -1 2/3 for example, rather than -2/3. Second, CF-14-1 averages the flash exposure over the Area AF Ellipse. The background does not affect the flash exposure and this yields more consistent flash exposures.
CF-15-1. This sets 2nd curtain synch. When photographing moving subjects at slow shutter speeds, the blur will be seen behind the subject when using this option.
CF-16-1. This enables Safety Shift when working in Av or Tv modes. If you have selected an aperture or shutter speed that is either too small or too large, this feature will correct your error automatically. It is a shame that this feature is disabled when the flash is turned on.
CF-17-1 This expands AF point activation by one point all around the manually selected focusing point (up to a maximum of 7). In most cases this improves AF function.
CF-18-1 This allows you to switch instantly to a pre-registered focusing point by tapping the button to the left of the star button. I set the central sensor as my pre-registered point and use this feature many times each day. To pre-register the focus point of your choice, first select that point and then press and hold the button to the left of the star button and the FEL button simultaneously.
CF-20-0. I leave this one at the default setting. I have experimented with both the faster and slower settings and have not noted any appreciable differences...
CF-21-0. In theory, this should allow the shutter to be released only when the subject is in sharp focus... I could testify under oath that this is not always the case.
If I have not listed a Custom Function it either means that it does not exist (CF-3, for example), or that I never use it and simply leave it at the default setting. To learn more about the latter options, consult the Instruction Manual for your Mark II.
For a more detailed explanation of all Custom Functions, see E.J Peiker's excellent article on NatureScapes.net by clicking here: http://www.naturescapes.net/072004/ej0704.htm I agree with most but not all of E.J.'s suggested settings.