personal function for Canon Pro bodies

Discussion in 'Canon' started by Don, Apr 7, 2007.

  1. Don

    Don Guest

    Folks some interesting advice by Arthur Morris regarding the setting for
    auto focus (pfn 14) if you are like me and trying to get that super sharp
    shot using 400 + lens.

    Can be found on his http://www.birdsasart.com/ bulletin 227

    regards
     
    Don, Apr 7, 2007
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    Fred Guest

    Fred, Apr 7, 2007
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    Joan Guest

    Fred, do you know much about Arthur Morris?

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    : Don wrote:
    : > Folks some interesting advice by Arthur Morris regarding the
    setting for
    : > auto focus (pfn 14) if you are like me and trying to get that
    super sharp
    : > shot using 400 + lens.
    : >
    : > Can be found on his
     
    Joan, Apr 7, 2007
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  4. Don

    grumpy Guest

    He played cricket for Australia. :)
     
    grumpy, Apr 7, 2007
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  5. Don

    Fred Guest

    I went to school with an Arthur Morris
    ;-)
     
    Fred, Apr 7, 2007
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  6. ....

    Just coz I'm bored, I went over to try to find Bulletin 227, and it
    isn't obvious to me where it is... I also tried a basic search or two
    - nothing relevant. But I started to see lots of ads for seminars -
    so maybe Fred is right. How about a direct flamin' link, OP???
    Alternatively, post the info with attribution instead of wasting our
    time.

    Joan - did *you* find the information?
     
    mark.thomas.7, Apr 7, 2007
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  7. Don

    Joan Guest

    Well I didn't even look for it at the time. I glanced at the web site
    and figured that it's for real and very serious. Arthur Morris is
    probably an expert bird photographer, however, his skill in web design
    is rather non-est. On the main page there is a link to "Bulletin
    Archives" and the archives themselves have structured URLs.

    http://www.birdsasart.com/bn225.htm is bulletin 225
    http://www.birdsasart.com/bn226.htm is bulletin 226

    226 is the most recent, dated 22nd March 2007.

    I googled a bit and found a link to Nikonians where there appears to
    be an April fools joke, with reference to bulletin 227, stating that
    Morris is switching to Nikon.

    And not surprisingly, http://www.birdsasart.com/bn227.htm does not
    exist.


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    :
    : Joan - did *you* find the information?
    :
     
    Joan, Apr 7, 2007
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  8. Don

    Don Guest

    For those that couldn't find the bulletin and were happy to make gratuitous
    comments the following is a direct paste.

    CANON PRO BODY AUTOFOCUS TIP



    When I had a chance to use the two EOS-1D Mark III camera bodies a while
    back, I came across a Custom Function that allows the user to turn Autofocus
    search off. The text in the CF box caught my eye. It went something like t
    his: Setting this CF may be useful for those using super-telephoto lenses.
    So, I tried it and was amazed to see that it dramatically raised my
    percentage of "razor-sharp-on-the-eye" images. A while back, Robert O'Toole
    suggested that I load the Personal Functions on my 1DN and my 1Ds bodies.
    He was able to load and activate the Personal Functions on my 1Ds, but
    despite repeated efforts was unable to do the same with my 1DN. We
    contacted Canon's top technical expert Chuck Westfall and he was able to
    help. (Do note that on all current Canon Professional digital camera bodies
    the Personal Functions need to be loaded and activated by connecting the
    camera to a computer. The professional digital cameras come with a 6-pin to
    4-pin Fire wire cable, but if you are using a laptop to load the PFn, you
    will need to purchase a 4-pin to 4-pin Fire wire cable. Note additionally
    that the Canon software will not communicate via any USB or mini-USB ports.)
    The e-mail that we received from Chuck appears below.



    You may need to turn all of the Personal Functions to "on" in order to
    activate them. If this is the case, then you need to go to the Personal
    Functions on the camera menu and turn most of them off.



    Why go through all of this bother? Because turning Personal Function 14
    "On" will help you make sharper and more consistently sharp flight images
    across the board with any telephoto or super-telephoto lens. Personal
    Function 14 on the 1DN and the 1Ds reads as follows: Lens Focus Search
    Turned Off. In the black text box it continues: When autofocus can't be
    achieved, the lens is normally driven to search for the correct focus.
    P.Fn -14 cancels searching under this condition.



    Without P. Fn-14 turned on, the lens will hunt, the AF will rack in and out.
    As I have done for years, you will make images that are just a hair out of
    focus as the lens is struggling to acquire or re-acquire focus. With big
    lenses, and especially with long effective focal lengths, i.e., when you are
    using teleconverters on super-telephoto lenses, this task is pretty much
    impossible. With P. Fn-14 turned on, the lens will not search if and when
    it loses focus. If you lose focus, lift your finger slightly off of the
    shutter button and press it again; focus re-acquisition will be seemingly
    instantaneous. I have taken to keeping P. Fn-14 turned "On" most of the
    time. At times, especially when using TCs, the lens may not "see" the
    subject at all and may refuse to search. Simply reach up and pre-focus
    manually. There is no need to focus with perfect accuracy; as long as the
    AF system can "see" the subject, it will acquire focus easily when you press
    the shutter button. When photographing off of a BLUBB from your car, it is
    easier to simply turn P. Fn-14 to off as focusing manually when using a big
    lens on any bean bag is a pain at best.



    The first day that I had P. Fn-14 turned on with my EOS-1D Mark IIN I was
    astounded with the results. Even when using the 600 IS with the 2X, I was
    able to make about 85% of the images sharp on the eye. It may be a real
    pain to get the Personal Functions activated, but it is well worth the
    effort.



    Hi Arthur,


    I suggested that Robert update the Canon software on his Windows PC to
    resolve this issue. Here's the information:

    1. At first, do not uninstall any existing Canon software that may be
    installed on the PC. Some of it may be needed to install updaters of the
    latest version.
    2. Go to the Download Library for the EOS-1D Mark II N on the Canon USA Web
    site:
    http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=DownloadDetailAct&fcategoryid=314&modelid=12012
    3. Click on the Drivers/Software link and follow the prompts in the
    resulting new window to download EOS Utility 1.1 Updater for Windows.
    4. As noted on the download page, you will need one of the following older
    Canon software apps to be installed on your PC before installing the
    updater:

    - EOS Utility 1.0
    - EOS Viewer Utility 1.0 to 1.2
    - File Viewer Utility 1.1 to 1.3
    - CameraWindow DSLR 5.1 to 5.3 (If you are using EOS Digital cameras with
    ZoomBrowser EX 5.x)
    5. Install the EOS Utility 1.1 updater.
    6. Connect the 1D Mark II N and EOS Utility should launch automatically.
    7. Select Remote Shooting/Camera Settings.
    8. From the Remote Shooting/Camera Settings window, locate the Set-up menu
    icon in the lower right (looks like 2 wrenches) and click on it.
    9. From the resulting menu, select Personal Functions and go from there.

    Hope that that helps!

    Last but not least, please be advised that EOS Utility is all you need to
    upload Personal Functions, but we recommend updating to the latest versions
    of ZoomBrowser EX or Digital Photo Professional if you use those programs,
    since older versions may not be compatible with EOS Utility.

    Best Regards,

    Chuck Westfall
    Director/Media & Customer Relationship
    Camera Marketing Group/Canon U.S.A., Inc.


    And for those that somehow think that Arthur Morris is only about selling
    gear etc, yes, he does make his living from running seminars and selling
    canon gear but he also is probably the most widely published bird
    photographer on the planet!! He is one of a few photogs chosen as a Canon
    contract photographers, so he does have some skills and you will learn an
    awful lot if you choose to by reading the bulletins. I get the bulletins
    sent directly like so many other subscribers so we may have got this prior
    to it going on the web. No cost, no charges just lots of good information.

    regards

    Don
     
    Don, Apr 8, 2007
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    Joan Guest

    Why didn't you post a link to the bulletin?

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    : For those that couldn't find the bulletin and were happy to make
    gratuitous
    : comments the following is a direct paste.
    :
     
    Joan, Apr 8, 2007
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  10. Don

    Don Guest

    Joan

    for the following reason stated in the previous post:

    "I get the bulletins sent directly like so many other subscribers so we may have got this prior
    to it going on the web. No cost, no charges just lots of good information."

    As someone else pointed out, it appeared that the bulletin wasn't up on his bulletin page yet. I had previously posted the link to the home page so people could have a look at his total site and make up their own minds about his worth etc.

    regards

    Don
     
    Don, Apr 8, 2007
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    Joan Guest

    Sorry, I should have cancelled that post.

    It's quite reasonable not to put the bulletin on the web until after
    the subscribers have had a chance to digest it.

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    Joan

    for the following reason stated in the previous post:

    "I get the bulletins sent directly like so many other subscribers so
    we may have got this prior
    to it going on the web. No cost, no charges just lots of good
    information."

    As someone else pointed out, it appeared that the bulletin wasn't up
    on his bulletin page yet. I had previously posted the link to the
    home page so people could have a look at his total site and make up
    their own minds about his worth etc.

    regards

    Don
     
    Joan, Apr 8, 2007
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  12. Don

    Don Guest

    Joan

    if you are interested in bird photography or just getting a lot of good info
    on how to use canon cameras, I cannot recommend a better place. The free
    bulletins are usually full of stunning photography. Its not only birds but
    lots of other wildlife (bears, lions etc). The other great photographer
    that is wildlife fantastic is a fellow called Moose Peterson. He's a Nikon
    user so if that's your brand you probably have heard of him. He also has a
    great web site:
    http://www.moosepeterson.com/index.html

    Anyway, thanks for the chats and have a good Easter

    regards
    Don
     
    Don, Apr 8, 2007
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    Joan Guest

    Thanks, Don.

    Bird photography is completely beyond my capability, but that doesn't
    stop me from enjoying seeing what others can do.

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    : Joan
    :
    : if you are interested in bird photography or just getting a lot of
    good info
    : on how to use canon cameras, I cannot recommend a better place. The
    free
    : bulletins are usually full of stunning photography. Its not only
    birds but
    : lots of other wildlife (bears, lions etc). The other great
    photographer
    : that is wildlife fantastic is a fellow called Moose Peterson. He's
    a Nikon
    : user so if that's your brand you probably have heard of him. He also
    has a
    : great web site:
    : http://www.moosepeterson.com/index.html
    :
    : Anyway, thanks for the chats and have a good Easter
    :
    : regards
    : Don
    :
     
    Joan, Apr 8, 2007
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