Suggested settings for the Canon EOS 1D Mark II N
Please note that these suggestions are a guide. Many custom function settings will be to the photographer's individual preferences, but leaving these few set as below will assure that anyone who picks up the camera will start off right. That's important for shared equipment.
To automatically install all of these settings into your Mark II, load this FILE onto your CF card into the root directory. Then use the "loading camera settings" menu option to load the file into your camera. Do not change the file name or it will not work.
Rear data window - always check the following:
White balance settings user preference, but the Auto setting (AWB) is excellent.
File Setting RAW+M1
SD card inserted If you also have an SD card inserted, make sure you are shooting to card #1 (CF)
File number is over 9000 If your file number is over 9000, you should reset to 0000 by going into the file numbering option (tools1 tab) and hit M-Reset.
Camera Menu Screen
Custom WB Use to pick your white frame for custom white balance.
JPEG Quality Change the "L", "M1" and "M2" setting to 6
Color space Adobe RGB, sRGB is the other choice
Picture Style Standard.
Review off
Review Time doesn't matter with review off
Noise reduction off unless needed. If on, it kicks in at 1/2 second or slower
ISO Expansion off
Playback
Protect Images
Rotate (for direct printing only)
Erase all on card don't use, better to reformat instead
Print order (for direct printing only)
Highlight alert on
Display AF points on
Histogram display Bright
Enlarge display set. Enlarge from selected AF point
Tools1
Auto power off 30 min
File Numbering continuous
File name setting Use the preset code
Backup off
Auto rotate on
Save camera settings save all of the settings onto a card
Loading camera settings use this after downloading SI's settings
Format reformat every card before shooting
Tools2
LCD Brightness the Mark II screen is brighter than the old Canons
Date/time Set to local time
Language English
Video System NTSC
Firmware keep current
Sensor cleaning only use a bulb blower. Send to Canon for cleaning if possible
Fourth Menu Screen: Custom Functions
00 1 - setting for the 1D default focus screen
01 1 - viewfinder displays information during exposure
02 1 - can't release shutter if no card in camera
04 1 - sets back button for focusing and shutter for auto exposure lock
05 2 - can set aperture even if no lens on body
06 0 - 1/3 stop increments
07 0 - after focus locks in one-shot mode, the focusing ring will not work
08 0 - remaining shots displayed on top LCD, file number on back LCD
09 0 - sets auto exposure bracketing order and cancels aeb if lens is changed or power turned off
10 0 - AF point illuminates in the viewfinder
11 0 - sets which buttons you want to use to change AF points
12 0 - setting this to 1 locks up the mirror
13 1 - limits selectable AF points to 11 and links spot metering to the active AF point
14 0 - Evaluative E-TTL II
15 0 - 1st curtain flash sync
16 0 - disables safety shift in Av or Tv mode
17 1 - focus area when using a single point for auto focus.
18 1 - switch to registered AF point with one button push
19 0 - controls the lens' AF stop button
20 0 - Standard auto focus tracing
21 0 - Give preference to focus over drive speed
Notes:
Screen The screen is substantially brighter than the EOS 1D - use the histogram or a light meter to evaluate exposure
Camera The camera will keep writing if you accidentally open the card door, but DO NOT remove the card until the red light goes off.
SD Card The SD card should be used in an emergency if you can't change CF cards fast enough. Do not use it for backup. Make sure you ship the SD card with your take.
SD Card The SD card will not be accessed automatically. You have to manually change your setting to use the card.
Switch Cards If you switch to the SD card, make sure you switch back to the CF. If will not go back automatically.
Exposure It's better to overexpose than underexpose.

You can save up to three complete settings as a custom function group by using the "Personal Functions" right below the custom functions.

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