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Canon 1DX Mark II Fast Start

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Bottom And Front Of Camera Features

John Greengo

Canon 1DX Mark II Fast Start

John Greengo

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15. Bottom And Front Of Camera Features

Lesson Info

Bottom And Front Of Camera Features

On the bottom of the camera you'll have your serial number, you'll have your standard size socket for all your tri-pods and mono-pods. There is a hand-strap.. little slot there so if you do get one of the Canon or other brands of hand-straps there is a way to attach it there that doesn't go into the tri-pod socket hole. There is also an alignment hole if you are building your own mounting system and you don't want the camera to twist. You can have an extra pin go in there and that prevents the camera from twisting off of the tri-pod or other device. Working our way around to the front of the camera we have a twenty mega-pixel sensor there behind the mirror and behind the shutter unit. Full frame sensor; it's a CMOS sensor. We have a mono-microphone for shooting video so it's not stereo microphone, it's a very basic microphone. We have a little clip that allows us to go in and remove the focusing screens. Most people are not going to want to do this but if you do a lot of manual focusin...

g, you might find that the supplied screen does not give you the best image for manually focusing and you might want to look at one of the other options that are available out there and so it is neat to see that this is still available. This is one of the only cameras on the market where you can change that focusing screen for different needs. Sometimes in macro photography, or some super telephoto, or some other cases as I mentioned where your using manually focusing lenses, that these other screens will make it easier to determine perfect manual focus. We have a number of buttons and these are customizable buttons. The multi-function 2, these are duplicate buttons, one for horizontal, one for vertical of course. You can choose what these do by going into the custom controls and programming a particular feature to these and we will talk more about that in the menu section. The next button down is primarily designed as a depth of field preview button but can be reprogrammed as a different type of button. So under normal photographic situations by pressing this button, you will be closing down the aperature, so that you can see how much depth of field you are going to get while you are shooting your photographs. Now normally with a digital camera I'd recommend just take the photograph and look at the back of the camera and that usually will do a good job to show you if have enough depth of field, the problem with that is sometimes under bright light situations it is hard to see the back of the camera and it's easier to do it straight in the view-finder itself. And so traditional, professional feature on a camera and most Canon cameras do have that feature as well. There is a self-timer light that will blink at you when you have the self-timer set. We have our CPU contacts which connect with the contacts on the lenses for communication about aperature, distance, focusing and so forth. Our little red dot indicator let's us know where we are to mount our lenses up on to our camera. The lens release will.. Use, will activate the lens locking pin, make sure that your lens is locked in the correct position.

Class Description

We know what it’s like to dive right into taking pictures with your new camera. But dense technical manuals make for a terrible first date. Get the most out of your new Canon 1Dx Mark II camera with this complete step-by-step walkthrough of the camera’s features. 

Join expert photographer John Greengo for a fast-track introduction, and unlock your camera’s full potential. In this fast start class, you’ll learn:

  • How to use the new 61 point AF system
  • How to understand and use the autofocus system for great photos
  • How to incorporate video into your shooting using the 4K advanced video capabilities.
John is a CreativeLive veteran instructor and an experienced photographer. He has extensive experience teaching the technical minutiae that makes any camera an effective tool: aperture, ISO, the Rule of Thirds, and the kinds of lenses you’ll need to suit your camera body. This Fast Start includes a complete breakdown of your camera’s exposure, focus, metering, video and more. John will also explain how to customize the Canon 1Dx Mark II's settings to work for your style of photography.

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Canon® 1Dx Mark II Recommended Settings

Canon® 1Dx Mark II Fast Start Class Slides

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Joe Berkeley

I quite enjoyed John's course on the 1DX mark ii. To be frank, I should have taken it 122,000 shots ago when I bought the camera. I learned quite a bit. There were only a few occasions when I thought my cranium could explode. But I walked away from the course with some great tips and in the grand scheme of things, the money I invest in education is always more valuable than the latest and greatest camera strap, lens, or bag. It will probably take a few months for all of the information to sink in but I'm feeling good about what I learned and the price I paid for it. All in all, a good value.

Fred Innamorato

John does a great job as usual. He provides so many visual aides and demonstrations which really helps you understand how to operate and set up your camera. His step by step explanation of the entire menu and each tab is excellent. In addition to his many photography tips and instructions. What an excellent class and a great value for all the detailed instructions provided. Much better than the manual you get in the box. Plus you get to watch this as many times as needed. I highly recommend this course and all of John's other classes.

Ian Sherratt

Great video. Loved the clear explanations, great views and mixture of video and slides. I’ve read a lot of manuals and books on settings and use of various Canon cameras but this is the first time I’ve really understood the full range of functions.