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Lesson 5 from: Canon 5D Mark III, Including Canon 5DS/5DSR Fast Start

John Greengo

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5. Button Layout: Other Sides

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Okay let's move move our way around to the left side of the camera we have a couple of doors rubber doors that open up and let's take a look inside what we can plug our cameras into so we have a microphone in put the the cameras built in microphone is mono sound if you want to get stereo sound if you want to get better quality sound you're gonna hook up an external microphone no cannon doesn't make microphones but other companies do that you can plug in a couple of the best the sign heizer and the road are two very popular ones for people shooting video these are going to sell between two hundred and two hundred fifty bucks they plug in the amount right on the hot shoe very easy to work with and it's good to get the microphone away from the camera because then you don't have the sound of you zooming focusing hand holding the camera and things like that but if you do want to get into better quality audio I'll also recommend a zoom handheld recorder this is this is not anything that you ...

plug into the camera but I just figured this was an appropriate place to talk about external microphones if you want to get really good sound getting the mike away from the camera it's kind of like light if you want to get good light could sound get it away from the camera right below that we have our pc sink so if you're going to be working in a studio this is where you're gonna plug in your lights below that we have our remote shutter release it's a type in three and cannon makes two different promotes that'll work with that they have a basic remote which allows you to plug your camera and with the cable so that you could fire your camera without touching your camera that way there's no vibrations when you shoot good for product photography or landscape photography they also make a more advanced one uh t c eti n three which sells for around a hundred fifty bucks the basic wanders around fifty dollars the advance when you can see that it does a lot more there. Yes, your camera has a self timer in there but it's limited to ten seconds so you could set it for thirty seconds or two minutes if you wanted to with this remote most people I know are using it for interval ometer work if you want to create a time lapse video, you can set your camera to shoot a picture every second every ten seconds every hour, every day, every year if you want and you can control all of the number of shots that you get with this timer remote and so anyone who wants to use this in that manner very, very handy device highly recommended next stop over on the right hand side. We have another control over here. This is the headphone jack we can now plug in headphones and monitor the audio of the video that we are recording, which is a nice step up from the mark. Two we have a generic avie out digital out. This is if we're going to hook up to it, traditional tv, or we're going to download straight from our camera to our computer, which I don't recommend, by the way. Uh, but I'll talk more about that in a moment, but you can connect it up to a computer right there. If you do want to connect up to a hd tv, you can send the video signal out. You're gonna do a slide show. You want to watch your movies that you recorded, or you just want to see what the camera is pointed at, you can use it as a monitor, going straight out with the hd, my port, switching sides of the camera over the memory card. We have the option of using traditional cf cards, or the ever increasing popular sd memory cards, which are becoming part of just about all the cameras, and so, obviously you've already dealt with, probably buying a car, different size cards, we're gonna probably want to be using cards at least. Four gigabytes and size in this camera would generally be my thinking on that. You'll also want to look at the speed of the card. If you are shooting sports or things that are happening faster, you may want to opt for a card that's a little bit faster. The main people who are going to want to go for the faster cards are people who are shooting video in the all I that's that high resolution video mode. If you are shooting in that higher resolution video mode, you want to get an sd card that is class ten or higher or is a possibly a u h s class card with the compact flash cards, you probably want to get a card that's, at least you dea may, but probably one of the higher you d m a. This one that I have pictured here is a mod seven, which is the highest that they have out right now with the compact flash cards. And so, depending on how much video work you do and how much motor drive work you do, this will help flush the files from the internal memory of the camera. The internal ram on the camera to the memory card. For the average shooter it's not going to make much difference it's only the people who are really demanding the fastest performance from their camera the sd cards will have this other little secondary number there that's the card class that you want to pay attention to for video writing not important for still photography but it's important for video writing you want at least class six for any type of video but you want a class ten for that all I compression setting on the video as I mentioned, I'm not a big fan of downloading from the camera to the computer I prefer using a card reader if you have a card slot in your computer that's going to be the fastest way but this card reader one of these two is going to be the next fastest way the camera is generally pretty slow it is usb two point oh compliant it's not usb three point oh so it's generally a little bit slow on that question in class yes, I'm just wondering if it introduces a little bit more wear and tear on your cards to put them in and out of a card reader all the time. That is an excellent question because yes, if you are using compact flash cards they're using little pins in fact you can open up the side of your camera, look in there and you can see that there's about forty eight pins and they have little slots in here. And if you aren't careful, it's pretty hard to do this, but if you aren't careful, you could break one of those pins or bend one of those pins, which is a pretty major repair to go in and fix and so taking the card in and out, uh, you don't want to do it excessively. I have not had that happen on my camera, but I have seen it happen on a number of cameras. I would still argue in favor of the card reader. I think that there is just a lot faster, easier to use. They don't need any real software. They work on macs and pcs very easily. The only cost twenty to forty dollars. Uh, so I can't recommend him enough. Just it makes my life a lot easier and faster. So continuing on our way, moving around to the bottom side of camera. Your camera has a hidden battery in it. Did you know that it has a hidden battery that keeps track of the date for you? And this is a batter it's, a little watch battery that will last for probably about five years and so in the air twenty seventeen, when your date starts blinking at you. Noon. You know, twelve o'clock blinking at you. You probably need to replace this little battery right here that just kind of keeps that date locked in when we get into the menu system, standard tripod sockets called a quarter twenty quarter inch wide twenty threads parents so it uses all the standard tripods and accessories. We can also mount on the bottom of the camera. The bg e eleven. This is a vertical grip for anyone who shoots a lot of verticals. So portrait photographers, sports photographers I guess people, photographers in general, you're shooting a lot of verticals sometimes it's not so comfortable raising that arm up or squishing it down into that position. And so having that vertical grip there is going to be a more comfortable position for shooting vertical also good. If you have really big hands just you want more grip on the camera? Also. Good. If you're gonna leave the camera out doing a time lapse for all night. I've done this where the camera just uses one battery, but when you have the vertical grip, you can use two batteries and the camera will last twice as long. One of the things that comes with the b g eleven is this double a battery pack. Uh not actual double a's but the pack that you put double a's in so you can power this in remote sources where all you have are double a batteries so you're gonna go climb mount everest you could get the double a battery pack something else that you can kind of also hook up is a wireless file transmitter this is the w f t seven cells for a just a minuscule eight hundred fifty dollars if you would like to wirelessly transfer images from your camera too, eh not too far away computer it's a little complicated setting it up but it can be done then on the bottom of the camera we also have our serial number make sure you record that for your insurance purposes and of course our battery compartment who takes the lp six as we mentioned before it takes the same battery as the five d mark to hopefully they'll keep that battery around for a while comes with a standard travel charger and if you want to charge it from your car you do have the option of buying a cannon car charger. And if you need to power your camera continuously that say you're in a scientific arena or maybe you're in a studio that you wanted you never want to have to replace the batteries you just can't afford to have the batteries die on you you could plug it into an a c adapter if you are working from a car, I will also recommend an inverter cannon doesn't make this, but their generic that you can plug anything into you can just plug your travel charger into this inverter, which you can buy it places like radioshack for around, I don't know twenty or fifty dollars and it's a good general purpose thing if you're going to do car trips, which I do a lot, which is kinda keep those batteries charged, all right, working our way around to the front side of the camera, we have our little red mounting marked where we know to mount up. Our lenses have were tow line that up on the lenses for mounting our lenses this's their e f mount index will talk about lenses here in just a moment. We have our microphone once again. This is a mano microphone, not stereo len's release you've probably only played with this to get the lens on and off. We have our cpu contacts want to make sure these air in good condition because they're connecting up with the contacts on the lenses, and this is communicating focus information as well as other data we have our mir in there, which is thie reflex portion once again of single lens reflects our depth of field preview, frankly, with all the reviews of this camera how about opinion here for a moment, there's been a lot of people who have just gone gaga over the repositioning of the depth of field previous and I just like, wow, what? I held the camera and I wanted to do depth of field preview this is what I had to do watch the thumb all that was tough right there, just right there and now I have to use this finger, and I'm not very good with this finger here. It's not a service of but it's a fine but it's a fine improvement, but I don't know that we need to be writing pages on the internet about but what's it used for, uh, normally when you look through the camera, you are looking through your lands wide open, all right at the white ist opening aperture, the shallow a step, the field if you have your camera set to say f sixteen and you want to see what depth the field you're going to get, you could press this button and and look through the viewfinder to see what you're getting. I'll do this again for anybody who wants on dso very handy if you're trying to preview the depth of field. Now, this used to be a big time professional feature on the camera on, frankly, had not as impressed with these days because we have a digital camera and you can just shoot a picture and look at the back of the camera and see what your depth of field is. But there are some situations where it's, very bright out and the best view you're going to get is in the viewfinder. So it's, a good feature to have and be familiar with how to use it. Next up, we have a remote control sensor. Remember that cheap little infrared remote? We get that's, what it's pointing out when you have it in front of the camera and what else do we have that the self timer? Lam, of course. So when we have the self timer on it blinks at us and then stay steady for the last two seconds. So you know in to jump up and make a crazy face.

Class Materials

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Fast Start - Canon® 5DMIII
Canon® 5DSR Menu Settings

Ratings and Reviews

Tami Miller

I really enjoy any John Greengo class - beside being an incredible photographer, he has the true nature of a teacher. What a combo: a fantastic photographer with a great sense of humor who can really explain complex concepts and take the fear out of all of those buttons and dials! I LOVE his 'tests' and visual challenges: the immediate results help to cement the information. I have had my Canon Mark D III for almost a year now. The time I spent experimenting with it and reading most of the manual (ok, maybe I am a nerd!) was great preparation for this class as I knew exactly the things that were confusing me. And, as usual, Mr. Greengo delivered. So glad I purchased the course so I can review it many times. Only two disappointments: unless I missed it, it wasn't made clear how to switch from one card to the other. I was in Scotland and my screen kept flashing, "card is full" - and I couldn't figure out how to switch to the other one; and I did want to fill in the copyright/name information but can't figure out how to 'type' in anything. Class is a must for a new owner of this camera.


Wonderful, wonderful instruction! I wish every instructor could be as point-on as John Greengo. I had my money's worth about a quarter of the way through the class. At the end, I called it priceless. I have had my 5D Mark iii for almost 2 years, and John taught me some extremely useful things about the camera I did not know. Even if you are an advanced shooter with considerable 5DMiii experience, you are likely to get something valuable from this course - otherwise, you are CERTAIN to get really valuable knowledge about your camera. Strongly recommended for Canon 5D Mark iii owners.

Liesa Wayson

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE John's classes. Bought the 70D class for my first camera, now the 5D Mark III class, so worth it. Awesome investment!

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