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How to access Canon 6D menu

Postby blin » Wed Feb 10, 2016 6:00 pm

Q: I have a hard time fine Canon 6D menu. Can you help?

A: Quoted from online:
Camera Menu 1

Here are the settings I use for Camera Menu 1, with explanations:
•Image Quality: RAW – I always recommend to shoot in RAW format. As explained in my RAW versus JPEG article, there is a huge difference between RAW and JPEG. With RAW, you also do not have to worry about other camera settings such as picture styles, white balance and lighting optimizer, because you can modify those in post-processing.
•Beep: Disable – leave this disabled, since the camera will beep every time focus is achieved, which is annoying.
•Release shutter without card: OFF / Disable – you do not want the camera to fire without a memory card, in case you forget to insert one.
•Image review: 2 sec – I leave this at the default 2 seconds. After you take an image, it will be shown on the rear LCD for 2 seconds. If you want to preserve the battery life, you can turn this off as well.

Camera Menu 2
•Lens aberration correction:•Peripheral illumin.: Disable
•Chromatic aberration: Disable

I usually leave both disabled, because lens corrections are only relevant to JPEG images. If you are a JPEG shooter, leaving these on will reduce vignetting and chromatic aberration.

•External Speedlite control: default – leave this at default, unless you want to change flash behavior. Some settings will not work unless you attach a compatible flash unit.
•Mirror lockup: OFF – unless you want to reduce vibrations from the camera when the mirror is raised (when shooting at very low shutter speeds on a tripod), leave this turned off. When mirror lockup is on, pressing the shutter release or firing the camera with a remote will raise the mirror and the second time you trigger the shutter will start the exposure, then lower the mirror at the end of the exposure.

Camera Menu 3
•Expo.comp./AEB: 0 – this is for setting exposure compensation or exposure bracketing. I would not bother with setting exposure compensation through the menu, since you can do it much quicker with the large rotary dial on the back of the camera
•ISO speed settings:•ISO speed: Auto – as explained earlier, I like to use the Auto ISO feature, since I do not have to worry about the exposure.
•ISO speed range: 100-25600 – this setting affects what you are able to see when changing ISO through the ISO button or through the Quick menu. I want to keep the entire range for ISO selection, so I leave it at 100-25600 range.
•Auto ISO range: 100-6400 – now this setting is particularly useful when shooting in “Auto ISO” mode. I am not comfortable with noise above ISO 6400 on the 6D, so I keep the maximum range limited to ISO 6400.
•Min. shutter spd.: Auto – with the “Auto” setting, the camera will automatically adjust the shutter speed of the camera to the current focal length of the lens. When using the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art, I noticed that the camera would toggle between 1/40 and 1/50th of a second. For steady hands and good posture, this might be sufficient. However, if you have shaky hands, then the “Auto” setting might not do justice to keep you away from camera shake. If you notice blur in your images, I would change this from “Auto” to something faster than the focal length of the lens. For example, for the same Sigma 50mm lens, setting the minimum shutter speed to 1/60 might be better than 1/40 or 1/50th of a second. And if you set it to 1/125, it will be plenty even for shaky hands. Unfortunately, unlike Nikon, Canon does not allow for automatic “faster” or “slower” compensations and you are limited to 1/250 shutter speed maximum. This is a deal breaker for sports and wildlife photographers, because they have no options for fast shutter speeds like 1/2000. For those particular situations, you will probably be better off turning Auto ISO off.

•Auto Lighting Optimizer: OFF – ALO settings are only applicable to JPEG images and I usually keep them turned off.
•White balance: AWB – Just like ALO, white balance setting also does not matter, as you can adjust it later in post-processing.
•Custom White Balance – unless you have a gray card to set custom white balance, skip this setting.
•WB Shift/Bkt.: 0,0/±0 – don’t mess with this unless you know what you are doing.
•Color space: Adobe RGB – although color space does not matter for RAW images, Adobe RGB gives a slightly more accurate histogram to determine the correct exposure (since the camera shows histogram based on camera-rendered JPEG image, even if you shoot exclusively in RAW).

Camera Menu 4
•Picture Style: Standard – does not matter for shooting RAW images. I set mine to “Standard” and use the Standard camera profile in Lightroom for consistency. For more details about this, check out my article “how to get accurate Canon colors.”
•Long exp. noise reduction: OFF – I leave this off, but you might want to turn it on if you are planning to shoot very long exposures such as when doing astrophotography.
•High ISO speed NR: OFF – another one I leave off, as it only affects JPEG images.
•Highlight tone priority: OFF – unlike Auto Lighting Optimizer (ALO), Highlight tone priority does affect RAW data, since it actually underexposes an image to recover highlights. Unless you shoot JPEG, instead of letting the camera underexpose images with HTP to keep highlight details, I would recommend to properly expose images and even slightly over-expose, then recover the data in post. This technique is known as “Exposing to the right” and it gives you better results, especially when dealing with noise.
•Dust Delete Data – this is used for removing dust in images if you have dust particles on the image sensor. I never use this feature, since I prefer cleaning the camera sensor instead.
•Multiple exposure: Disable – this is used for creative photography when stacking photos on top of each other.
•HDR Mode: Disable HDR – this is automatically disabled when you choose RAW format.

Live View Menu 1 and 2

Live View settings do not affect images, so I usually leave them at default settings.

Movie Menu 1 and 2

If you have the Live View switch on the back of the camera to “Movie” mode (red camera), instead of the above Live View menus you will see two movie menus. I don’t shoot video, so these are also set to default settings.

Playback Menu 1 and 2

Playback menus are used for altering images after they are captured. I normally do not mess with these and leave the settings in Menu 1 and 2 at default. The only setting I do change is in Playback Menu 2 – Image jump with rotary dial. I personally do not like the fact that the images jump by 10 by default when rotating the top dial, so I set it to “Display images one by one” instead. This way, whether I turn the top or the rear dials, both will display images one by one without skipping.

Playback Menu 3

The playback menu 3 has some important settings that I often use:
•Highlight alert: Enable – this will show the “blinkies” when there is overexposure / loss of highlight data.
•AF point disp. Enable – when displaying images, I want to see where the focus point was.
•Playback grid: Off – it is nice to see a grid in the viewfinder, but I don’t want to see it after the image is captured.
•Histogram disp: Brightness – if you want to see a histogram for each color channel, pick RGB.
•Movie play count: Rec time.
•Magnificatn (apx): Actual size – this allows me to see 100% crop when I press the magnification button when playing back images.
•Ctrl over HDMI: Disable.

Setup Menu 1
•Select folder – you can use an existing folder or create a new one where photos will be stored.
•File numbering: Continuous – I want the camera to increment file numbers even if I change the memory card.
•Auto rotate: On (middle setting) – rotating vertical images in landscape view makes them appear much smaller. I prefer the camera to write the orientation to images, but not actually rotate them when displaying.
•Format card – used for formatting the inserted memory card.

Setup Menu 2
•Auto power off: 1 min – I leave it at 1 minute to turn off the camera when it is not in use.
•LCD brightness: Middle – default is good, although you might want to increase or decrease brightness depending on shooting conditions.
•LCD off/on btn: Remains on – this is used for displaying the information screen. I don’t use the information screen, so the setting is not important.
•Date/Time/Zone: make sure to keep the date and time zone settings accurate.
•Language: English.
•GPS: Disable – I enable GPS when traveling and turn it off if I need to preserve battery life. It is a neat feature that I wish all other cameras had!

Setup Menu 3
•Video system: NTSC.
•Feature guide: Enable.
•INFO button display options: All checked – good for looking at important camera settings and the level works pretty well for shooting on a tripod.
•Wi-Fi: Disable – keep this disabled to preserve battery life and only enable when you need to transmit images or control the camera remotely.
•Wi-Fi function – Wi-Fi-specific functions.

Setup Menu 4
•Sensor cleaning:•Auto cleaning: Enable – the camera will shake off dust when turned on or off.
•Clean now – to clean the sensor now.
•Clean manually – this is different than the above options, since it is used for manually cleaning the sensor. The mirror will lock up and you can proceed to cleaning the sensor.

•Battery info. – shows battery level.
•Certification Logo Display – displays certification logos.
•Custom shooting mode (C1, C2) – there are two C1 and C2 setting banks on the shooting mode dial as previously covered. Once you set appropriate settings for a given scenario, you can save them in these two modes.•Register settings – this will allow to save your current settings to either C1 or C2 shooting mode. Once saved, all you have to do is switch to the appropriate mode and the settings will be retrieved. I usually save two different scenarios – one for landscapes and one for people. For C1 (landscapes), I have Auto ISO turned off, set to ISO 100. Exposure mode is set to Manual (M). AF mode is set to One Shot. For C2 (people), I keep Auto ISO on, with exposure mode set to Aperture Priority (Av) and AF mode set to AI Focus.
•Clear settings – used to clear the above-mentioned modes and revert to defaults.
•Auto update set.: Disable – I do not want the camera to automatically save adjustments in C1 or C2 modes. This way, if I change a setting, it is only a temporary change. If I need to make a permanent change, I go to “Register settings” menu above.

•Clean all camera settings – this will reset everything on the camera and revert to factory defaults.
•Copyright information – I always put my name and copyright details when I first setup the camera.
•Camera firmware ver – displays current camera firmware.
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