Sunday, 7 February 2010

Canon 1D Mark IV Custom Functions & Sample Images

I've spent as much time as possible in the last couple of weeks using the Canon 1D Mark IV. This has involved a lot of experimenting with the custom functions that are very similar to those on my 1D Mark III and I've also made all the microadjustments to my EF lenses for pin-sharp focus accuracy. Although there have been few opportunities for birds in flight, the results thus far with regards to the responsiveness and tracking of the camera are great and the detail in the images created by this 17 mega pixel monster is mind-blowing. A few folk seem to have developed problems with the latest 1d Mark IV firmware which I have now running and am using without any issues. A few sample and experimental images below - all in pretty poor light shot between ISO 800 and 2000 and note that even on 'still' subjects, I have used A1 servo to monitor focus stability and accuracy. I think the results of what this camera is capable of speak for themselves. At the end of this post I have listed the cf settings which I'm currently getting the best results from...























1D Mark IV custom functions

I-Exposure
1-0
2-0
3-Enable
4-0
5-0
6-0
7-1
8-2
9-Disable-(All Modes Usable)
10-Disable
11-0
12-Disable (Use full range of shutter speeds)
13-Disable
14-Disable
15-1
16-0
17-0

II-Image/Flash exp/Disp
1-0
2-0
3-0
4-3
5-0
6-1
7-0
8-1
9-0
10-0

III-Autofocus/Drive
1-0
2-0
3-0
4-0
5-0
6-0
7-0
8-0
9-1
10-0
11-1
12-0
13-0
14-0
15-0
16-1
17-0
18-Disable
19-Disable

IV-Operations/Other
1-0
2-0
3-0
4-0
5-0
6-0
7-0
8-0
9-0
10-0
11-1
12-0
13-Disable
14-1
15-0
16-0

7 comments:

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Incredible photographs! You are fortunate not only to be near such beauties to photograph, but to be able to understand all of the technical stuff to get what you desire in them. May I borrow your camera, please.... Very, very fine work~

JRandSue said...

I just love looking at your work,really outstanding photography.
John.

Chris said...

Hi Hugh,
Incredible!! You got this nice camera... I heard that it is just a treasure!! You got nice shots even at low light condition!

T and S said...

The quality of images speak high of both the camera and the photographer behind the camera...Thomas

Andrea said...

I think the shot number 6 is one of the best ever seen.
I agree with Thomas: the camera is Ok,but most of the picture comes from the brain behind it.

Petrus said...

Going lower, more to the level of the bird's eye would improve the pictures from very good to excellent!

Hugh Harrop said...

Petrus - indeed but when you are photographing from a pier that extends out in to the seas, you really cannot go any lower!