I've not been more excited about learning about a new feature on my Canon EOS 5D Mark IV (or any body) in a long time – but yesterday I was so thrilled to learn this new feature I not only tested it out I fell in love – the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV gives you the ability to have up to 12 unique sets of “back button focus” buttons!
I was so excited about it, I had to show you more so I made a video.
Back Button Focus on Steroids!
But really, I couldn't be more excited – and a bit goofy as well.
I almost used the “game changer” phrase LOL!
But really. This is an awesome feature of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and it has opened up my eyes to using AF in new ways.
I confess, the vast majority of my photography has been done with a single center point focus and then recompose. Yes it works, but I've always felt/knew I was missing something. But I was also always troubled/hobbled by my lack of willingness to really sit down and explore the different focussing options – mainly because changing the settings all the time was a royal pain.
But not any more. This ability to customize the back button focus with multiple buttons, multiple options, and multiple custom settings just rocked my boat.
Now, if only Canon would give us a way to save our settings to a memory card so we could permanently have one master set of settings we could always get back to… or share with others (maybe you have 2-5 cameras on set and want the same settings for all!) that would really send me over the moon!
I spent the morning at the Missouri Botanical Gardens shooting with my new friends, the 3 focus buttons I set up just after watching the video at the bottom from @tallyWacker — you can see those photos here if you want. I came home with a bunch of keepers and a new fondness for exploring new autofocus settings!
What's your favorite new setting on the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV?
(cover photo credit: snap from me and my trip to the missouri botanical gardens)