Controlling autofocus on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Camera: Controlling autofocus on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

There’s a highly sophisticated AF system inside the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. Our insiders’ guide, with Tom Calton, will help you to make the most of it, for improved sharpness

More than ever before, photographers are relying on their camera’s AF system to ensure that every shot is perfectly in-focus and pin sharp, even in the trickiest of situations – long gone are the film days where having to manually focus each shot by eye was the norm. With consumer expectations running at an all-time high, it’s not difficult to understand why over the past few years huge investments have been made by leading camera manufacturers to improve the AF performance within their digital cameras.

One example that stands out in particular is the AF system found within Canon’s 5D Mark III and flagship 1D X. With a truckload of highly advanced features and customisable options, this system is arguably the most sophisticated AF system found within the company’s current EOS line-up. To start, it features a whopping 61 AF points (41 of which are the more accurate cross-type points, with five dual cross-type) that cover over 50% of the frame, meaning that you’re unlikely to not be able to find an AF point right where you need it.

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