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| p.2 #1 · 5d M III Viewfinder illumination and af points! |
I've had my 5D3 for 3 days now and have read the manual and played with settings for hours upon hours.
I really think the way focus points are displayed/illuminated on the 5D3 is broken.
I got the hunch that the complaints are from 5D Mark II users and not from users that are used to that system coming from the 7D. That's basically how the 7D works and as far as I know, 7D users didn't have any issues with that overlay system. Maybe I am wrong but not to my knowledge at least. I am used to this setup and I have used it for over a year on my 7D and I didn't see that as an issue, let alone that the display of the camera is broken, like you indicated . Come to think of it, the way it works on the 5D Mark III came naturally to me.
Problem (low light): In low light, the AF point is not visible. It is displayed as a dark square outline in the viewfinder, but in a fairly dark scene, it is impossible to detect. It does not illuminate until it achieves focus on something, and you don't know where on the subject to aim the focus point because you can't see it!
Just push the AF setting/selection button and your AF buttons will be displayed and you can easily tell which one is active for you to put that on your target. You push either the AF back button or the shutter button to focus, if there is enough light or contrast for the camera to focus, then it will. Otherwise, you are out of luck, it is too dark or a blank wall doesn't have enough contrast. You can try to get the AF assist of a flash in that case.
Problem (bright):In bright busy scenes, it can be difficult to see the focus point unless the scene is fairly uniform. The focus point does not blink or illuminate in any way until it achieves focus, so it can be hard to spot until it locks on something. It is easier to see the AF point in bright scenes compared to dark ones, but blinking the AF point when AF starts would be a huge help.
True, the ilumination of the AF point can be hard to see but there are other ways for you to get that. But the AF point itself very clearly visible for you to just put that on your target. You can confirm the AF by either the audible beep or by the round AF confirmation light on the bottom.