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Custom Functions/Settings of the Canon EOS-1n 35mm AF-SLR camera (with supplementary Technical Notes)

Relative: Compared this with the Previous Canon EOS-1 camera's Custom Settings Table.

Custom Function feature in a modern SLR camera extends various capabilities of camera features and functions. Besides, it enables simplicity in a camera physical appearance because IF all the available options in camera controls are designed to be operable in physical form, a camera will be full of buttons and levers. So, custom functions via electronically is actually making camera to be less clustered with confusing controls. However, the compromise with this mode of control via settings do cause inconvenience in two manners. Firstly, you would need to open the hidden side palm door to locate and set a particular setting. Next, it also requires good "memory" in order to memorize all the various numbers, figures in their respective functions.

It is not entirely the most friendly way to operate a camera but that was the best one can think of incorporating the many secondary features not often used in personal photography. So, it actually requires photographers to equip himself with a little technological knowledge in operating a digital device to enjoy all these added benefits. The equation most camera manufacturers provide to improve this weakness was to design the custom setting operation with a little fuzzy logic in otherwise, confusing navigation to operate custom function - something like how a hand phone or a digital watch works, so, it is not as bad as you thought it is supposedly to be. All you require is how to set a preferred function and how to come out without getting it wrong. Well, in a worst case scenario, you can still CLEAR whatever you cannot remembered by simply pressing the Custom Function Button and press the CLEAR button - this will revert back to default Factory Setting(s) - Good feature if you are the kind that always generously loaned your camera to friends or fellow photographers who may have itchy hands and fingers yeah ? I thought so...

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Setting a Custom Function 1 Turn on the camera. 2 Open the palm door and press the custom function button. A custom function number is displayed in the LCD panel.

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3 Turn the main dial to the left or right until the desired custom function number is displayed in the LCD panel.

4 Press the custom function button until the number corresponding to the desired setting for the selected custom function appears in the LCD panel. The number changes each time the custom function button is pressed.

Dots are displayed below the exposure scale to indicate custom function settings which have been selected. A dot below “-3” indicates that custom function No. 1 is set. Dots for other custom functions (Nos. 2 ~14) are displayed in sequence to the right of the “-3” position. You can check the custom function setting status at any time by pressing the custom function button to activate the status display.

5 Press the shutter button halfway to complete the setting and restore the LCD panel to the original display.

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Frankly, although the camera has a piece of foil printed with simple guide but if you have never operate a custom function before, it does little help as a guide. But as some of the CF settings do enhanced the EOS-1n, it is also justify to keep it memorize the few most frequently used numbers. How nice to have the setting printed in a credit card sized plastic card, huh ?

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Resetting a set Custom Function 1 To reset a custom function to the standard setting, select the custom function and then press the custom function button to change the number in the LCD panel to “0”.2 Press the shutter button halfway to complete the reset operation and restore the LCD panel to the original display.

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Resetting All Camera Functions Press the "CLEAR" Button only You can reset all of the camera’s functions (except for the custom functions) to their default settings by opening the palm door and pressing the clear button. After resetting, the camera’s functions are set as shown below:

clearALL.gif   • Shooting mode .............Program AE (P) mode
• AF mode........................One-shot AF
• Metering mode ..............Evaluative metering
• Film winding mode ..........Single exposure
• Custom functions...........Not affected
  Resetting All Custom Functions Press Custom Function Button "CF" first and then press the "CLEAR" Button

clearCF.gif   You can reset all of the custom functions to their initial (factory default) settings by by pressing the custom function button before pressing the clear button. By simply depressing the CLEAR button would not work - it serves another purpose (read explanation at left).
Note:- When custom function F-8 is set for center-weighted average metering instead of evaluative metering, and the metering mode is set to partial metering or spot metering, pressing the clear button will reset all of the camera functions except for the metering mode, which remains at the current setting.

So, what are the most desirable functions/Setting in the EOS-1n ? Oohs.. I respect a question but I don't think it matters - as the term "Custom" Function implies, these are merely user-enabled modified settings that permit someone to custom set up his/her EOS-1N to suit personal photography. But for the curious or the new owner of an used EOS-1n may ask. Well, some like to link it to a few much talked about settings during those days simply because they are also what the rivalries such as Nikon or Minolta lacks - for an example, Canon designed three combinations when you intend to link metering (evaluative or spot) to the focus point with CF-11. The Mirror Lock Up feature which has been missed on virtually all the FD-mount Canon bodies was another much discussed number - primarily one cannot just ignore the fact other than the pros, the second tier users which mainly comprise of serious amateurs may find it useful in popular applications such as extreme-close-up, duplication or even astro-photography. While some also think CF-4 is useful - but all these may just be boiled down to simply a personal preference where one cannot tell the others what to do best as camera handling is entirely a personal matter.

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Well, something that I felt can be improved upon was - the hidden palm door hosted other features such as battery check, drive mode selection, it is not that confusing to use, but strangely, the all important drive mode was also being assigned to be located here - possibly, the variable options in choosing drive modes was also inter linking with the custom function changes but I think this most frequently used camera control (for me) should be located on top panel instead.

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