How to set a custom white balance on the EOS 5D. Mk II

Article ID: ART103683 | Date published: 05/11/2015 | Date last updated: 11/04/2015


How to set a custom white balance on the EOS 5D. Mk II


Custom white balance enables you to manually set the white balance for a specific light source for better accuracy. Do this procedure under the actual light source to be used.

1 Photograph a white object.
  • The plain, white object should fill the spot metering circle.
  • Focus manually and set the standard exposure for the white object.
  • You can set any white balance.

2 Select [Custom WB].

  • Under the [] tab, select [Custom WB], then press <>.
  • The custom white balance selection screen will appear.

3 Import the white balance data.

  • Turn the <> or <> dial to select the image captured in step 1, then press <>.
  • On the dialog screen which appears, select [OK] and the data will be imported.

4 Press the button. ()

  • After exiting the menu, press the <> button.

5 Select the custom white balance.

  • Look at the LCD panel and turn the <> dial to select <>.
  • If the exposure obtained in step 1 is way off, a correct white balance might not be obtained.
  • If the image was captured while the Picture Style was set to [Monochrome], it cannot be selected in step 3.
  • Instead of a white object, an 18% gray card (commercially available) can produce a more accurate white balance.
  • The personal white balance registered with the provided software will be registered under <>. If you do step 3, the data for the registered personal white balance will be erased.
  • If the ISO is set to H1 or H2, a message will appear when setting the Custom White Balance indicating that "Correct WB may not be obtained with the selected image."



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