How to set exposure compensation on the EOS 5D Mk II

Article ID: ART104791 | Date published: 05/11/2015 | Date last updated: 11/04/2015


How to set exposure compensation on the EOS 5D Mk II


Exposure compensation is used to alter the standard exposure set by the camera. You can make the image look brighter (increased exposure) or darker (decreased exposure). You can set the exposure compensation up to +/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments.
1 Set the Mode Dial to P, Tv or Av

2 Check the exposure level indicator.

  • Press the shutter button halfway and check the exposure level indicator.

3 Set the exposure compensation amount.

  • Set the power switch to <>, and while looking at the viewfinder or LCD panel, turn the <> dial.
  • Turn the <> dial while pressing the shutter button halfway or within () after pressing the shutter button halfway.
  • To cancel the exposure compensation, set the exposure compensation amount back to <>.

4 Take the picture.

If [C.Fn II -4: Auto Lighting Optimizer] is set to a setting other than [3: Disable], the image may look bright even if a decreased exposure compensation or flash exposure compensation has been set.

  • The exposure compensation amount will remain in effect even after you set the power switch to <OFF>.
  • Take care not to turn the <> dial and change the exposure compensation inadvertently. To prevent this, set the power switch to <ON>.
  • The exposure compensation can also be set with [ Expo. comp./ AEB] menu



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