How to set exposure compensation on the EOS 20D and EOS 5D and EOS 30D.

Article ID: ART161227 | Date published: 06/09/2015 | Date last updated: 11/04/2015


How to set exposure compensation on the EOS 20D and EOS 5D and EOS 30D.


Exposure compensation is used to alter the camera's standard exposure setting. You can make the image look lighter (increased exposure) or darker (decreased exposure). The exposure compensation amount can be set up to +/- 2 stops in 1/3-stop increments.

-1. Turn the Mode Dial to any Creative Zone mode except <M>.
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 <> 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 to <>.

-4. Shoot.
  • The exposure compensation amount will remain in effect even after you turn the Power switch to <OFF>.
  • If the standard exposure setting is 1/125 sec. and f/8.0, setting the exposure compensation amount to plus or minus one stop will be the same as setting the shutter speed or aperture value as follows:

  • Take care not to turn the <> dial and change the exposure compensation inadvertently. To prevent this, turn the <> switch to <ON>.



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