Adjusting focus on the EOS C500 Mark II

Article ID: ART176477 | Date published: 02/03/2020 | Date last updated: 02/04/2020


In CAMERA mode, the camera offers the following ways to focus, depending on the lens used. The camera incorporates Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology for advanced autofocus performance with compatible lenses.
Refer to the list of compatible lenses and functions that can be used HERE.
You can also adjust the focus remotely using Browser Remote on a connected network device.



Manual focus: Turn the focus ring on the lens to adjust the focus. The camera offers several focus assistance functions to help you focus more accurately when using the manual focus.

One-Shot AF*: You will be able to focus manually but still have the option to press the ONE-SHOT AF button to let the camera focus automatically once on the subject inside the AF frame.

AF-Boosted MF*: Focus manually most of the way and let the camera finish focusing automatically.

Continuous AF*: The camera automatically keeps the subject inside the AF frame in focus at all times. You can use the AF lock function to change the compostion of the picture while keeping the focus on the selected spot.

Face AF*: The camera automatically detects a person's face, focuses on it and can track it if that person moves.

Tracking*: After you select a subject, the camera keeps focusing it and tracks the subject if it moves.

Note that some methods allow you to operate aspects of the focus by touching the LCD screen.

* Not available when a manual focus lens is attached to the camera.

Focusing methods and required settings

Focusing method Focus mode switch on an EF lens1 AF mode2
Manual focus Focus ring MF ---
AF3 [One Shot]
Browser Remote AF
One-shot AF ONE-SHOT AF button AF [One Shot]
Browser Remote
AF-Boosted MF Focus ring →
Camera (automatic)
AF [AF-Boosted MF]
Browser Remote →
Camera (automatic)
Continuous AF Automatic
(camera or Browser Remote)
AF [Continuous]
Face AF4/Tracking5 Camera or Browser Remote AF ---
1 For the necessary settings on compatible EF cinema lenses and broadcast lenses, see the following table.
2 MENU > [ Camera Setup] > [AF Mode].
3 Depending on the lens, the focus ring may be disabled when the focus mode switch is set to AF.
4 MENU > [ Camera Setup] > [Face Detection].
5 To activate tracking, set an assignable button to [Tracking] and press the button.

Required settings on EF Cinema lenses and broadcast lenses

To adjust the focus from the camera, you will need to change the focus mode using the controls on the lens.
Required settings vary depending on the lens. Refer to the following table and the instruction manual of the lens used.
Lens Part used on the lens Setting for automatic
Setting for manual
CN7x17 KAS S/E1, CN7x17 KAS S/P1,
CN20x50 IAS H/E1, CN20x50 IAS H/P1,
compatible broadcast lenses.
Focus operation
change-over knob
CN-E18-80mm T4.4 L IS KAS S,
CN-E70-200mm T4.4 L IS KAS S
Autofocus/Manual Focus
change-over switch

Manual Focus

Focus manually using the focus ring on the lens.
  1. Select MENU > [ Camera Setup] > [AF Mode] > [One Shot].
    • On an EF lens, you can set the lens's focus mode switch to MF. On a compatible EF Cinema/broadcast lens, you can enable manual adjustment on the lens.
  2. Turn the focus ring to adjust the focus.


  • With some EF lenses, you may be able to operate the focus ring even when the focus mode switch is set to AF.
  • If you operate the zoom after focusing, the focus on the subject may be lost.
  • If you focus manually and then leave the camera with the power turned on, the focus on the subject may be lost after a while. This possible slight shift in focus is a result of the internal temperature rising in the camera and lens. Check the focus before resuming shooting.
  • When adjusting the focus, be careful not to touch the front of the lens or moving parts on th elens except for the focus ring.
  • When an optional RC-V100 Remote Controller is connected to the camera, you can adjust the focus with the remote controller's FOCUS dial. At default settings, turn the dial right to focus farther and left to focus nearer.

Using the Focus Assistance Functions

In order to focus more accurately, you can use the following focus assistance functions: dual Pixel Focus Guide, an onscreen guide that shows you if the selected subject is in focus; peaking, which creates a clearer contrast by emphasizing the outlines of the subject; and magnification, which enlarges the image on the screen. You can use peaking and the focus guide or peaking and magnification simultaneously for greater effect.

Focus guide
The focus guide gives you an intuitive visual indication of the current focus distance and the direction and amount of adjustment necessary to bring the selected subject into full focus. When used in combination with face detection, the guide will focus on the vicinity of the eyes of th eperson detected as the main subject.
  1. Set the focus mode switch on the lens to MF.
    • On a compatible EF Cinema/broadcast lens, enable manual adjustment on the lens.
    •  will appear on the left of the screen.
  2. Press the FOCUS GUIDE button to display the focus guide.
    • If you are not using the camera grip, you can set an assignable button to [Focus Guide].
    • Alternatively, you can use the MENU > [ Assistance Functions] > [Focus Guide] setting to turn the focus guide on and off.
  3. Touch the point where you want to focus on the LCD screen to move the focus guide.
    • You can also use the joystick or SELECT dial to move the focus guide's frame. Press the CANCEL button to return the focus guide's frame to the center of the screen.
    • You can set MENU > [ Assistance Functions] > [Focus Guide 2nd Frame] to [On] to display a second focus frame. Press SET to move the focus guide between the two focus frames.
  4. Adjust the focus manually as necessary.
    • When the focus guide turns green, the subject is correctly focused.


  • With subjects or in situations where autofocus may not work well, the focus guide may not work correctly.
  • The focus guide cannot be used in the following cases:
    • While the focus is being adjusted automatically using one-shot AF, AF-Boosted MF or continuous AF.
    • When the aperture value used is F13 or larger.
    • When a manual focus lens is attached to the camera, except for compatible EF Cinema lenses.
  • When the focus guide and face detection functions are used together, the focus guide may not focus the main subject's eyes correctly, depending on the direction in which the face is turned.

The camera offers two peaking levels.

  1. Press the PEAKING button.
    • The peaking icon ( or ) appears on the left of the screen and outlines (contour lines) in the image that are in focus will be shown highlighted.
    • Press the button again to turn off peaking.
    • Alternatively, you can use the MENU > [ Assistance Functions] > [Peaking: Video Term.], [Peaking: EVF-V50] and [Peaking: MON./HDMI] to turn the peaking function on/off separately on the LCD screen, an optional viewfinder or external monitors, respectively.
  2. To change the peaking level, select MENU > [ Assistance Functions] > [Peaking] > [Peaking 1] or [Peaking 2].


  1. Press the MAGN. button.
    •  appears on the left of the screen and the center of the screen* is magnified 5 times.
    • The orange frame displayed on the top right of the screen (magnification frame) shows the approximate part of the image shown magnified.
    • Press SET to switch back and forth between 5x and 10x magnification.
  2. If necessary, use the joystick to move around the magnification frame and check other parts of the image.
    • You can also drag your finger across the LCD screen to move the frame.
    • Press the CANCEL button to return the magnification frame to the center position.
    • Press the MAGN. button again to cancel the magnification.
      * If one of the AF frames or a face detection frame is displayed on the screen, the area around the active frame will be magnified instead.


  • About Peaking/Magnification:
    • ​You can use the MENU > [ Assistance Functions] > [Peaking 1] and [Peaking 2] settings to set the color, gain and frequency of the two peaking levels independently of each other.
    • You can use the MENU > [ Assistance Functions] > [Magn. Output] setting to select where to show the magnified image (the 

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