Shutter Speed Hack

Here’s a hack for ajusting the shutter speed:

Before going into live preview (movie preview mode setting) adjust the aperture to what ever you like then press and hold the DOF button whilst you press the lens release then turn the lens 2mm as if removing it.

Go into Live preview and point the camera at a strong light to get the ISO down to 100 and lock (hold) the camera ‘*’ settings. You can the adjust the shutter speed (depending on light levels).

You can press the ‘*’ to refresh the shutter range as you any have limited adjustments on the wheel.

You must have ISO 100 to get the fast shutter speeds.

Source (including Video) here

(I don’t know if it can harm the camera, therefor I don’t take any responsibility) 🙂

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2 Responses to “Shutter Speed Hack”


  1. 1 Tom Frisch February 19, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    So now it sounds like you can work around:
    variable ISO (with * locking it down)
    variable f-stop (with rotating the lens, or using non EF lenses)
    variable shutter speed with this newest hack

    So the only thing we REALLY need is 24/25P mode.
    It would be nice to have 60P, better audio input, etc, but
    24P (ideally 23.976) is the one BIG thing in my opinion.

    We are SO CLOSE

    -Tom

  2. 2 brett maxwell February 19, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Getting Canon’s Attention:

    Canon has certainly considered giving a firmware update with the features we want, but it all comes down to money, and someone must have decided they will make more (probably on a future 1D) by holding out.

    Solution? We hurt their sales. Although reviews at Amazon, B&H, etc are meant to inform the consumer, no doubt companies like Canon monitor them as well. If Canon noticed their 5DII drop from it’s comfy 4.5 stars on Amazon and B&H down to something like 3 stars, certainly that would get their attention and cause some fear in their checkbook. Then when they look a step deeper they see that all the 1 star reviews are complaining about the neutered video.

    Could it work? Maybe. What do you think? Can we get the idea out to the masses?


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