Custom controls to access EOS 6D flash exposure compensation

Making EOS 6D flash exposure compensation accessible

EOS 6D doesn’t have a built-in flash and also has taken an approach of a single function to each of the push buttons on the top plate. The result is that flash exposure compensation is not so easy to find, and for me this is a control I use quite a lot for creative reasons.

As standard the two options to access it are:

Standard options for setting flash exposure compensation from the quick control display and from the External Speedlite flash menu

Setting flash exposure compensation from the quick control display & External Speedlite flash menu

  • You can set flash exposure compensation from the quick control screen. You have to press the Q button and then navigate to the flash exposure compensation option, press SET and dial in the amount.
  • Even more convoluted is to go to the External Speedlite control menu and then navigate to Flash function settings then move round the display to the flash exposure compensation icon, press SET and dial in the amount.

To be honest I’m not in love with the rear multi-controller mounted inside the quick control dial. I prefer the joystick on the EOS 5D Mark III.

Custom controls for flash exposure compensation

assign flash exposure compensation to SET button

Fortunately there is a third way, using the  Custom Controls from either the quick control screen or from custom function III-5 you can assign flash exposure compensation to the SET button that is right in the middle of the quick control dial. Having done so then flash exposure compensation adjustment takes a press of the SET button and a turn of either the quick control dial (rear), the main control dial (front) or even the multi-controller. Make sure to press the SET button after making changes or the changes are lost.

To me it’s still a bit of a problem that the flash exposure compensation is not visible in the camera viewfinder when setting it, or once set. In fact unless you check the flash exposure compensation from the quick control screen there’s no indication of it being set on the camera or in the viewfinder at all.

EOS 6D quick control display showing flash exposure compensation set on Speedlite 600EX-RT

EOS 6D quick control display shows flash exposure compensation set on Speedlite