The EOS 7D Mark II has super quick access to Speedlite flash settings

Speedlite flash settings fast

EOS cameras since 2007 have included a menu item to allow photographers to set the functions of the Speedlite flash on the camera in addition to on the flash. I often use the camera LCD menu to setup my Speedlite flash at the start of a shoot and then use the controls on the flash during the shoot to finesse my settings. The trouble is that it’s quite a number of menu steps to locate the Speedlite settings menu.

 

The EOS 7D Mark II makes using the flash settings menu much quicker 🙂

EOS 7D Mark II direct access to flash menu

EOS 7D Mark II flash button raises the built-in flash and is a shortcut to the flash settings menu

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Not just fast access, but smart too

Using the flash button the camera is smart too, it knows if you have an external Speedlite or not and will display the relevant subsection of the flash setting menu.

Built-in flash only

Direct access to built-in Speedlite settings

Direct access to built-in Speedlite settings

If there is no flash on the camera hotshoe a single press of the flash button will raise the built-in flash, and then a second press of the button will display the flash settings menu on the camera LCD.

Note: simulated EOS 7D Mark II screenshot

Speedlite on the camera

Direct access to external Speedlite settings

Direct access to external Speedlite settings

If there is a Speedlite on the camera hotshoe a single press of the flash button will display the flash settings menu.

Note: screenshot taken from EOS 5D Mark III

 

I’m waiting to get a full production level EOS 7D Mark II at the moment, but as I have been studying the manual for weeks now I have already learnt plenty about the new camera.

 

 

 

 

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Full-time photo tutor and photographer. I love to share my knowledge and skills to make photos, videos and teach others. I write books and articles for photo magazines and I always have at least one Speedlite flash in my camera bag