On the third day of Christmas…

I needed to update my camera for the new lens I got for Christmas…

if you were fortunate enough to get a new lens for your EOS camera for Christmas then you might want to take a look and see if your camera “knows” about the lens or not.

Your shiny new lens… it’s not perfect.

However Canon software engineers have the details of how to make the results with each lens look better than you can imagine. Most recent EOS cameras have a memory for up to 40 different lens profiles, and come from the factory with 25 – 30 pre-installed. You can remove some of the pre-installed lenses and add others.

Recently I found that the EOS 5D Mark III does not include the lens correction data for the recent EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM – lucky you if you got one of those as a gift.

How to check if your camera has lens correction data for your lenses?

So back in my real world, I’m using an old EF 14mm f/2.8L USM on the EOS 5D Mark III. It’s a nice wide-angle but not without it’s share of problems; vignetting for one!

lens correction not available

EF 14mm f/2.8L USM correction not available in EOS 5D Mark III by default

Put the lens on the camera and it’s detected, but not possible for the camera to apply correction data automatically. So now you need to go and install the Canon EOS Utility software, then put your new lens on the camera, and connect the camera to your computer.

Once EOS Utility starts select the lens camera settings or for older EOS Utility software versions choose camera settings / remote shooting.

eos utility lens correction

Right away the EOS Lens registration tool will appear, and you can add all the lenses you need to. However if the camera has an un-registered lens attached like the old EF 14mm f/2.8L USM then the software will automatically add it.

eos utility lens correction

Since the lens attached was not already registered the software automatically adds it

Now a quick look at the camera LCD and the EF 14mm f/2.8L USM correction data is in my camera. The most recent cameras like the EOS 7D Mark II also have a third option for distortion correction too.

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Lens correction info applies to JPEG images in the camera and can also be used when processing RAW images in-camera.

See you tomorrow for another in the 12 tips for Christmas…

All I want for Christmas is you…

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This is one of a series of twelve posts, inspired by the popular Christmas song The Twelve Days of Christmas. I’m giving all my blog readers a free tip for each of the twelve days.

About the twelve days of Christmas

The Twelve Days of Christmas start with Christmas Day and ends with the eve of Epiphany on January 5 th. The Twelve Days of Christmas dates back to English origins in the sixteenth century although the music is reputed to be French. The first publication date for The Twelve Days of Christmas (The 12 Days of Christmas) was 1780.

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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