seven swans a swimming

On the seventh day of Christmas…

Seven swans a swimming… that swimming feeling you get when you know there’s feature of your camera but you can’t remember where in the menu you last saw it.

Today i’m going to tell you about your camera’s My Menu function.

My Menu - EOS 5D Mark III

This is the current My Menu on my EOS 5D Mark III

My Menu is a menu that you configure on your camera to have the menu items you need to access most often. You can have just six items on the My Menu, unless you have an EOS 7D Mark II [lucky you].

Using my EOS 5D Mark III as an example above, you can see that I have five items registered in my camera. This keeps the last item free to add one additional setting that might be appropriate for a specific shoot.

Setting up your My Menu

My Menu settings

My Menu settings

Simply jump along to the last green tab on the camera menu.

you can jump along the tab groups fast by pressing the Q button

You then need to register the items you need from the l…o…n…g list provided by your camera. Once you have registered you can shuffle the order with the Sort. 

Since I usually format a card at the start of each shoot then this is the one function I use a lot on my cameras – it’s almost always at the top of my list.

You can set the My Menu to display every time you press the MENU button on your camera by choosing the Display from My Menu option. I tend not to do this and will jump quickly to the green My Menu tab using the Q button if needed.

EOS 7D Mark II – Supercharging My Menu

My Menu settings

My Menu settings – EOS 7D Mark II

The EOS 7D Mark II has taken the My Menu concept a lot further than any other camera yet, you can create multiple My Menu tabs, plus you can name them. Once you have created a bunch of My Menu tabs you can choose to hide all the other menus completely. Ideal if you need to focus on specific functions only for the shoot. Make sure to check out my EOS 7D Mark II post on the My Menu.

I can’t see the My Menu?

You will need to get the camera off auto to see the green tabbed My Menu

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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About the author

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