Tutorial: Silent Shooting Mode on the Canon 5D mark iii

October 11, 2012 · 5 comments

in Documentary,Equipment,Product Reviews,Tutorials

One of the (many) improvements on the Canon 5D mark iii, is the Silent shooting mode. This may sound like useless function, but if you shoot stills on film sets or at the theatre, or want to be less distracting as a wedding photographer during the ceremony, you’ll see the major advantage of this function, as the silent shooting mode is considerably quieter than the normal shooting mode.

To change to Silent Shooting Mode, press the AF Drive button, and then while looking at the LCD panel on top of the camera, turn the dial at the back of the camera until you see a box icon with “S” next to it. This mode allows you to take a single shot when you press the shutter completely.

I prefer the Silent Continuous Shooting Mode, as this allows you to take a burst of up to three shots per second while keeping your finger pressed on the shutter. To select Silent Continuous Shooting Mode, press the AF Drive button, and then while looking at the LCD panel on top of the camera, turn the dial at the back of the camera until you see an icon of stacked boxes with “S” next to it.

To make this function more effective, turn off the focus beep. To do this, press the Menu button, and in Shooting 1 (the red section), select Beep, and then select “Disable”.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Raven August 15, 2015 at 9:11 pm

I use my 5D for taking photos of birds and the silent shooting mode comes in very handy. It can mean the difference between getting that perfect shot and watching the bird fly away.

Reynardt June 30, 2016 at 5:43 am

This function is not on either of my 5Dii. Not sure what version you have.

rikkihibbert July 12, 2016 at 3:40 pm

Hi Reynardt, this is only available on the mark iii, and not the mark ii.

Lauri Dailey July 17, 2016 at 12:04 am

I did have to go to the second set of directions, i.e.: red section, Beep instructions, but that worked like a charm! Now, I won’t wake the sleeping newborn on my shoot tomorrow.

Thank you.

Debra Freeman February 5, 2017 at 10:38 pm

I am so grateful for your help! I had been using silent mode for at least a year and then all of a sudden, after my 3 year old great-grandson left …. horror I just want to thank you now my newborns will not startle anymore!

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