A note for fellow owners of the Canon 1Dx — but in general, for all others too: it always pays to learn your camera inside out.
You use your camera by looking through the viewfinder only, as you are shooting. That is the way to do it quickly and, if you will, professionally. Never take your eye off.
The problem is that you can change aperture and shutter and instantly see the meter move, without taking your eye from the viewfinder. But ISO? You need to find a button, and while you adjust the ISO value, the meter display goes away. So finding the right exposure by adjusting ISO is an iterative process: trial and error. Takes time. Not professional.
Until you know the camera!
- Go to the Quick menu (“Q”)
- In that, navigate to the bottom right option, “Custom Controls“.
- In that screen, go to the SET Button.
- Adjust it to Set ISO Speed (hold btn, turn wheel).
Now to set ISO while looking through the viewfinder, you simply press the SET button and turn the front wheel. ISO adjusts and the meter still displays throughout the process. Problem solved!
Owners of a 5D MkIII: is it the same? Other cameras: same?
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Yes, it’s same in 5D Mk III and I use it all the time.