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EOS 5D4 AF Servo focus point display

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When I’m in single-shot mode I see a tiny red-outlined square thru my viewfinder corresponding to my selected focus point. This I like. However, when I shoot in AF Servo mode I don’t see that square. Is there a way to enable that? I would like to see that the focus is staying on my target as he/she is running in a race (that’s primarily when I used AF servo). Any help appreciated.
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Re: EOS 5D4 AF Servo focus point display

AI Focus is sort of like AI Servo, and it will give you the red square just like One Shot AF. 

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Re: EOS 5D4 AF Servo focus point display

Go to the AF tab section in the camera menu and then choose VF display illumination and there you will find the option to turn on AF point illumination during AI servo mode.

 

Rodger

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Re: EOS 5D4 AF Servo focus point display

Thanks so much for your quick reply! I haven’t tried AI Focus because I had heard that mode is not reliable. However, seeing your response I’ll try it.
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Re: EOS 5D4 AF Servo focus point display


@Bensflare wrote:
Thanks so much for your quick reply! I haven’t tried AI Focus because I had heard that mode is not reliable. However, seeing your response I’ll try it.

Rodger's correct response doesn't change the fact the you really shouldn't use AI Focus. It isn't a separate mode, per se. It just switches between One Shot and AI Servo based on sensed camera movement; and it doesn't always do it properly (in my experience).

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Re: EOS 5D4 AF Servo focus point display


@Bensflare wrote:
Hello
When I’m in single-shot mode I see a tiny red-outlined square thru my viewfinder corresponding to my selected focus point. This I like. However, when I shoot in AF Servo mode I don’t see that square. Is there a way to enable that? I would like to see that the focus is staying on my target as he/she is running in a race (that’s primarily when I used AF servo). Any help appreciated.

I believe if you reset the camera to factory defaults, then you will see this type of display in AI Servo mode.  All AF points will be enabled, though, which is okay.  The camera should always begin tracking with the center AF point.

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Re: EOS 5D4 AF Servo focus point display

You want the top choice in this menu, which should be the factory default setting.

 

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How AF points are displayed depends, of course, on which AF points you have enabled.  For example, you will NOT see a tracking display if you have only 1 AF point enabled.

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@wq9nsc wrote:

Go to the AF tab section in the camera menu and then choose VF display illumination and there you will find the option to turn on AF point illumination during AI servo mode.

 

Rodger


This is described on the very next page in the manual.  

 

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Select [AUTO] and [OFF] for these settings.  I find turning it {ON] to be distracting.  Try it for yourself.

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Re: EOS 5D4 AF Servo focus point display

@Waddizzle Thanks for that info. Which menu are you referring to?
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Re: EOS 5D4 AF Servo focus point display

@Bensflate
The screenshots show “AF5” at the top of the page, and the page number in the user manual at the bottom.
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