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AR focus with out flash

Kolourl3lind
Enthusiast

Is there a way to use the red AR focus light on the 600ex with a canon 6D or T3i without activating the flash?

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cicopo
Elite

Maybe by turning it on, setting the AF with a half press to the shutter button, & then turn the flash off to take the photo.

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TCampbell
Elite

Yes.

 

On your 6D (or any camera that does not have a built-in pop-up flash), use the menu, navigate to "External Speedlite Control" -> "Flash firing" -> "Disable"

 

See page 172 of your Canon 6D Manual. 

 

Also note that the pattern works best on the center AF point.  If a peripheral AF point isn't locking focus, switch to the center point.  This will be particularly true when using wide angle lenses (being wide angle, the AF beam will seem to only appear in the center of the frame because the frame has a much wider angle of view than the spread of the AF beam.)

 

On a T3i (or any camera with a built-in pop-up flash) the menu for "External speedlite control" is named simply "Flash control". So you'll navigate to "Flash Control" -> "Flash Firing" -> "Disable".

 

See page 180 of your Canon T3i Manual.

 

Tim Campbell
5D III, 5D IV, 60Da
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