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Guide to New Features on the EOS M5 #5: Panning Mode and BULB shooting

With the EOS M5, shooting is made even easier with features such as Panning mode and bulb exposures for capturing light trails and fireworks. Let’s find out more about these two new shooting modes. (Reported by: Kazuo Nakahara)


Panning made easy for everyone

Panning is the technique of blurring the background while freezing the moving subject. It requires advanced skill, so it is not easy to use this technique successfully without practice. However, the EOS M5 features a Panning mode that allows you to take these otherwise-difficult shots with ease.

In this mode, the camera automatically sets the shutter speed based on the panning speed and focal length of the lens. You can select from the 3 panning effect levels: “Min.”, “Med.” and “Max.”. This feature allows anyone to enjoy feature-packed panning with ease by simply placing the subject in the frame (the position is adjustable) that appears on the screen, and moving the camera along with the subject.

Just set the panning effect and let the camera do the rest!
EOS M5/ EF-M18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM/ FL: 57mm (91mm equivalent)/ Scene mode: Panning (f/5.6, 1/40 sec, EV+0.7)/ ISO 160/ WB: Auto
This shot was taken with the panning effect set to “Max.”. All I had to do after that was place the subject in the frame, move the camera and release the shutter.


How to set to Panning mode

1. Set the shooting mode to Scene mode.


2. Press the [Quick Set menu] button.


3. Touch Panning mode.


4. Move the camera with the subject in the AF frame to complete the shot.


Tip: Use a lens compatible with Panning mode to further reduce subject blurring

All types of lenses can be used with Panning mode. However, a lens compatible with the mode will be able to use the image information to detect the movement of the subject and therefore reduce subject blurring. The EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM is compatible with Panning mode if the firmware is upgraded to Ver 2.0.0.

To check the lens version, select "firmware Ver." in Function Setting Menu 4.


[Compatible lenses]

EF-M18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM


EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM


A wired remote switch provides peace of mind for bulb exposures

One of the reasons why the EOS M5 is a full-fledged camera is that it is equipped with a remote switch terminal.

On the EOS M3, it is possible to shoot remotely using the RC-6 remote controller, although it would have been more convenient if the remote control receiver had been located somewhere else other than the current position in front. With the EOS M5, you can use the highly reliable wired connection of the RS-60E3 with peace of mind, such as when frequently using bulb exposures when shooting fireworks.

The RS-60E3 has a lock mechanism, so it is effective even for bulb exposures with a slow shutter speed exceeding 30 seconds. It is also handy for shooting light trails of cars or stars.

Use bulb exposures to depict light trails!
EOS M5/ EF-M15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM/ FL: 15mm (24mm equivalent)/ Manual exposure (f/22, 180 sec)/ ISO 100 /WB: Auto
Shot using an extremely slow shutter speed of 180 seconds. I used the remote switch to release the shutter.


How to shoot with bulb exposures

1. Set the shooting mode to Manual Exposure.


2. Use the Main Dial to set the shutter speed to "BULB".


3. Turn the sub-dial to set the aperture value.


4. Using the remote switch, press and hold the shutter button for the length of time you want to set the exposure for. The exposure time will be displayed at the bottom of the screen.


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EF-M18-150mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM

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Kazuo Nakahara


Born in Hokkaido in 1982, Nakahara turned to photography after working at a chemical manufacturing company. He majored in photography at the Vantan Design Institute and is a lecturer for photography workshops and seminars, in addition to working in commercial photography. He is also a representative of the photography information website studio9.



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