Canon EOS 5D Mark III Instruction Manual (en)

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 Using the Self-timer
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Press the <o> button. 
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2
Select the self-timer.
 
While looking at the LCD panel, turn 
the <5> dial to select the self-timer.
Q : 10-sec. self-timer
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2-sec. self-timer
3
Take the picture.
 
Look through the viewfinder, focus the subject, 
then press the shutter button completely.
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You can check the self-timer operation with the 
self-timer lamp, beeper, and countdown display 
(in seconds) on the LCD panel.
X
Two seconds before the picture is 
taken, the self-timer lamp will stay on 
and the beeper will sound faster.
 
If <B> or <M> is set, the time lag from when you press the shutter 
button completely until the picture is taken will be longer than normal.
 
When the battery level is low, the continuous shooting speed may become slightly slower.
 
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: The maximum continuous shooting speed of approx. 6 shots/sec. 
is attained under the following conditions*: At 1/500 sec. or faster shutter 
speed, and at the maximum aperture (varies depending on the lens). The 
continuous shooting speed may be slower depending on the shutter 
speed, aperture, subject conditions, brightness, lens type, flash use, etc.
* With the AF mode set to One-Shot AF and the Image Stabilizer turned off when 
using the following lenses: EF300mm f/4L IS USM, EF28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, 
EF75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM, EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM.
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 Using the Self-timer
Use the self-timer when you want to be in the picture.