Canon EOS 5D Mark III Instruction Manual (en)

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: Setting the White BalanceN
You can set the white balance’s color temperature numerically in 
kelvins. This is for advanced users.
1
Select [White balance].
 
Under the [z2] tab, select [White 
balance
], then press <
0>.
2
Set the color temperature.
 
Turn the <5> dial to select [P].
 
Turn the <6> dial to set the color 
temperature, then press <
0>.
 
The color temperature can be set 
from approx. 2500K to 10000K in 
100K increments.
P
 Setting the Color Temperature
 
If the exposure obtained in step 1 differs greatly from the standard 
exposure, a correct white balance may not be obtained.
 
In step 3, the following images cannot be selected: images captured 
while the Picture Style was set to [Monochrome], multiple-exposure 
images, and images taken with another camera.
 
Instead of a white object, an 18% gray card (commercially available) can 
produce a more accurate white balance.
 
The personal white balance registered with the provided software will be 
registered under <O>. If you execute step 3, the data for the registered 
personal white balance will be erased.
 
When setting the color temperature for an artificial light source, set white 
balance correction (magenta or green) as necessary.
 
If you set <P> to the reading taken with a commercially-available color 
temperature meter, take test shots and adjust the setting to compensate 
for the difference between the color temperature meter’s reading and the 
camera’s color temperature reading.