Canon EOS 5D Mark III Instruction Manual (en)

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Exposure compensation can brighten (increased exposure) or darken 
(decreased exposure) the standard exposure set by the camera.
Exposure compensation can be set in the d/s/f shooting modes. 
Although you can set the exposure compensation up to ±5 stops in 1/3-
stop increments, the exposure compensation indicator in the viewfinder 
and on the LCD panel can only display the setting up to ±3 stops. If you 
want to set the exposure compensation setting beyond ±3 stops, you 
should use the Quick Control (p.49) or follow the instructions for [z2: 
Expo.comp./AEB
] on the next page.
1
Check the exposure level indicator.
 
Press the shutter button halfway (0) 
and check the exposure level indicator.
2
Set the exposure compensation 
amount.
 
While looking at the viewfinder or 
LCD panel, turn the <5> dial.
 
If it cannot be set, set the <R> 
switch to the left, then turn the <5> dial.
3
Take the picture.
 
To cancel the exposure 
compensation, set the exposure 
compensation amount back to <
E>.
Setting Exposure CompensationN
Increased exposure for a 
brighter image
Decreased exposure for a 
darker image
If [z2: Auto Lighting Optimizer] (p.144) is not set to [Disable], the image 
may still look bright even if a darker exposure compensation amount has been set.
 
The exposure compensation amount will remain in effect even after you 
set the power switch to <2>.
 
After setting the exposure compensation amount, you can set the 
<R> switch to the right to prevent the exposure compensation 
amount from changing accidentally.
 
If the exposure compensation amount exceeds ±3 stops, the end of the 
exposure level indicator will display <I> or <J>.