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Using Mirror Lockup With Canon DSLRs

Mirror lockup is one of those features I use all the time. I even use it handheld at low shutter speed, not just on a tripod, because it helps eliminate mirror slap.

Canon does mirror lockup the right way— it’s an option, which means it applies whether you are shooting normally, or using the Self-timer. Get in the habit of using it, it is well worth it.

To enable/disable mirror lockup, use Custom Function III:

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