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7D Focusing Issues??? ANYONE
Marvin Gentry, Photographer
Birmingham | AL | USA | Posted: 12:07 AM on 01.28.10
->> I Bought a 7D at the end of last year and have been shooting with it along with my Mark IIN's and I am having some serious fucusing issues. I set the camera up like the other post stated and my editor told me to go back to my MKIIn's. I am wondering if Anyone else is having any issues or did I just get a bad one. I plan on calling the store where I bought it in the morning and see if they can get a rep to call me about it. Any input would be greatly appreciated. It looks like its the same problem as the MK III's. It does it on actions as well as slow or standing still subjects.
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Chris Large, Photographer
Okotoks | AB | Canada | Posted: 12:47 AM on 01.28.10
->> I've used the 7d in all sorts of situations - all af modes, dark... light and in between and it has performed flawlessly. No focus issues whatsoever,

I've had almost every body they have put out in the last 10 yrs and I'm sold on this one. Major bang for the buck.

Chris
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Neil Turner, Photographer
Bournemouth | UK | United Kingdom | Posted: 7:04 AM on 01.28.10
->> Me too, the focusing on the 7D is very quick and very accurate. It sounds like you have a rogue example.

Neil
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Monty Rand, Photographer
Bangor | ME | USA | Posted: 7:14 AM on 01.28.10
->> Mine is awesome as well.
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Marvin Gentry, Photographer
Birmingham | AL | USA | Posted: 8:05 AM on 01.28.10
->> So are any of you shooting SPORTS espcially college basketball??
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Jim Prisching, Photographer
Chicago | IL | USA | Posted: 8:56 AM on 01.28.10
->> Try turning focus search to Off and use single point instead of the expanded focus points. For some reason the expanded focus points work very good on football, but makes the autofocus very jittery on basketball.
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Jason Joseph, Photographer
Dublin | OH | USA | Posted: 9:04 AM on 01.28.10
->> Marvin,
It is kind of hard to tell b/c the images are pretty small, but the photos on my member page are of HS basketball in a college arena. To be fair, the players are some of the top players in the country currently, so it is like watching college teams. I used 2 7D's, both were ISO 1600 f/2.8 1/800 for all of the games. I have been questioning the focus capabilities of my bodies for a while now and I finally think that they are at a point that I am good with them. Plain and simply they took some getting used to.
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Neil Turner, Photographer
Bournemouth | UK | United Kingdom | Posted: 9:37 AM on 01.28.10
->> ->> So are any of you shooting SPORTS espcially college basketball??

The funny thing is that I haven't shot sports for many years and in the last few weeks I have had to remember how it was done to shoot no less than three lots of sport. The first was tennis indoors and the 7D was great. The second was a mad game of Polo using Segways where the 7D was also good. The third was skiing which doesn't stress AF anyway. So the answer is "yes" to sports in poor light but no to basketball but the interesting thing is that I might as well be a novice for all of the experience that I could bring to the jobs (last time I shot sport for real was using manual focus 300mm f2.8 on a Nikon f4s).
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Dan Powers, Photographer
Appleton | WI | USA | Posted: 10:00 AM on 01.28.10
->> Canon lent me a 7D to use for about a week and I shot prep basketball with it a couple times. The focus was dead on. I think Jim Prisching's advice is very good regarding focus...Dan.
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Chad Greene, Photographer, Photo Editor
Knoxville | TN | USA | Posted: 10:28 AM on 01.28.10
->> I have not had any issues with mine either. You might want to slow down the focus speed, basketball does not move so fast and it can get jumpy even at the default focus speed.
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Dan Leitch, Photographer
New Hope | MN | USA | Posted: 10:47 AM on 01.28.10
->> I bought one back in October, was very happy with it for the next few months shooting outdoors especially the focus. In December I shot hockey and basketball and noticed soft images. I shoot a Mark IIN as well so could to some comparisons. Did some further testing outdoors on nordic skiing and had never thrown away so many shots from any camera. In further testing to see if it was a lens issue I tested with a couple of IS lenses and discovered the IS would not turn on when paired with this body. Also had intermittent times when the camera would not respond to the controls.

Sent to Canon about 2 weeks ago, they electronically adjusted the focus and fixed a loose connection. It now works with an IS lens, focus seems to be working better but I've only tested it on a couple of basketball games (high school) and some nordic ski. The skiing was low contrast on a cloudy day, did better than before the fix but still seeing some soft focus and missed focus. I checked them in Zoom Browser to make sure my focus point was on target and it was. Also shot team and individual work with it and it was very sharp.

I was happy with the camera, now I am not quite as convinced. The JPEG files do seem to not hold up as well at high ISO. I've been doing some poster work with large files and I am not real happy with how they are turning out compared to Mark IIN files under the same conditions.

Yes I do use center point focus and have set up the CF's. Just trying to offer up my experience with the camera. Mine could very well turn out like yours, a "rouge" example. Time will tell.
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Adam Brimer, Photographer, Assistant
Knoxville | TN | USA | Posted: 11:01 AM on 01.28.10
->> I had trouble shooting in really really low light with a borrowed 7D at a corporate Christmas party / dance. It just wouldn't find the subject very well. I had to rely on my 5D MK2 which did the trick every time.

It could have been a "rogue" body or the firmware wasn't up to date. I don't know. Aside from that one bad-ish experience the camera has been really awesome the times I've used it. I will be getting one of my own for sure. I'm just saying it didn't perform as well as the 5D MK2 in a super low light situation.
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Robert Benson, Photographer
San Diego | Ca | USA | Posted: 2:46 PM on 01.28.10
->> I had a 7d and returned it after three shoots. Images were "softish". There's entire threads about this issue at cinema5d.com....
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Al Goldis, Photographer
East Lansing | MI | USA | Posted: 5:22 PM on 01.28.10
->> I thought the AF on my 7D (which I just sold) was generally better than my Mark IIn. I wasn't too impressed with the 7D initially but that was because I had it set to single point focus. Once I turned on AF point expansion, it was great.

Except for some reason, my 7D and 70-200IS didn't seem to get along too well, but with any other lens I think the AF was better than a IIn. My 70-200 is long overdue for an overhaul, though.

The 7D with a 24-105 was an especially nice combo for college basketball with strobes.
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Matthew Sauk, Photographer
Sandy | UT | United States | Posted: 5:46 PM on 01.28.10
->> no issues at all with my 7D, images are tac sharp and focus is outstanding.

This is using it indoors in cave like gyms to outdoors shooting football.
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Jonathan Nimerfroh, Photographer
Philadelphia | PA | USA | Posted: 1:52 PM on 01.30.10
->> Jim Prisching -

How do you turn focus search to Off?

I also recently bought two 7D's and that have worked fantastic! They replaced my 20Ds.

Thanks
- JON
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Max Waugh, Photographer
Bothell | WA | USA | Posted: 2:03 PM on 01.30.10
->> Jonathan, it's Custom Function III:4
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Jonathan Nimerfroh, Photographer
Philadelphia | PA | USA | Posted: 2:23 PM on 01.30.10
->> Thank you Max!
- Jonathan
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Mark Cornelison, Photographer
Lexington | KY | U.S.A. | Posted: 3:10 PM on 01.30.10
->> I have been shooting University of Kentucky basketball as well as the AFC Championship with 7D's and it had done awesome! So glad not to have to deal with my Mark III's! I had an option to borrow a Mark IV for the AFC title game and passed on it because the 7D's were so nice. Only mishap I had was reaching down to get my 70-200 and the knob had switched over to BULB!! I say user error there but still a lesson learned!

We have Mark IV's ordered but the 7D is great and I have high expectations for the Mark IV as well!
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Mark Cornelison, Photographer
Lexington | KY | U.S.A. | Posted: 3:37 PM on 01.30.10
->> Just posted a bunch of shots I did with the Canon 7D the last few weeks on my member page if anyone is interested.
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John Vanacore, Photographer
North Haven | CT | | Posted: 3:57 PM on 01.30.10
->> Sorry for a being a bit off topic, but those shooting sports with 7d's. Do you ever hit the pop up flash release by accident? That is to say, do you make the flash pop... This used to happen to me all the time using my D700's. That is one of the reasons, i got rid of my D700's.
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Matthew Sauk, Photographer
Sandy | UT | United States | Posted: 8:26 PM on 01.30.10
->> John,

I have yet to do it (knock on wood lol)
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Marvin Gentry, Photographer
Birmingham | AL | USA | Posted: 9:50 PM on 01.31.10
->> Ok everyone : I want to thank you for all your help with this matter. I believe its my 70-200 non is version not jiving with the camera. I have gotten an error message between the 2 of them now. I am going to send the 70-200 off and get it checked out to see what the problem might be. Again Thanks
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