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Canon 7D setting for sports
Joel Lerner, Photographer
Skokie | IL | USA | Posted: 2:59 PM on 09.29.10
->> Does anyone have the definitive settings for autofocus for action photography for the 7D? I don't expect it to be a Mark VI, but I'll bet I can squeeze a little more out of it.
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Charles Baus, Photographer
Palm Springs, Los Angeles | CA | USA | Posted: 3:50 PM on 09.29.10
->> What worked best for me was to take the camera, put in back in the box and return to store.
I tried everything and my 7D couldn't keep focus on anything. I really wanted it to work but had to stay with the 1D series.

I know there are people that really like the 7D for sports, but the one I had was a dog.
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Randy Sartin, Photographer, Assistant
Knoxville | TN | USA | Posted: 4:18 PM on 09.29.10
->> http://www.sportsshooter.com/message_display.html?tid=34832

Only thing I do different is crank the sharpening way up when shooting Jpeg
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Nuno Gonçalves, Photographer
Braga | Portugal | | Posted: 4:44 PM on 09.29.10
->> Joel, I have one 7D and I'm using the same settings of Diana. For me it works on perfection... I'm 100% satisfied with my 7D! And I shoot all kind of sports in all kind of light conditions.
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Paul Stackhouse, Photographer
Cary | NC | USA | Posted: 6:33 PM on 09.29.10
->> Good description of all 7D custom functions at: http://cpn.canon-europe.com/content/education/technical/eos_7D_custom_funct...
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N. Scott Trimble, Photographer
Lake Oswego | OR | USA | Posted: 8:03 PM on 09.29.10
->> I ALWAYS PUT MINE ON MK IV...

; P
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Jim Redman, Photo Editor, Photographer
Austin | TX | USA | Posted: 9:54 PM on 09.29.10
->> I found this a while back on a Texas Photo Forum and send to all of out photographers that have the 7D. I hear they are great.. Though I would probably bump the sharpening up a littler more.

Picture Style - Standard (but sharpness upped to 4)

C.Fn III: Autofocus Drive
1 - AI Servo tracking Sensitivity: Set to -1
2 - AI Servo 1st/2nd img priority - Set to 0 - AF priority/Tracking Priority
3 - AI Servo Tracking Method - Set to 0 - Main Focus point priority (that way the camera focuses on what you want, not what it wants)
4 - Lens Drive when AF impossible - Set to 0
5 - AF Microadjustment - Set to 0 (Most people have said this is ineffective. Even the manual says it needs to be done on location where you are shooting to do any good.)
6 - AF area select mode - I have single point w/expansion selected and single point. Been shooting mostly on single point w/expansion for sports.
7 - AF Manual pt. selection pattern - Set to 1 (Continuous)
8 - VF display illumination - set to 1 (Enable)
9 - Display all AF points - Set to 0
10 - Focus Display in AI Servo/MF - Set to 0
11 - AF-assist beam firing - set to 2 (Enable to external flash only)
12 - Orientation linked AF point - Set to 0
13 - Mirror lockup - Set to 0 (Disable)

C.FN IV: Operations/Others

Shutter button is set to Meter only
AF-ON button is turned OFF (too easy to hit accidentally)
AE lock button (*) is set for metering and AF Start
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Randy Sartin, Photographer, Assistant
Knoxville | TN | USA | Posted: 10:42 PM on 09.29.10
->> Uh, yeah Jim, those are Diana's settings she posted on the SS thread I linked to :)
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Jim Redman, Photo Editor, Photographer
Austin | TX | USA | Posted: 11:42 PM on 09.29.10
->> You're right, I saw them on the Texas Photo Forum. I heard they work great. Kudo's to Diana..
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Randy Sartin, Photographer, Assistant
Knoxville | TN | USA | Posted: 9:31 AM on 09.30.10
->> Jim,

I'm glad you reposted them, that other thread was getting hard to find :)

The 7D is one crazy camera and I still think there is a batch of bad ones out there. I've been shooting quite a bit with a Mark IV the past few weeks and the AF seems very equal to me.
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Joel Lerner, Photographer
Skokie | IL | USA | Posted: 11:07 AM on 09.30.10
->> Thanks for the helpfulness. I look forward to trying these and if they don't work, sending the camera in for adjustments.
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Troy Taormina, Photographer
Richmond | Tx | USA | Posted: 2:02 PM on 09.30.10
->> I've used the setting posted above for a couple of months now, and also increased the sharpening. Good results so far, although I didn't fully understand turning the AF assist to external flash only.(Just to conserve battery?)
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Jeroen de Jong, Photographer
Waalwijk | _ | Netherlands | Posted: 2:15 PM on 09.30.10
->> I don't crank up my sharpness, and I don't miss anything. Yes, I edit my pictures afterwards, including sharpening, but cranking it up to +4. Is it such a difference.

(I shoot in jpg, they are fine enough for my clients and then there will fit more pictures in the buffer or on my card)
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Dinno Kovic, Photographer
San Francisco | CA | USA | Posted: 9:29 PM on 10.01.10
->> Just one thing to add that really made a difference for me is to calibrate your lens to the 7D.
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Jeroen de Jong, Photographer
Waalwijk | _ | Netherlands | Posted: 10:15 AM on 10.02.10
->> Good and callibrated lenses are always important I think.

I tried a 1D mk IV yesterday. Compared to the 7D I was not so impressed considering that a 1D is 3 times much more the cost.

(Yes, it was during a evening-game of soccer. If you can read dutch:
http://blog.fotojeroen.nl/index.php/archief/fotografie/84-test-van-de-1d-mk... )
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