Just as with the original 7d, the "advanced" Af produced an awful lot of oof images- for newbs and advanced users alike.100 percent agreement. I'd even bet that the same held true for most 5D3 and 1DX owners. We are not just talking about changing the number of AF points here, we are introducing zones, tracking, acceleration, and more. This is an AF system that is 20 times as complex as that found in lesser cameras.... of course it will be harder to learn... and of course there will be a learning curve.There is nothing advanced about setting the camera in manual point select, focusing, and clicking the shutter. NOTHING. Any default af setting should be able to accurately focus on the set point, or even when set to automatic point selection. Its not that difficult at all. Whats' difficult is when that most basic of camera functions doesnt work well. And just to clarify, Im talking about still subjects/persons/landscapes.You could just leave it in single point mode, but then why did you buy the camera? It is a good starting point and a confidence builder, but if someone bought the camera for it's advanced AF capabilities, they had better expect to take the time and effort to learn how to use it properly.
We are talking the difference between a family sedan and a race car. If you have only driven a family sedan and then get into a race car, you don't expect to keep with the field at an Indy race... You start off driving slow and easy.... you learn new skills, you learn how it handles, you get experience, and you get better and better. To expect anything else is irrational.... It is the same with a camera.What can be advanced is setting up focal (not everyone has the space) or other afma software. Its a pain in the arse, and wastes valuable time.
Calibrating your equipment is NEVER a waste of time. Trying to take a sharp picture with a lens that needs a 10 point AFMA adjustment is a lesson in futility.
Don, we are actually totally in agreement.
I meant single 'manual' point selection. Also I noted the 7d2 rental did get much better when using spot af point mode- but oddly the regular single point did not work at all, and it could not focus with a 24-105 (IS on, heh), wide or telephoto. Advanced modes are not necessary for my work - but i dont consider spot AF advanced at all. this is an indication that i likely had a bad unit.
Calibrating unfortunately is a MUST. Im also very aware of the technical reasons why lenses and bodies just wont work well together in some instances, thanks to Canon techs, not my opinion. But that kind of information is well beyond even the techies like myself.
I bet that many or these guys making snarkly comments have NEVER sat with an actual tech in front of a screen (at the repair center) to evaluate AF accuracy after a repair. I have. It was awesome. Canon can give you a camera that is not tweaked properly, but if you cant see it, then its a wash.