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EOS Bodies / Re: Focus problems with the Canon 7DII?
« on: November 07, 2014, 01:38:34 AM »
I hate to stoke the fire, but I think recommending a 6D or 5D3 to the OP, or telling him to photograph a "moving" subject instead, is a terrible idea. Trying to argue that the 7D2 can only photograph sports/action, and is not suited for still subjects, is just, well, silly. It's a camera. Granted, it's a camera with a certain design intent, but it's not like we're comparing a Chevy Nova to a track-ready F1 race car.

The 7D2 is a mid-level pro-sumer body, designed to handle a wide array of subject matter and shooting conditions. It should certainly be able to focus on a child in a kitchen in relatively medium/low lighting conditions. Now, that said, low-light conditions are certainly where AF systems struggle the most.

I will finish this post off by saying this to the OP: After thinking about your posts/story more, the more I think your 7DI (which, based on your accounts, focused more accurately and repeatedly in all lighting conditions) is the likely outlier here than your 7D2. I use a 6D and 5D3 in my event work, and I constantly find myself in demanding situations where there is very little available light. I usually start events at ISO 3,200 and often push to 8,000 as required. Missed focus comes with the territory, and getting those tack sharp results in such conditions is a real chore. So, the fact that you think your 7DI is spot on, time after time in every single scenario, tells me you may have gotten incredibly lucky with that body. All photographers struggle with adapting/modifying their AF techniques as lighting conditions change. To expect repeatable/consistent AF in low-light is simply not realistic, and is not what you should expect with current technology. It's a sensor; it can only do so much.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Focus problems with the Canon 7DII?
« on: November 06, 2014, 08:27:10 PM »
This isn't the only lens this happens with. I'm going to end up having B&H send me another one in exchange for this one.

Please keep us updated.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Focus problems with the Canon 7DII?
« on: November 06, 2014, 08:19:29 PM »
The problem is that I can take these same shots with NO problem on the 7D, same lens, etc. I'm not going to shoot @ f/8 when I have a 2.8 lens and want that shallow depth of field.

Here's the thing, and I'm not going to tell you you're wrong, because I know the toils of being unhappy with AF. When it comes down to it, only you can decide if you're unhappy with your purchase. If, after doing a bunch of tests the AF just isn't what you had hoped for, and the experience is even worse than your 7DI, then I think you have more than justified to yourself that an exchange is warranted.

Lemons happen. Try a new body and see if any improvement is gained.

PS: Just keep in mind, this is a COMPLETELY new AF system with no relation whatsoever to the 7DI. Expecting similar results may not be fair. If you want to stick with the 7D2 you may find that you will need to tailor your shooting style to the new AF system, for better or worse.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Focus problems with the Canon 7DII?
« on: November 06, 2014, 08:01:26 PM »
I'm having the same problem, I even reset the camera back to factory defaults. These examples are with the flash. I'll try some without the flash and with my other 600.


First off, that second shot looks DANG sharp! no? And look where the AF point is, on an area with good contrast! That catch light probably gave the AF something to hone in on.

Now, here's the general advice: always try focusing on a point of contrast. AF has a difficult time focusing in low-light when everything in the sensor area looks the same. Granted, you have a dark nostril in the AF point, but in that shot it's primarily bland skin tone. Focus on the eye, or center the line between the iris/white of her eye in the middle of the AF point.

Help the AF out as much as you can in low-light; this can be done by centering AF points on areas of sharp contrast. It's worth a try.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Focus problems with the Canon 7DII?
« on: November 06, 2014, 07:40:17 PM »
When all points are selected, it's going to try to focus on the closest object - the fork in her right hand.

I noticed that too; you can see the cluster of points at the bottom of the DPP pane. It's focusing, just not on what he wants. Let's hope manual AF point control solves it.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Focus problems with the Canon 7DII?
« on: November 06, 2014, 07:35:21 PM »
I was using the Canon EF-S 17-55 2.8 and was roughly 3 feet away, sitting. I was using the focus assist on the flash. Using the latest DPP (4x) that was downloaded today.... it looks soft on the camera screen as well.

Let's start simple; use single, center-point focus, and see what it does. Take the flash off. Remove external factors, and let's focus on the camera/lens combo before adding in other differentials to the mix.

I've been down this road before, and patience is key. Don't throw in the towel yet, let's see what we can figure out first before jumping to get a replacement.

Post up your results.

And FWIW, and not to sound condescending, but don't always trust the camera LCD - a JPG preview is not the same as a RAW file.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Focus problems with the Canon 7DII?
« on: November 06, 2014, 07:23:18 PM »
FWIW, I just slapped on my 85mm and snapped a JPG of my dog from across the couch to check everything out. This is the first time I've ever used the 7D2, so it's stock out of the box. I turned off the auto-lighting optimizer, but all other in-camera settings are default. My living room is incredibly dark (it's well past sunset here in Colorado), but it did a great job with center focus. Single AF point (center), aimed at the catch-light in her left eye (photo-right eye), focused, and recomposed.

Canon 85mm lens, f/1.8, 1/80s, ISO 3200

Here's the JPG out of Lightroom - some contrast/WB edits, and no output sharpening...

Update: Added a 2nd version of the same photo with a smidge of sharpening on export; I think it passed the focus test.

I suggest you start simple; use single, center-point focus, and see what it does. Post up your results.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Focus problems with the Canon 7DII?
« on: November 06, 2014, 07:14:22 PM »
For this series I had been using all points but it doesn't matter if I was using a single point or a group. I pressed half way down, it looked good in the eye piece so I took the shot and repeated for the next shot.

Are you using the focus-assist beam on the 600RX; or relying on the lens/sensor alone? Also, what version of DPP are you running?

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EOS Bodies / Re: Focus problems with the Canon 7DII?
« on: November 06, 2014, 07:07:07 PM »
Here are two photos, hand held while sitting.

Manual Mode, F/2.8 @ 1/125, Canon 600RX-RT mounted to camera. Two consecutive shots. I can set it up on a tripod but I barely ever use one and may just ask B&H for an exchange, I don't have time to mess around with tests or micro adjustments, etc.

What's odd is, the fork is incredibly sharp and clearly in focus. Are you using focus/recompose? Local points? Sorry to be a pest, but I've been down this road before with my 7D1 and just want to try and pinpoint any other possible scenarios that may be causing this.

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EOS Bodies / Re: Focus problems with the Canon 7DII?
« on: November 06, 2014, 07:04:25 PM »
So far I've been pretty dissapointed with this camera. It seems as though the majority of the photos are coming out soft or out of focus. I can't keep chimping at my photos to make sure that they are right when I'm shooting portraits, etc.

This happens when I'm using All focal points, a group or just one and all AI modes as well as One Shot, AI Focus and AI servo.

This is now the second post (first post here) reporting serious softness with the 7DII, and it's giving me sweats (and nightmares of my old 7DI, which was a victim of the melted-hay syndrome, even after 4 replacements from Canon Irvine).

I'm giving my 7D2 a run through this weekend; I'll report back my results.

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: 7d mk2 seems very soft?
« on: November 06, 2014, 06:11:28 PM »
I hated the 7D after I got the 5D, it was way soft.

I never got a decent image from my 7DI ... and everyone told me it was because it was "too much camera" for me.  :P

I'd take a 40D, 50D, 60D, 6D, and any 5D over a 7DI, any day of the week, and twice on Sundays. There are people who swear by theirs; I just happen to think those people have poor vision. :)

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EOS Bodies / Re: do you hope for sony sensors in the 5D MK 4?
« on: November 06, 2014, 03:51:56 PM »
All current and relatively recent DSLR cameras are great and provide excellent images, as has already been stated. While I agree that some of Sony's sensors have greater DR at lower ISOs, I don't personally see a need to push 3 stops out of my shadows.

Now, are there some Ansel-Adams-esque artists that demand that kind of range for their landscape and post-processing work? Sure - and for them, those sensors are their holy grail.

In the grand scheme, the low-ISO shadow pushing crowd is a small market niche to satisfy.

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EOS Bodies / 7D2 Unboxing Video
« on: November 06, 2014, 01:15:35 PM »
Totally dorky, but I was bored, and felt like using my new wireless mic setup, so I made an unboxing video...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD8UtDpUP-E

:P

#dorkfest

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EOS Bodies / Re: 7D2 Video Review -- Requests?
« on: November 04, 2014, 12:27:02 PM »
So, when my 7D2 gets here, I've decided to take a stab at doing a video review - mainly for the fun of it. Does anyone have any specific features/items they'd like to see touched on? Any suggestions/input for what you'd like to see specifically covered would be great.

Thanks!

Ability track high-speed moving subjects moving from/to the camera, and ability to lose and regain focus when those objects leave the frame or the area of the frame you are using to focus.  According to the manual, face mode will work on those objects (by tracking them) even if they aren't faces.  I do a lot of shooting of airplanes, which is why I'm asking.

Just noticed you are in Denver.  I am too...maybe I could provide the objects to shoot!

I'm talking about video, by the way.  I'm already convinced of it's still focusing capabilities.

Thanks.

Lee - let's do it! I'll send you a PM!

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EOS Bodies / 7D2 Video Review -- Requests?
« on: October 26, 2014, 01:28:41 PM »
So, when my 7D2 gets here, I've decided to take a stab at doing a video review - mainly for the fun of it. Does anyone have any specific features/items they'd like to see touched on? Any suggestions/input for what you'd like to see specifically covered would be great.

Thanks!

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