It's unfortunate to see this thread go down the similar path as those over at DPreview.com, which is an attitude of condescension and arrogance to those who complain of soft focus. I'm truly amazed when I see posts pointing the blame at users who "haven't learned" how to use their 7D properly, "haven't read the manual", or are just simply too stupid for a "beast" such as the 7D after starting on a Rebel. But when guys like Darwin Wiggett are reporting the exact same issue
, it's hard for me to believe that he's a retard who has no idea how to use a camera.
This type of approach to users who clearly have repeatable problems with auto-focus is not only unhelpful, but says far more about those who are unable to provide legitimate advice, than those complaining of OOF images. You get great images on your 7D? Great, that doesn't mean everyone else with an AF problem is a moron. Tripod Focus Test, with remote shutter release
(note: I never - ever - had this problem on my 40D).Sample Gallery
(note: Almost every image is focused on baby's eyelid, yet every image is clearly front focused 2-3 inches - especially at full res. I used excessive clarity adjustments in some instances to try and hide the poor focus)
I have used a 10D, then a 40D, before ultimately upgrading to my 7D. Never in my experience with digital cameras have I ever had to deal with so many non-keepers than I have with my 7D. I shoot 99% of the time in full manual, custom preset, or aperture priority mode. The bulk of my images are One Shot focus in the single shot shooting mode, with a manually selected single point of focus used (I just don't like the zone modes). My 10D and 40D made tack sharp images using this approach, yet applying the same method to the 7D yields atrocious keeper rates.
I'd really be amazed that Canon would release a product that is so advanced that it takes a special person to learn how to use it. That is simply a poor business model to implement. "Yeah, we know most manufacturers sell products where you can open a camera box, put on a lens, select a manual focus point and shoot a sharp image - but - NAAAAH... we would NEVER want our camera to do THAT!" I mean, do you really want me to believe that "typical" use of the 7D SHOULDN'T yield good results? Come on.
PS: I have a slew of sequential images that I submitted to Canon with my latest return to service. Focus is all over the map in sequences of 6-8 shots, even with selected focus point on exact same subjcet - exact same distance from lens. I'll post them when I get home tonight for review/comment.