Please Help Me Tweak My 7D to Improve Image Quality

Started Mar 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
steve88
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Re: Please Help Me Tweak My 7D to Improve Image Quality
In reply to ultimitsu, Mar 12, 2013

ultimitsu wrote:

steve88 wrote:

Ever since I got my 7D two years ago I've never really been happy with the image quality. I don't really have a problem with it focusing properly; my problem is just that the images (at least 75% of the time or more) are overly soft in my opinion.

Some people in this forum tend to dismiss any 7D AF complaint as user error. I think not. there was a very good professional rally car photographer here a year ago who was adamant his 7D had focus problems, it was a funny sight seeing a whole bunch of people - who combined have shot less than him and produced even less number of good photos than him - telling him that he was doing everything wrong and it could not have been 7D's fault.

His thread about 7D AF (and noise) http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/post/39291092

His photos: http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3065182#forum-post-39361060

I do not think every 7D has an AF problem, but some do. What you are experiencing may well be just that. Your first image is clearly out of focus, if you look at the dirt on the ground, the focus plane is about 2 meters behind your subject. I do not think any AF point was on that plane because there was nothing there to focus on, so if the camera told you it had acquired AF when you took that picture, then AF clearly failed.

Thanks for these links!  I think I remember this guy.  He shot rally car events in Europe I believe?  I'll read through both of these and use some of the suggestions in there.

Anyway, yes, in the first photo I'm using a single focus point (the furthest one to the right) and it's centered over the batter's left elbow (catching her green undershirt and part of her white jersey with the green stripes).  It's also landing on part of her jersey in the center.  When I took this shot, the focus point flashed and I heard the beep then I took the shot.  I think there was enough contrast in the area I just described for it to lock onto.

Again, maybe I'm doing something wrong here.  Maybe it's the horrible light, maybe the aperture is too wide, maybe it's motion blur...it just seems very odd to me, however, that it's so soft.

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