Does the 7D show the focus distance?

Started Dec 11, 2011 | Discussions thread
TimR32225 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,396
EXIF focus distance looks inaccurate...

The prior discussion aside (seeing the distance while shooting), the focus distance that shows up in EXIF data seems to be inaccurate.

I say this because I just went back and looked at 2 days of photos shot with the 7d and 500f4 and 70-200 f2.8IS, and I noticed a lot of focus distance numbers are repeated even when I was not shooting at the subject from the exact same spot. I would expect some slight variation since the numbers are expressed to one decimal point in meters. But the numbers are all very similar. Even when shooting from a different place there are lots of occasions where the same distance number is repeated many times. It seems to be an approximation at best.
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