Please Help Me Tweak My 7D to Improve Image Quality

Started Mar 10, 2013 | Discussions thread
OP steve88 Contributing Member • Posts: 905
Sure, Here They Are...

Zee Char wrote:

steve88 wrote:

So, I shot five softball games this weekend under varying conditions...night, sunny, and cloudy on all three days (Friday-Sunday). I made some modifications to the custom focusing menus on my 7D (based on some PM's I received) and I also shot at higher apertures (instead of 2.8 I moved it up to 5.6 to 8) and guess what?


I don't have anything finished yet in DPP or LR3 but I've gone through and done some minimal processing and the results are truly impressive. In looking at the DOF Master website, I was so close on some of these shots a week ago that shooting at f/2.8 gave me a DOF of under 1 foot in some cases. That might be great for a portrait or in food photography but that absolutely does not work when trying to get two or three athletes in sharp focus (or even one for that matter)

I also changed some of the settings in DPP (turned off NR completely).

I'm no longer fantasizing about tossing my 7D into a lake now! It truly is capable of producing stunning images and instead of looking at a 5D3 I may set my sights on a 7D2 instead (cheaper and the extra reach is a big plus for sports).

Anyway, I just wanted to say THANKS AGAIN TO EVERYBODY for all of your help and everyone who replied here and who PM'd me. You've restored my faith in this camera and I'm really looking forward to future outings now that I know what I'm doing!!

Care to share some of those mods with the custom focusing menus?

This is what I got through PM from two people who shoot birds with their 7D's...hope this helps!


Shoot RAW

Noise Reduction off

AI Servo

High Speed Continuous (learn to shoot in bursts of 3 and 4 while continuously tracking target

I always use back button focus... set it to the * button... do it and never look back...

Now to go into the Menu... C. FnIII: Autofocus Drive

AI servo tracking Sensitivity... set between Slow and the midpoint (I know you want set it on fast but don't)

AI servo 1st/2nd img priority... set this to 0: AF priority/Tracking Priority

AI Servo AF tracking method... set to 1:Continuous AF track priority

Lens Drive when AF impossible My Preference is to set to Focus Search On

Manual AF pt. selec. pattern: set to 0:Stops at AF area edges

Display all AF Points: 0:Disable

Focus Display in AI Servo/MF 0:Enable

Orientation linked AF point: 0:Same for both Vertic. horiz.

Then you have to decide how to set your AF points.... as a novice it is reasonable to shoot at Auto Select.: 19 point AF

I prefer the Man. Select.: AF point Expansion


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