10-28-2017 12:47 PM
Thanks for the help! Im really struggling with this camera, and feel like it shouldn't be this difficult to use
Be sure you watch those videos on Auto Focus they might explain some of your difficulty.
Your camera's PDAF system may need factory calibration. The problem is your statement that you 'tried MFA and it made it worse' indicates a user issue not a camera issue. The thing is even if it does following the directions in Canon's Micro Focus Adjustment guidebook should make it better. If you use MFA and make it better, but, it is beyond the range of MFA to make it 'perfect' your camera needs a trip to Canon. If you use MFA and it requires a +/- 15-20 adjustment to make it perfect you still might consider sending it to Canon.
10-28-2017 12:57 PM
10-28-2017 02:46 PM
Ive watched a ton of videos, even ones that explain each setting of the camera. I do feel the problem is the AF points. Just trying to get a handle on the camera.
Did you watch these 3 videos done by Canon's Rudy Winston?
10-29-2017 09:26 AM
I suggest closing up the aperture and raising your shutter speed. You can do both by increasing your ISO. Unless it was fairly dark, that car would have been good at f5.6 or even 8.0 and a shutter of 150+. My 80D gives very good shots at ISO 1600 and darned good at 3200. The only time I use ISO 100 or 200 is if I intend on making a large poster or it is a very bright, cloudless day.
Fast lenses are great. But only if you know how to use them. While you can get away with very shallow depth of field (DOF) and nice bokeh for still items, too often moving subjects will end up out of focus. Very small aperttures can also be problematic at the other end end. My advice is to be very careful when you work at the extremes.
Also, for hand held shots, make sure your IS (Image Stabilization) is turned on. Learn how to brace yourself and squeeze the shutter instead of a quick push which causes jerking. Hold the camera with the heel of your left hand under the body and the thumb and fingers on the lens and your right hand gripping the body and shutter button. Keep your elbows tucked tight to your body. Space your feet out with your right foot back.
Use the camera's AF instead of manual focusing. I don't believe you can get a split screen focusing aid for the 80D. That makes manual focusing more difficult.
Suggestion. Did you have the same problems with focusing with your T6i? If it had no problem focusing but the same lenses do on your 80D do, then the camera body could be the problem.
10-29-2017 10:19 AM
10-29-2017 11:47 AM
I am not aware of any recent Canon 50mm lenses that include IS. Are you looking through the viewfinder when you take photos, or using the LCD in Live View mode?
Are you certain the AF/MF switch is set to AF? Have you tried the swapping lenses between your camera bodies? Are you sure that the lenses are good?
Have you tried switching the mode dial to A mode, and taking an indoor shot with the flash? If you have a tripod, use it. If you have any AFMA adjustment settings entered, then clear them all out, too, for all lenses. Let’s eliminate as many variables as we can.
AFAIK, every piece of gear sold through Canon’s Refurbished Store is hand checked before being packaged. I have bought a ton of gear through the online outlet, and never once had a problem with the gear malfunctioning out of the box, or at all for that matter. I have experienced problems with gear bought elsewhere, but NEVER from the Canon Refurbished Store.
10-29-2017 12:26 PM
10-29-2017 01:52 PM
Contact Canon Support. Your comments continue to suggest that your camera needs service.