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EOS 5D Mark II seems to have grainy images?

I bought this camera second hand from a friend who had barely used it. The images never seem to be in focus. When I crop them a little it seems to bring them into better focus... Is this normal? I have a 70D as well and it's images are so much sharper

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Re: EOS 5D Mark II seems to have grainy images?

Full size samples?

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Re: EOS 5D Mark II seems to have grainy images?

Did your friend fiddle with the AF micro-adjustment settings on the 5D II?  You may want to reset those.

 

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Re: EOS 5D Mark II seems to have grainy images?

Grainy images?  Images that are grainy is usually a result of high ISO exposure settings.  Do you get grainy images when the camera is set to "A" or "P" mode, too?  

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Re: EOS 5D Mark II seems to have grainy images?

I upload them into the photo app on my computer - honestly don't know if they are full size upon upload, I will check

Thanks

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Re: EOS 5D Mark II seems to have grainy images?

I don't know! That reset may be above my paygrade! I could take it int local camera shop

Thanks

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Re: EOS 5D Mark II seems to have grainy images?

It's not the ISO - it just doesn't seem to focus as sharply as my 70D. I assumed because it was full frame, the images would be crisper...

Thanks all for your suggestions!

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Re: EOS 5D Mark II seems to have grainy images?


@Betsywtaylor wrote:

It's not the ISO - it just doesn't seem to focus as sharply as my 70D. I assumed because it was full frame, the images would be crisper...

Thanks all for your suggestions!


Can you post a sample image with EXIF data?

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Re: EOS 5D Mark II seems to have grainy images?


@Betsywtaylor wrote:

It's not the ISO - it just doesn't seem to focus as sharply as my 70D. I assumed because it was full frame, the images would be crisper...

Thanks all for your suggestions!


I think what's got us confused is that graniness and lack of focus aren't closely related. The former results from cranking the ISO number up beyond the camera's sensible limit (probably around 2500 for a 5D Mk II), the latter from failure to focus accurately. The two conditions may occur simultaneously or they may not. That's why it would be very helpful to see a sample picture.

 

If the problem is specifically lack of focus, does it happen in "live view" mode or just when you focus through the viewfinder?

 

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Re: EOS 5D Mark II seems to have grainy images?


@Betsywtaylor wrote:

I don't know! That reset may be above my paygrade! I could take it int local camera shop

Thanks


Not the right answer. You're now dealing with a fairly sophisticated camera. If you're going to use it successfully, you can't let yourself be stymied by a concept as simple as a reset. If you don't have a copy of the instruction manual, download it from Canon's Web site.

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