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Re: Having trouble with autofocus on 7D mark II

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@Reaston wrote:

Jazzman,

 

I take a lot of stills with my camera, that's what I mostly use it for.  But, I am also a videographer at a local TV station and I have frequently used my original Canon 7D for supplemental video on various projects (along with my GoPro camera).  The reason I like using the Canon for video is for the nice narrow depth of field I can get, the variety of lenses, etc...  The pictures are much more "filmic" than the stuff we get with our regular video cameras.  

 

I bought the 7D Mark II because of its improved focusing power and its ability to track moving subjects, like say race horses at Saratoga.

 

 


Thanks Reaston for those answers.  I've asked that ever since I got my 1st DSLR, and you are the 1st to give me a satisfactory answer.  Makes sense from what you do and your needs, and what you use it for.  Being able to change lens is a plus, wish my camcorder could also change lens. 

 

 Glad your 7D mk ll  is up and running.  Thanks for coming back with that solution.  I  like the video clip, nice job, and take care. 

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Re: Having trouble with autofocus on 7D mark II

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I don't use video. I don't even know how to turn it on but I do a ton of birding. For AI Servo to track you need to keep the shutter half dpressed at all times or use BBF. I'm very comfortable using the shutter and have over time just developed the touch to keep it at the mid point after shooing burstts or single shots. I never liked the BBF but recently started to explore it on my 7D2 and am warming up to it.

Not sure how video works but for stills it needs to be working all the time or you need to refocus.
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Re: Having trouble with autofocus on 7D mark II


@digital wrote:
I don't use video. I don't even know how to turn it on but I do a ton of birding. For AI Servo to track you need to keep the shutter half dpressed at all times or use BBF. I'm very comfortable using the shutter and have over time just developed the touch to keep it at the mid point after shooing burstts or single shots. I never liked the BBF but recently started to explore it on my 7D2 and am warming up to it.

Not sure how video works but for stills it needs to be working all the time or you need to refocus.

What is BBF???

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Re: Having trouble with autofocus on 7D mark II

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Re: Having trouble with autofocus on 7D mark II

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Re: Having trouble with autofocus on 7D mark II

I've been following the discussions on the subject of the autofocus issue on 7D Mark II since I bought my camera 2 months ago and I am very worried about it.  I have lost at least half of the night shots of night events such as birthday party  because of this problem. In Brazil the equipment cost 3 x more expensive than in the US and I made a big effort to buy this camera.

I would like to know if Canon is doing something to fix it  once I am desperate because I can not afford to switch camera again now and use manual focus is not an option. This is why I try "the faster camera"... In some sittuations is ridiculous how autofocus keep focus in other subject
 
I some cases is ridiculous as the camera can focus on another subject than the people in front of me ... Not contrast, brightness etc ... nothing would justify this decision to force the background and not focus in people 2 meter distance of  camera.
 
Anyone from Canon can PLEASE give us some help ?
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Registered: ‎07-12-2015

Re: Having trouble with autofocus on 7D mark II

Asaugusto,

With which specific lens are you experimenting AF issues and is this also happening in daylight conditions?

Maybe somebody can help you if you provide more details.

Ricci.
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Re: Having trouble with autofocus on 7D mark II

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Seems to me like you are in Zone AF which is not a great idea for that sitution. I have found zone very good but I would not use it for low lite shooting at a wedding, etc. I like to be sure the AF point is where I want it, not where a computer thinks I want it.       

 

When shooting a wedding if my subjects don't move around I use one shot. I may not hear the beap but I can at laset see focus confirmation in the viewfinder. After a long day having to look in the viewfinder to make sure the subject/s are in focus is very tiring, for me anyway. If you set the multi controller to move the AF point around you can easily put it where you want it and avoid focus/recompose as much as possible. I set my camera up so the AF lever changes AF modes. If Canon offered a retro for that I'd pay to have it installed on my 5D3.     

 

If it is hunting like you say then you are lacking contrast in a low light situation. You must be using a flash for this? Is the AF assist light activated? I have 3 600 RT's and the transmitter. I won't use the transmitter for that. If I put a couple of flashes on stands I still have one on the camera for the AF assist and bounce it if I can. I may get the 430 RT for that because it is lighter and smalller. I have had occasioinal hunting but that is pretty rare.                       

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Re: Having trouble with autofocus on 7D mark II

hi Ricci, the last time I faced this issue was using a Canon18-200 lens. after some time I changed to a 18-250 sigma (new one) and happens again and also a 70-200 L 2.8 II (last tentative ). all situations with low light using external flash 600 Ex TTL + assist light activated. Sometimes occurs in a daylight conditions but in this case I face that using Sigma 18-250 only
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Re: Having trouble with autofocus on 7D mark II

hi Digital
I will try to do some tests in low light conditions using this AF setup with the same lens and will post the results. thank you for the help!
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