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Canon 70-200 - focal plane loss

Hi all,

 

Hoping someone can give me some advice. I am shooting on a Canon M50 with a Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS USM II. Recently, I have been noticing a loss of focus/ some soft areas in my images. I can't decide whether it occurs at a certain aperture or focal length, or if it's just something very weird. See below the images as an example.

13 Jan 21 Kiko top-5.jpg

You can see the surfer taking off on the wave is sharp, but the surfer on the right hand side is soft. Basically, from that position in the frame, it's all soft. Almost 1/4 of my frame. It doesn't bother me too much, but it's something that I just can't wrap my head around.

 

Any advice welcome.

 

TIA

VIP
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Re: Canon 70-200 - focal plane loss

I had not noticed the surfers.  Depending on your aperture setting, it is possible for only one to be within the DOF.

 

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The plane of perfect focus is not flat, either.

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Re: Canon 70-200 - focal plane loss

"I had not noticed the surfers."

 

Me either! I don't think DOF is the problem but a middle of the road quality jpg probably is. Next time try a full image Raw and do lens correction in your LR with some small amount of sharpening.

Every time you save a jpg you lose IQ.  It doesn't matter if you do anything to it or not. This does not happen to Raw. Another issue is as distance increases, IQ decreases. In other words closer is better and it is a lot better.

EB
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Re: Canon 70-200 - focal plane loss

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@ebiggs1 wrote:

"I had not noticed the surfers."

 

Me either! I don't think DOF is the problem but a middle of the road quality jpg probably is. Next time try a full image Raw and do lens correction in your LR with some small amount of sharpening.

Every time you save a jpg you lose IQ.  It doesn't matter if you do anything to it or not. This does not happen to Raw. Another issue is as distance increases, IQ decreases. In other words closer is better and it is a lot better.


I agree it's not a DOF issue, but I don't think its a JPEG issue.

 

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You can see the image get progressively worse as the you approach the edge of the frame.

 

Find a brick wall if you can. Set the camera on a tripod. Be sure camera is perpendicular to the wall. Set the aperture to f/8 and take an image.

 

Almost looks like the lens needs to be checked. That lens should be razor sharp.

 

 

John Hoffman
Conway, NH

1D X Mark III, Many lenses, Pixma PRO-100, MX472, LR Classic
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Re: Canon 70-200 - focal plane loss

Thanks all. I only shoot RAW and export to jpeg. Perhaps a smudge/ blemish on some internal glass of the lens?

 

I agree, it should be pin sharp. I will check again using the flat wall and see. 

 

Any advice if it's still blury? Take it in to a camera store?

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Re: Canon 70-200 - focal plane loss

John I agree. But a reduced jpg quality doesn't help.

I do think the lens needs to be looked at. Can't hurt and might just help!

EB
EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and several lenses!
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Re: Canon 70-200 - focal plane loss

"Take it in to a camera store?"

 

No!  A lens like that needs to go to Canon.  Ask them to do a C&C.

EB
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Re: Canon 70-200 - focal plane loss


@ebiggs1 wrote:

"Take it in to a camera store?"

 

No!  A lens like that needs to go to Canon.  Ask them to do a C&C.


Absolutely send to Canon. And include a copy of your image. So they can see exactly what the problem is. 

John Hoffman
Conway, NH

1D X Mark III, Many lenses, Pixma PRO-100, MX472, LR Classic
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Re: Canon 70-200 - focal plane loss

Just contact Canon here in Portugal. Thank you all.

 

As a reference, I have attached here the CR3 file if anyone would like a closer inspection.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jpu0k-2igq48oa6xR6EUZ640hAd6rUiP/view?usp=sharing

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Re: Canon 70-200 - focal plane loss

And to throw yet another spanner in the works. Same day (maybe 15minutes apart), same lens, same body. Sharp. 13 Jan 21 Ni Andrade-3.jpg

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