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I recently purchased a 7D. I seem to be having problems with autofocusing. Photos don't seem as sharp as with my 40D. Anyone have a similar problem?

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Comment by Pat Moore on December 2, 2009 at 4:28pm
well I can only say that after shooting everyday at work with the new 7d for the last 4 weeks that focus is sharp and super quick. Just check that you have the latest firmware update as there was a problem with the earlier models with focussing.. Anything more I can do to help just get in touch. Pat
Comment by Robert Benson on November 30, 2009 at 8:35am
2 things. First, do you have the latest firmware? Second, check your settings. If you are using AI Servo, there are several settings in there that can be confusing as they were to me when I first got the camera. I recommend trying a few shots using focus lock and some without and see if one comes out better. If so, you will need to check your settings. I am still not totally 100% familiar with how the settings work but there are first shot priority and second shot priority and all this stuff in there. You can also try a few manual focus shots. You want to see if it's a camera issue or a lens/focus issue, or the focus settings. Unfortunately, I have not had the chance to use my Canon 7D much since I purchased it. I shot one softball tournament and the pics seemed fine however, for those tournaments I am forced to shoot medium jpg due to speed of processing but for med jpg they look fine. This was also before the ACR update came to support the camera. I will have a look at them again and maybe post a few when I get a chance. I have been so busy lately I barely have time for photography. =/
Comment by CameraClicker on November 30, 2009 at 5:22am
Can you provide a sample or two?

Sharpness and being in focus are not completely the same thing. Sharpness applied to an out of focus photo leaves it out of focus. A focused photo without sharpening looks soft.

If you are looking at JPEGs directly from the camera in both cases, you might check the amount of sharpening each of your bodies is applying to the JPEG. The cameras do not apply sharpening to RAW photos, sharpening is applied when your computer converts them based on your software settings. Most of the photo editing packages can add additional sharpness and usually have two or three different tools to get the job done.

Some Canon models have an adjustment to improve focusing with a specific lens. You can tell the autofocus to focus slightly nearer or farther as appropriate. Usually you would do this with a special target so you can be sure you are getting accurate focus. When that lens is in place, the camera looks up your settings and uses them instead of the default.
Comment by Don Campbell on November 29, 2009 at 8:39pm
Canon has incredible technical support and have always made things right when I talked with them about my concerns about my camera and lenses. You should contact them and they will fix it for you. I send my camera and lenses in yearly for a cleaning and alignment to make sure my equipment is always in top performance.
Comment by Self Reflexion Photography on November 29, 2009 at 6:52pm
lol its because they are massed produced, canon has lost there quailty, my 50d is the same...lol i get better pics some times with my xt

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