Yes! Another thread about soft images. I am quite new to photography and hesitate to ask this question but honestly believe this isn't user error. Here's the question: When I crop an image, on the camera display, it isn't tack sharp. If I lock the mirror or use live view and shoot the same image I get beautiful sharp 100% crops with deeper color tones as well. The edges of the "lines" in the ones without MLU or LV appear to be fuzzy. One test performed this morning used these settings in the bright snow covered scene. 7D with 70-200 2.8, IS on, hand held, 1/1600 F2.8 ISO100, one shot, single shooting, evaluative metering auto WB, auto focus. I have no problems with the camera focusing. If I mount it to a tripod and perform the same test(with IS off of course, and timer on) I get the same results. Every lens I own is giving me the same results. Any suggestions?
A bit of history about me:
I started off with a T2i less than a year ago and built up some good zoom glass and basic knowledge of photography. I wanted the faster FPS for sports and wildlife and the weather sealing properties for the same reasons so purchased a used 7D. I've had the 7D for a few weeks now and have mainly been concentrating on becoming familiar with all the dials and settings. Now that I'm comfortable with the camera itself I have taken to shooting with it. Right away I notice that when cropping the image they aren't tack sharp. I tested my lenses, 24-70, 70-200 2.8, nifty fifty and 100-400 on the T2i and was disappointed that it was sharper at 100% crop when compared to the 7D with identical settings shooting the same subjects at the same time.