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Feb 03, 2012 13:24 |  #1

While shooting BIF this morning this gull flew behind a fairly dense tree. But the 7D continued to track and the bird (what can be seen of it) is still in focus.

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Feb 03, 2012 13:36 |  #2

Nice one Don! I'm glad someone proves with the right settings, the 7D is a winner! :)
Is your CF set to use "Continuous Tracking" instead of "Main Tracking"? Also, how much AI Servo sensitivity (or lack of) did you set yours to?


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Feb 03, 2012 13:44 |  #3

cfcRebel wrote in post #13819845 (external link)
Nice one Don! I'm glad someone proves with the right settings, the 7D is a winner! :)
Is your CF set to use "Continuous Tracking" instead of "Main Tracking"? Also, how much AI Servo sensitivity (or lack of) did you set yours to?

Thanks Fee. Yes, it was set to Continuous and Sensitivity was one setting from the right (Fast). I've tried other combinations in the past but these seem to handle most of my situations very well.


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Feb 03, 2012 14:08 |  #4

That is a great example of what the 7D focusing system is like.


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Feb 03, 2012 14:14 |  #5

Great post since I just got my 7D and have it set on Continuous but sensitivity set to one nothc to the left SLOW. That is pretty amazing that it kept perfect focus like that.


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Feb 03, 2012 14:21 |  #6

Don1 wrote in post #13819885 (external link)
Thanks Fee. Yes, it was set to Continuous and Sensitivity was one setting from the right (Fast). I've tried other combinations in the past but these seem to handle most of my situations very well.

Thanks for sharing the info Don. It's good to hear you got the settings working for you. I am still in the experiment phase. :lol:


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Feb 03, 2012 15:31 |  #7

Chris wrote in post #13819998 (external link)
That is a great example of what the 7D focusing system is like.

Thanks Chris. This wasn't exactly the shot that I was hoping for but it served as a good example of the 7D's ability.

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Great post since I just got my 7D and have it set on Continuous but sensitivity set to one nothc to the left SLOW. That is pretty amazing that it kept perfect focus like that.

Thanks for your comments. As we all shoot differently and in different situations it's necessary to choose the settings that work best for you.


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Feb 03, 2012 15:38 |  #8

Great example Don ...........I love mine.


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Feb 03, 2012 16:02 |  #9

Me, too, mine. Thanks for posting.


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Feb 03, 2012 16:24 |  #10

I am not sure how much tree cover there was that the bird past behind. but the faster you set your tracking the Faster your AF pulls off the target and onto the vegetation as it passes behind it and wants to relock onto the vegetation and not your subject.

Myself I set Tracking to the slowest setting or 1 above the slowest. this allows the camera once on the subject to remain on it as long as possible before pulling off and searching elsewhere. This while using back button focusing and the bump approuch while shooting in bursts. the bump ensures AF is on the bird or if it does drift you bump and your back on.

Fast Tracking can bounce you around especially on variegated BG's blue sky bot as much. here I will often use the faster tracking.

7D is a great body for the money no doubt, glad your enjoying your Don... Love your work!

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Feb 03, 2012 17:29 |  #11

What do you mean by"bump" I use back button and my tracking is set to one below the middle. But I do not think that I "bump" or at least I am not aware that I do. Help?


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Feb 03, 2012 17:37 |  #12

CanaHolic wrote in post #13820752 (external link)
I am not sure how much tree cover there was that the bird past behind. but the faster you set your tracking the Faster your AF pulls off the target and onto the vegetation as it passes behind it and wants to relock onto the vegetation and not your subject.

Myself I set Tracking to the slowest setting or 1 above the slowest. this allows the camera once on the subject to remain on it as long as possible before pulling off and searching elsewhere. This while using back button focusing and the bump approuch while shooting in bursts. the bump ensures AF is on the bird or if it does drift you bump and your back on.

Fast Tracking can bounce you around especially on variegated BG's blue sky bot as much. here I will often use the faster tracking.

7D is a great body for the money no doubt, glad your enjoying your Don... Love your work!

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Thats how I use My 7D Dan, except I keep tracking on slowest, even with clear skies.


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Feb 03, 2012 17:43 |  #13

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What do you mean by"bump" I use back button and my tracking is set to one below the middle. But I do not think that I "bump" or at least I am not aware that I do. Help?

Bumping the focus is when you release focus, the quickly press the BBF again to re-focus.


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Feb 03, 2012 17:49 |  #14

andrewhuxman wrote in post #13820503 (external link)
Great example Don ...........I love mine.

Thanks for the comment Andrew.

ardeekay wrote in post #13820610 (external link)
Me, too, mine. Thanks for posting.

Thanks Rog.

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Fast Tracking can bounce you around especially on variegated BG's blue sky bot as much. here I will often use the faster tracking.

7D is a great body for the money no doubt, glad your enjoying your Don... Love your work!

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Thanks for the explanation Dan. I usually need to deal with blue skies which is why my faster setting. I try to avoid trees as much as possible. That said I was still impressed that the 7D continued to track so well behind that tree.

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Thats how I use My 7D Dan, except I keep tracking on slowest, even with clear skies.

Thanks Joe. When I used slow it seemed to lose tracking frequently. I don't actually use this feature very often so maybe I just got lucky today.


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Feb 07, 2012 02:33 |  #15

Joe52 wrote in post #13821135 (external link)
Bumping the focus is when you release focus, the quickly press the BBF again to re-focus.

So, to be clear, if I am tracking a footballer in A1 Servo and using back button, I focus on the player using back button, hold the button down, move the camera to keep him in shot and then if necessary, release and then quickly press down again on the back button? How do I know if I need to release and press the back button again. Why not just keep the back button depressed and press shutter release to capture the shot? Sorry to ask what you might think is a basic question but this is an area I am keen to sort out and master


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