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Sep 18, 2015 07:24 |  #1

Looking in the forum, it seems there are consistent issues with the focusing. I don't have the Mark II, but have the 7D (gen 1). Is this a user issue, or are there bugs to be worked out by Canon?


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Sep 18, 2015 08:03 |  #2

While there are often random clunkers in a production run, the general consensus is that it's users picking the wrong autofocus mode, case, or focus point for the shot that they're trying to get. I shot the start of a marathon race last weekend. The focus nailed the lead runner every step of the way for a burst of 10 shots. And that's with -- dare I admit it -- pixel-peeping.


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Sep 18, 2015 08:35 |  #3

If you look at the large thread here, you will immediately tell that the issues, whether real or user related, have largely quieted down. The last several pages of that thread are about things completely unrelated to AF issues. The 7D "had AF issues" too, if you remember, then those died down as well. We had polls going about AF issues on the first gen.


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Sep 18, 2015 16:13 |  #4

marklori43 wrote in post #17711984 (external link)
Looking in the forum, it seems there are consistent issues with the focusing. I don't have the Mark II, but have the 7D (gen 1). Is this a user issue, or are there bugs to be worked out by Canon?

While there may be the odd focus issue today due to an actual camera problem, primarily most real issues have been rectified by firmware updates. the current firmware is 1.0.5 and each of the updates has responded to various focus issues for very specific lenses. Secondarily the 7 AF modes of the 7D II have been somewhat daunting to those coming from cameras with simpler AF systems like my previous go to body, the 60D. Coming from 7D you will likely have fewer issues with its AF than others do.


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Sep 18, 2015 16:31 |  #5

The four threads I see are not about 7D2 AF issues at all.

One is a very old thread where people have been sharing images and experiences ( largely positive) from the 7D2 for months now. (nearly a year!) It is more about learning to use the camera than identifying any problem with it.

Another one you saw was not related to any problem with the 7D2 AF at all regardless of the title.
All that was required to get the results the OP wanted was to change a most basic setting.

The live view one is new, and I am unclear that a problem has been identified that is unique to 7D2, but is rather a misunderstanding of the differences between live view and the 65 Zone AF system that Live view is NOT a part of.

And the 4th is this one, which again has ZERO reports of a problem with 7D2 within it.


So we have a crowd of none?


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Sep 18, 2015 19:21 |  #6

Ok. I stand corrected. I still love Canon.


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Oct 08, 2015 10:25 |  #7

joedlh wrote in post #17712018 (external link)
While there are often random clunkers in a production run, the general consensus is that it's users picking the wrong autofocus mode, case, or focus point for the shot that they're trying to get. I shot the start of a marathon race last weekend. The focus nailed the lead runner every step of the way for a burst of 10 shots. And that's with -- dare I admit it -- pixel-peeping.


This was it for me. I chose the soccer looking dude for case for ummm soccer.. and turns out going to a different case... tennis player icon? did better for me..


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Oct 08, 2015 11:28 |  #8

That's the thing - As a potential 7D2 owner I followed every thread most carefully and tried to figure out how many people were actually seeing camera defects, and how many were just taking time to get the camera configured to their liking. I think I finally came up with about a half dozen posters who genuinely had a problem with the camera itself; the remainder were able to configure the AF cases, MFA the lens, reset the camera, upgrade the firmware, etc. and get their issues resolved. Of that small number, some were able to get the problem resolved with an exchange or repair, and others have gone through 3-4 units without success. Looking at published sales figures from dealers over the last year, it seems likely that many tens of thousands of 7D2 cameras are out there being used daily; a handful of defective cameras is a pretty low AQL out of that sample.

I know that even having extensive use of a 7D and 5D3, it took me a few weeks to get the 7D2 set up to where it was delivering the expected results consistently, even though it was clearly better out of the box than the other 2. 50% of the problem was my misunderstanding of the AF assist points, and the other 50% was an improper setting. Amusingly, retrofitting this setting and my style to the other two cameras produced an immediate improvement in my keeper rate with both. So NONE of the issues were defects in my 3 cameras.

Now, assuming that there was a mechanical/electrical problem with some early units, it stands to reason that since Canon has repaired some cameras, they are aware of any issues and are capable of correcting them. I bought mine in March from an authorized dealer, assuming that any questionable units had been purged from the supply line either through repairs or QA. My camera has been completely satisfactory, especially once I figured out how to set it and use it optimally. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another current production unit at this point.

As the above comments indicate, both the 7D and 5D3 were reported to have AF issues when first released. I feel that the same situation likely applied - minimal numbers of defective cameras and a lot of users taking time to settle in with the camera - with both. Make no mistake, they are all considerably more complex to set up than a Rebel or even an xxD series, and even experienced users have taken time to come fully to grips with them. The wonderful thing is that they are worth the investment in time; my 7D2 is the most natural camera I've ever owned when it comes to capturing the desired moment. I happened to shoot with all three bodies this past week, and the improvements in the newer technology are evident when dealing with tricky subjects. The 7D2 captures images that it has no right to, given the amount of time I allowed for some grab shots; it is truly wicked fast and accurate.


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Oct 08, 2015 11:40 as a reply to  @ TeamSpeed's post |  #9

This would make me believe that canon quietly fixed somethong , somewhere along the way.


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Oct 08, 2015 16:57 |  #10

My camera shipped from the retailer on Oct 30. By Christmas there were reports of focus issues. After reading quite a few of these posts I started to experiment with MFA. By March I had not been able to get any consistent results no matter what I did. I subsequently did a 'factory reset' to start from the beginning again. I contacted Canon by email and sent in the requested pictures. When taking the test shots I also took a set of the same shots with my T3i. These shots are a little better than those taken with the 7D2.

On one of my focus test excursions I took a bunch of shots of a stationary object with the camera well supported. All shots were soft with the exception of one shot in the middle of a short burst. That shot was perfect and it was that shot which convinced me to contact canon.

Canon's response was there was nothing wrong with my camera. If they had suggested I send it in for a checkup and then told me I was an idiot that would have been fine. Problem identified. With almost a year under my belt with this camera I still don't know if there is something wrong with the camera or not and based on Pondrader's recent experience it is unlikely I will send it into canon.

The focus errors are such that I can't nail down the source. Things aren't completely out of whack so my uncertainty continues.

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Oct 08, 2015 17:30 |  #11

RodS57 wrote in post #17738039 (external link)
My camera shipped from the retailer on Oct 30. By Christmas there were reports of focus issues. After reading quite a few of these posts I started to experiment with MFA. By March I had not been able to get any consistent results no matter what I did. I subsequently did a 'factory reset' to start from the beginning again. I contacted Canon by email and sent in the requested pictures. When taking the test shots I also took a set of the same shots with my T3i. These shots are a little better than those taken with the 7D2.

On one of my focus test excursions I took a bunch of shots of a stationary object with the camera well supported. All shots were soft with the exception of one shot in the middle of a short burst. That shot was perfect and it was that shot which convinced me to contact canon.

Canon's response was there was nothing wrong with my camera. If they had suggested I send it in for a checkup and then told me I was an idiot that would have been fine. Problem identified. With almost a year under my belt with this camera I still don't know if there is something wrong with the camera or not and based on Pondrader's recent experience it is unlikely I will send it into canon.

The focus errors are such that I can't nail down the source. Things aren't completely out of whack so my uncertainty continues.

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Can we assume you've applied all the firmware updates to 1.05?


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Oct 08, 2015 18:26 |  #12

mwsilver wrote in post #17738064 (external link)
Can we assume you've applied all the firmware updates to 1.05?

I haven't applied 1.0.5. The previous one yes. They seem to mostly apply to issues with specific canon lenses along with some other stuff. I'll give the new one a go one of these days.

I do get some sharp shots even with the tamron. I mostly use the tamron but for a walk around I use the 70-300L. After the email to canon I only used the 70-300L for weeks to try and confirm it was the tamron. The canon lens does work better than the tamron. Maybe it doesn't like the tamron. I am more than willing to admit that it is me. Probably just so I can say I didn't blow two grand.:-)

It was purchased specifically for BIF. I am a complete amateur at this type of shooting. Nothing I can do now but carry on and continue to practice. Ignoring the focus part of it, the other problems mentioned elsewhere (metering issues, main dial I think) and taking into account the number of shots I normally take in a year (about to 5000) I should be good for a few years.

I know, much more info than you asked for but I figured I would put it in context. Thanks for asking.

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Oct 08, 2015 20:03 |  #13

If the camera is under warranty still, I would simply request a repair order and send it in. At least make Canon prove there is no issue, or perhaps now they can identify an issue when they hook up the diagnostics. It will only cost you some time, nothing more, and could give you some peace of mind.


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Oct 08, 2015 21:43 |  #14

RodS57 wrote in post #17738122 (external link)
I haven't applied 1.0.5. The previous one yes. They seem to mostly apply to issues with specific canon lenses along with some other stuff. I'll give the new one a go one of these days.

I do get some sharp shots even with the tamron. I mostly use the tamron but for a walk around I use the 70-300L. After the email to canon I only used the 70-300L for weeks to try and confirm it was the tamron. The canon lens does work better than the tamron. Maybe it doesn't like the tamron. I am more than willing to admit that it is me. Probably just so I can say I didn't blow two grand.:-)

It was purchased specifically for BIF. I am a complete amateur at this type of shooting. Nothing I can do now but carry on and continue to practice. Ignoring the focus part of it, the other problems mentioned elsewhere (metering issues, main dial I think) and taking into account the number of shots I normally take in a year (about to 5000) I should be good for a few years.

I know, much more info than you asked for but I figured I would put it in context. Thanks for asking.

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Are you sure the lens is not the issue?


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Oct 09, 2015 06:08 |  #15

On the other hand..I loved my 7DII from the very start. other's had difficulty's but mine just felt like it was a extension of me and maybe thats the problem I'm having now. Im not sure what they changed as even they don't seem to know. or at least cant tell me over the phone. After the repair my camera is just average, ......ya know close but not super. I did put firmware 1.05 on when it came out and found no change in the focus or image quality using the 100-400LII or the 70-300L. I remember what struck me using this camera was the detail at greater distances, it was a weapon for sure. if I could go back in time I would never have sent it in to Canon for repair, ...I would have lived with the goofy wheel and kept my sniper style 7DII ,....


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