See the following examples, many of which you’d rarely use – all taken with Canon 70-200mm F4 IS – no flash. Settings on the pictures. ISO 2500 to ISO 25600. Click for bigger.
The following photo was taken on the fly whilst photographing a cricket game on the weekend. Shot on Canon 7dii with Canon 70-200 f4 IS lens in raw processed in Lightroom, and downloaded from Dropbox so what you’re seeing s lost some rendition. Most cameras these days have all the resolution and detail you’ll ever need. So do the lenses. The software for developing raw files is amazing. Stop worrying about the math of photography and start focusing on capturing life and light. You can learn the basics and get very good very quickly if you’re prepared to watch a few hours of YouTube videos.
There are many factors that effect AF in any camera. So here’s my tips for getting the best out of your Canon 7dii for AF:
- Remember that shutter speed is the overriding factor for the capture of motion. Slow speeds capturing fast moving subjects create blur, whereas faster shutter speeds freeze the action. For example the pictures below were taken at approx 1/1000th of a sec. If they were taken at 1/30th of a sec then they would be blurred.
- IS or imagine stabilisation on lenses or in camera bodies will not help you capture fast moving subjects. They are only useful primarily for lower shutter speeds.
- Make sure you’re holding the camera steady and gently squeeze the shutter button – dont hammer it!
- Use your back button focus button on the 7dii – it maintains active AF – see manual or google for more info.
- Make sure your camera is set to ‘Continuous AF on’ in the menu – see manual or google – very important tip many people forget.
- Set the camera to continuous high rather than single shot – use top LCD screen to change. Allows you to shoot many frames as long as your shutter button is pressed so you can later choose the best picture.
- Use AI Servo all the time – I’ve found it to be more accurate with back button focus.
- As for the AF modes in the menu, most often the default setting (1) will work well, but you can customise any of them if you want to get very technical with your AF settings.
- Choose an aperture thats forgiving – f8 is quite forgiving with the 70-200mm.
- AF zones – the pictures below where taken with the largest zone (the entire frame) possible to demonstrate that the camera is pretty smart in picking up movement. Smaller zones well tracked by the photographer should increase the hit rate of frames in focus.
Overall the 7dii is a fantastic camera with great image quality and loads of features to suit the family, hobbyist or professional.
Yes the Canon 7dii can also capture great candid portraiture. These shots were taken at home in candid situations with no planning and time posing. One was even shot in complete auto mode (shock horror). The moment always triumphs technology.
Yes I’ve sold my Canon 6d. I didn’t intend on selling my 6d. It’s a great camera. It produces wonderful images, is reasonably light weight, is packed full of features and is easy to use with a range of fantastic lenses. Its full frame sensor is full of goodness in detail and high ISO. I’ve always tended to shoot Canon cameras, and love my 7dii, just as I did with with my older 60d. But sold it I did. The reason I sold the 6d is because I realised I don’t really need a full frame camera anymore. In fact I’m realising I may never need a full frame camera ever again. Here’s why:
- The development of apsc sensors has advanced significantly. They have greater pixel density therefore better resolution allowing me to crop in post if necessary. The Canon 7dii is exceptional at retaining from crops.
- I’m not shooting in extremely dark locations 99% of the time. Even so the testing I’ve done with the 7dii and XT10 have shown very pleasing results at significantly high ISO’s.
- I don’t mind a little noise if I have to push the ISO past 3200 or 6400.
- I don’t mind using a flash (bounce) or a LED light to illuminate the room without overpowering the scene.
- Crop factors of 1.5x or 1.6x allow me to get closer without buying lenses that cost more than $1000.
- The sensor is not everything, there’s also the software in the camera that effects the output, which seems to have improved significantly.
- The money I can save from the lower cost sensor allows me to invest in glass.
- I’m not into pixel peeping. If you are then buy a medium format digital or something like the new Sony A7IIR or Canon 5DRs etc etc.
- Dynamic range debates are overrated. Almost every camera sold today has plenty of dynamic range to adjust if required.
Will I ever buy a full frame camera again? Maybe……never say never, but right now the apsc sensor still has many years life left in plenty of new cameras yet to be launched.