Upgraded Equipment

posted on 25th of october, 2013

Finally tired of fighting the camera and the far-too-often "out of focus" issues when an image is not accepted, I went ahead and ordered a Canon 7D (upgrading from a T2i.)
I can't believe how much better my images are turning out! And, I wondered why I had waited so long to make the move.

Camera equipment is an investment in your business (or hobby, as it is for so many people.) But having quality equipment will make all your efforts much more worthwhile. Imagine finding yourself in a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity and being unable to get a quality shot! Kinda like a hole-in-one with nobody to witness....
I'm so glad I upgraded!

Comments (11)

Posted by Alvera on October 29, 2013
I'm married with a Nikon, but my first love was a Canon. Black body, long 200 mm legs, sharp and clear eyes... am I day dreaming or what?! Sorry!
Posted by Nikon4004 on October 29, 2013
One universal truth about equipment is that you will change bodies more often than a lens, so invest in good/best quality glass you can get and you will be happy. Most major camera manufacturers will use the same mount system for years so you do not haev to purchase new lenses everytime you upgrade your body. I shoot with all NIKON equipment and O can go back to lenses produced in teh 50's and still be OK< abeit no autofocus.
Posted by Bradcalkins on October 29, 2013
Thank you Bradcalkins, I`m looking at the tutorial now!

Cool. Just be glad it isn't like the new Olympus E-M1 - you can set microadjustments for EVERY one of the 37 AF points, for each end, and even lets you adjust for each end of a zoom range!!! Now that is a lot of fine tuning. What is cool, though, is that you can do the adjustment in live view and see where the focus is ending up as you adjust it (unlike most SLRs which don't have the phase detect sensors on the chip).

Lets see, I have 2 zooms and a macro, so five, times 37 is 185 adjustments to make!
Posted by Egomezta on October 28, 2013
Congratulations, enjoy your new toy.
Posted by Doubleclick7 on October 28, 2013
Thank you Bradcalkins, I'm looking at the tutorial now!
Posted by Bradcalkins on October 27, 2013
Here is one such tutorial, specific to Canon with info on the 7D:

Tutorial On Microadjustment

And here is a link to DPReview's latest look at the Canon 70D's AF system with the on chip phase detect pixels. Note how much better on chip focus is than via the viewfinder - until the viewfinder is calibrated with microadjustments (unless you are lucky enough to happen upon a lens/body combo that result in perfect focus): Canon 70D AF review
Posted by Bradcalkins on October 27, 2013
Adjusting the micro focus is a fairly involved process. You go into the custom menu and have to setup each lens. Usually you mount the camera on a tripod and then take a photo at each of the microadjustment settings and then review them and set it to the optimum one. Complicated for zooms as it only has a single setting per lens. I'll try to find an online tutorial for you...
Posted by Doubleclick7 on October 27, 2013
Thanks everyone! Bradcalkins, I'm so new to the 7D, how exactly do I micro adjust? I've tried the various focus options, and found that a single focus point works best with still objects/animals/people, and the tracking is pretty cool for moving objects. Tracking works horribly for still objects.
Posted by Infokus408 on October 26, 2013
congrats! now shoots lots and lots! =)
Posted by Bradcalkins on October 26, 2013
I did a quick little test between my mirrorless camera and a lower end rebel without microadjust, and it was pretty surprising how inaccurate the dSLR was for focus (without adjustment). I highly recommend doing microadjustment with the 7D, especially for prime lenses. Here is a before/after example: 7D microadjust

I'd also recommend playing with the size of the AF points. I found that the larger sizes often caused small focus errors when trying to focus on eyes and so on - the larger box would sometimes hit the eyebrow, etc. Happy shooting!
Posted by Helgidinson on October 25, 2013
Congrats on your new gear acquisition.....

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