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    I've had my Canon Rebel XS for about a year and a half, and although I'm very critical of my own photos, I'm becoming increasingly frustrated in general and I'm not sure if it's the limitations of the camera or my technique? My biggest complaint is not nailing the focus when taking pictures of a moving child. I use autofocus when photographing my children for portraits because I just cannot see well enough through the viewfinder to tell where the focus lies. Often, the images look fine when I review the LCD, but when I download them, the focus falls somewhere else and ruins what would otherwise have been a beautiful shot. It's maddening. I've noticed that the camera likes to "keep searching" for another focal point and often shoots blurry photos as a result, because it doesn't believe I know what I want to focus on. It's even happening when I use the auto modes- not just in manual. The only time the darn thing seems to work well is in full sunlight. Any thoughts?

    I'm saving for the 7D. Does anyone have any input for me on this camera-good or bad?

    Thanks. :)
     
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    7d is a horrible camera....run away from this one.

    Kidding...actually almost all the reviews I've heard about the 7d have been very positive so I'm sure it will be a great choice.
     
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    How are you utilizing your focus points?
     
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    What are your thoughts on the XS that I have? Based on my other post, does it sound like I've outgrown it, or that my technique might need work? I know it's several models back but it's still on the market, I believe.
     
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    It sounds to me that your technique needs to be improved, as does your understanding of how the camera's various auto focus modes works.
     
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    ???
     
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    There are 7 with my model. I use all 7/ AI Focus for action shots and just one/One Shot mode when taking portraits, using the inside corner of the eye as my target.
     
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    Do you see more missed focus with using all 7, or the center?

    I had an XSi, and pretty much only used the center point, and never seemed to have a problem. Using all points/auto, was sketchy.

    Only the center point is sensitive to horizontal and vertical contrast, and is the most sensitive. The outer points sense horizontal or vertical contrast to focus, but not both.

    Is that helpful, or info you already know?
     
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    BeansproutsPhoto TPF Noob!

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    I use a single point, though not necessarily the center one all the time. I will have to see if I have better luck using the center vs a different single point. Often, I'm using the one just to the right or the left of the center.
     
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    BeansproutsPhoto TPF Noob!

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    Care to elaborate or were you just itching to belittle someone looking for information on how to improve?
     
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    What lenses are you using, btw.
    I found the kit or prosumer (cheap) lenses dissapointing as far as sharpness goes. They do have their sweetspots, though. It wasn't until using better lenses that I realized the softness wasn't the camera.
     
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    There is your problem, try just using the center focus point, AI servo, AI Focus is no good for moving targets
     

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