5D Mark ii - Soft Focusing!?! AHHHHHHH!

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  1. Calypso b

    Calypso b TPF Noob!

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    So I had been saving my pennies for what seemed like forever to get this camera. I finally got it the other day.

    Since I got it, I have taken over 1200 photos with many different types of lenses (granted my lenses aren't all that great) and It seemed that the focusing wasn't quite clear. I originally thought this might be my lenses but after a bit of online research, I have found out that the Mark ii does have some focusing issues. I am so, so, so disapointed. Should I take it back and get something else?

    Anyone have any knowledge or experience with this issue?? Do you own a mark ii and don't have this problem?

    Help! I think I might cry


     
  2. Davor

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    Well have you gone to the store for a direct replacement? I mean from what i hear the 5d mkII is an amazing camera, but then again im a Nikon guy i wouldn't know much about your problem.
     
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    Insert Nikon vs. Canon joke here...

    Don't cry. I can't tell you what your problem is, but it's most likely not the camera. The 5DMII is a great camera. I think the focusing issues you've read about have more to do with having trouble acquiring focus in certain situations, not necessarily mis-focusing. (I could be wrong)

    What camera did you have prior to this? Do you still have it? Have you tried it in similar situations? Perhaps take a photo with each camera in the same situation, with the same lens, and post them here.
     
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    Bitter Jeweler Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I :heart: my 5DmkII.

    Amazing image quality.

    Don't have enough info to help you.
    Is it the camera or (sorry) user error?
    There aren't that many variables.
     
  5. Slaphead

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    And therein lies the rub I think. Let's discount user error for the moment, but you have to understand you've moved up to a 21 megapixel camera. You are now at the stage where even minor flaws in your lenses are going to be visible. I've just moved to a 16 megapixel crop sensor camera and by god can I now see the difference between my consumer lenses and what little pro glass I have.

    Really for us to help you further, you need to post an example, stating what lens you where using and what settings you had (aperture, shutter speed, ISO etc).

    Edit: regarding online talk about focusing issues with the 5D mark ii, believe me you can type "<insert camera model here> focus problems" and end up with tons of hits regardless.
     
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  6. Village Idiot

    Village Idiot No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    What lenses do you own, have you tested on a focusing chart, have you tried to micro adjust your lenses?

    I'm another 5D MKII owner. I have the MKI 70-200 f/2.8L IS, the 17-40 f/4L. the 24-70 f/2.8L, the 15 f/2.8 fish, and the 85 f/1.8. The only lens that was soft was the 24-70 and that's before I used the micro adjustments to fix it. What's micro adjustment? RTFM.
     
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    gsgary Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    You need top quality lenses to get the best out of a 5Dmk2, it's no good having a great body andf crap lenses
     
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    As long as they are Canon lenses they should be decent since EF-S lenses won't fit on a 5D.
     
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    gsgary Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    If you say so :lol:
     
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    I'm basing that on:
    Half the Canon lenses are L.
    The other half should have ultrasonic focusing motors in them.
    The lenses the OP has are free of physical damage.

    So, is that a stretch?
     
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    have a 5D and that shows up cheap lenses but use L lenses and it is a different world
     

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