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Canon 7D Mark II Auto Focus – Part 3: Prioritizing Your Autofocus Options

With so many options for configuring the autofocus system to your exact needs, the 7Dmk2 is a camera that you can tailor to your own preferences. When it comes to the seven autofocus grouping options, I find that I have my favourites, and seldom use all of them. In this video, I describe how to limit the autofocus options to just the ones you like using, whether that be Spot AF, or Single Point, or 65 Point AF (or any of the other 4 groupings that are available).  In this way, I can save shooting time when selecting between them. By reducing the options, I also lessen the chance of making an accidental selection. Further to this, I take a look at switching between the different viewfinder options for the focus array.

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I am a guide and a photographer, with a deep interest in all things to do with nature. I am based in Cape Town, South Africa, but travel often to wild places whilst leading photographic safaris, and enjoying the outdoors.

5 Responses to “Canon 7D Mark II Auto Focus – Part 3: Prioritizing Your Autofocus Options”

  1. Khan Says: March 29, 2016 at 10:47 am

    Next time you are un Northern Tanzania,please visit my lodge which is a stone throw away from some game parks here. You could even stay without paying and will be honoured.

    • Grant Atkinson Says: March 29, 2016 at 10:50 am

      Hi Khan
      Thanks so much for the very kind offer. I will keep that in mind 🙂

  2. DaveT Says: March 30, 2016 at 7:28 am

    Hi Grant,
    Another excellent and clearly explained video guide to using this camera. I particularly like the fact you pitch it at the perspective of a wildlife photographer. That is so helpful to anyone using the camera for this purpose. As you know, a lot of the literature that Canon uses, and some of the menu icons. i.e. the AF Case Modes (and descriptions of them when you press the info button) are pitched at sports users, so your hands on experience and the way you translate the settings to practical wildlife shooting scenarios is very welcome.

    • Grant Atkinson Says: March 30, 2016 at 7:16 pm

      Hi Dave
      Thanks so much for your feedback, and your support. I totally agree with you, that much of the available literature is based on sports shooters experience and requirements. Whilst they are often similar to wildlife users needs, it is not always the case. Hope I can keep the videos useful and interesting 🙂
      Cheers for now

  3. Sabine Stols Says: April 2, 2016 at 6:17 am

    I am so glad I finally got a chance to watch your tutorials on the 7D Mark II’ s auto focus settings. So much great advise. Looking forward to the next one 🙂 Thanks a lot for sharing Grant!

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