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Old Feb 26, 2005, 7:16 PM   #1
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About 2 months ago I bought a 20D and Canon lens. When it arrived the focus was very soft or out of focus on every shot. Now this is not my first digital camera #6 I think so I know what they can do. I called the vendor and they told me it was a known problem send it back. So it got returned only to get a second camera that was the same. I went as far as to disable all the focus points but the center still off focus. When I caled the seller again He said maybe the lens was not right so we agreed on a price and I bought to of the expensive SIGMA PRO lenses for the Canon 20D. Same thing. I tested the camera using a fixed focus point and offset other items at different distances from the focused on item. At 10 feet from the lens ISO 100, 70mm, f4, lots of studio lighting..... The camera focused anywhere plus or minus about 12 inches WOOOOOOW. The only way to get this camera to take clear crisp photos is to use 5000watts of studio light in apature mode (F18 or higher) and of cource tripod mount it.Not much use to me like this. So I sent it to Canon for repair. Go it back yesterday.Service was fast less then 15 days from shiping to return. Repeating the same focus test it is now plus and minus 18 inches THEY MADE IT WORSE. The note said to check with sigma for lens problems, yet I started with the Canon lens. I will ship it off again on Monday and see what happens. This is the most expensive paper weight I have ever bought. I have an Olympus E20N that is 5Meg and shoots circles around this BIG CANON PIT I am throwing money into. Avoid this camera unless you want to send camera back and forth not photos.
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Old Feb 26, 2005, 7:46 PM   #2
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I have heard that the 20D defaults to parameter 2 in the creative zone modes. If you are using creative zones you might try setting it to parameter 1 for sharper images.
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Old Feb 27, 2005, 1:57 PM   #3
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Thanks for the help cabose, But it is not just "sharpness" The focus is not on the subject. It is way in front to way behind and 1 out of 100 right on. I had it set to set1 +1, +2, +1, 0. With my first call to the factory.
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