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High School basketball tournament time with the Canon 7D Mk2

March 03, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Sorry for the long delay in posting it's been a tough month photo wise. It's been all about work and no personal work. So I thought I would write up about my experiences with the Canon 7D MK2.

I guess I was expecting to much out of the AF system on this camera. I have been using the old 7D for quite some time and was moderately happy with the AF performance. Sometimes it was unbelievable and other times it was dismal. So when the new model came out I waited a bit and got a good deal on it (thanks John). I immediately did some research on how to set up the AF settings and ran across an article by Peter Read Miller a well known sports photographer. He ran through the settings he has done on his 1D X. Since the AF systems are basically identical I have set up the 7D Mk2 the same. So far the results have been mixed. I love the 10 frames a sec. as I get a lot of choices but in the end I'm not getting a good ratio of in to out frames. I still blame myself for some of the errors like not holding down the AF button hard enough or at all. I'm still getting used to it. Basketball is really difficult as it is with so many people running around in the frame it's hard for the camera to lock on. But it has missed some really easy ones like a single player driving to the basket with no one around. I have been able to get some good frames and I post them here as a combination of images from the past couple of weeks. We still have more to come this week as two of our teams have been undefeated throughout the season. I did do an experiment with my older Canon 100 f2 (I love this lens) on my 5D Mk3 and the results were much better. I used this lens back in the day with my EOS 1 system and loved it for basketball. All of these images were made at ISO 6400 or 3200 1/800s @ 2.8. After a little practice with the 70-200 L the camera and I should get along better.  I have some nice images so I thought I would share some of them with you. 

phone selfiesphone selfiesMasconomet students celebrate senior night for the girls basketball team with headshots on sticks of the senior players while they take a selfie of themselves during Masco's 62-34 win Friday night Feb. 13, over the Hamilton Wenham Generals. Canon 7D Mk2 w/Canon 70-200 2.8 L

Girls basketballGirls basketballBeverly's Ashley Augulewicz passes from the baseline to a teammate as Salem's Brianna Rodriguez, Rachel Zipper, and Jaclyn Panneton defend during Salem's 56-46 tournament loss to Beverly at the Salem High Fieldhouse Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015. Sony Nex-7 w/Sony 20 2.8

Girls basketballGirls basketballBeverly's Ashley Augulewicz goes up for a rebound with a host of Salem players during Beverly's 56-46 win at the Salem High Fieldhouse Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015.

Canon 7D Mk2 w/Canon 70-200 2.8 L

Boys basketballBoys basketballHamilton Wenham's Nolan Wilson goes up for a shot as Manchester Essex' Justin Eigenlebiger and Craig Carter try to block during the Generals 87-44 win Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015. Wicked Local Staff Photo / Kirk R. Williamson

Canon 7D Mk2 w/Canon 70-200 2.8 L

Canon 7D Mk2 w/Canon 70-200 2.8 LCanon 7D Mk2 w/Canon 70-200 2.8 LDanvers Peter Merry can't find the handle on this rebound with Wakefield's Andrew Auld during Danvers 69-52 win over Wakefield Friday, Feb. 27, 2015.

Canon 7D Mk2 w/Canon 70-200 2.8 L

Boys basketballBoys basketballDanvers Devin Harris chases down the ball with Wakefield's Tighe Beck during Danvers 69-52 win over Wakefield Friday, Feb. 27, 2015.

Canon 7D Mk2 w/Canon 70-200 2.8 L

Boys basketballBoys basketballThe Danvers High cheering section was very active as seen here during a rough play on the floor during Danvers 69-52 win over Wakefield Friday, Feb. 27, 2015.

Canon 7D Mk2 w/Canon 70-200 2.8 L

Boys basketballBoys basketballDanvers Devonn Allen dives after the ball with Wakefield's MJ Urbano during Danvers 69-52 win over Wakefield Friday, Feb. 27, 2015.

Canon 7D Mk2 w/Canon 70-200 2.8 L

Girls basketballGirls basketballBeverly's Natalie Mellinger takes a contested shot past Arlington's Grace Caulo during Beverly's exciting 56-55 win Monday, March 2, 2015.

Canon 7D Mk2 w/Canon 70-200 2.8 L

Girls basketballGirls basketballBeverly's Melissa Lubas, right, celebrates with teammates after Beverly's exciting 56-55 win over Arlington Monday, March 2, 2015.

Canon 5D Mk3 w/Canon 100 f2

Girls basketballGirls basketballThe student cheering section celebrates after Beverly's exciting 56-55 win over Arlington Monday, March 2, 2015.

Canon 5D Mk3 w/Canon 100 f2


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