Rated 2 out of
Not So Happy"I have owned a number of Canon DSLR's from the Rebel to the 7D. I decided to replace my older 7D with something newer. After reading the general reviews I decided on the 70D. It was on sale, and was the least expensive unit with micro focus adjustment (I would never again buy a camera without this feature). I found the newer menu system easy to learn, and the touch screen was handy. I was quite happy with unit overall, even though it lacked a magnesium body and weather sealing.
The major flaw with this unit is the autofocus. I primarily use an L series 300mm f/4 prime with the 1.4x iii extender. I photograph birds and this combination consistently delivered tack sharp pics on about 90% of my shots on my previous Canon DSLR's. But not on the 70D. The autofocus was completely unreliable, in spite of countless micro adjustments with the tripod on the test patterns. The micro adjustment spans from -20 to +20, and no setting gave reliable focus. About 5% were somewhat sharp and the other 95% were blurred and fuzzy. This phenomenon occurred right across the micro adjustment settings. It was also very difficult to follow birds in flight with the 19 focus point system. The camera was useless for my purposes.
For shooting video, landscapes or other general use, I think the unit would probably be ok.
After doing deeper research I found testing done by professionals on 70D that revealed the same issues that I was having the auto focus was inaccurate and unreliable.
I decided to return the 70D body and exchange it for the 7D Mark II. In an instant my results returned to consistent 90% tack sharp images with minimal micro focus adjustment.
I am glad that Henry's back their products and I was able to return the 70D within the time period and buy the 7D Mark II instead."