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What difference does the exposure metering method make with regard to focus?
Also, you're not often going to get 1/200 out of an f/4 lens on a cloudy afternoon in the woods in Seattle in January unless you up the ISO quite a bit over ISO 200, and I didn't want to use high ISOs.
I donít think the exposure method would make as much difference (in your shot) as where the focal point is.
You were using spot metering, and I thought you might have selected the lower focal point because of the part of the image that was in focus.
You are already shooting wide open, so going to maybe ISO 400 would get the shutter speed up some if you wanted. ISO 400 is not all that high (donít think you would see much noise if any with the 7D).
My dog on the back porch is at ISO 100, wide open, Av, lower focal point, spot metering and I got 1/50, but it was also shot at 12:30 PM, Sasha was late afternoon with some clouds, center weighted average, and ISO 400, both on an old 5D classic.
I try and use the lowest ISO I can get away with for the shot.
The dog on the porch is just laying there...Sasha was moving. Two different conditions.
All shots are hand held.
My main thought, was where the focal point was and that it was not on the subject. I have acccidently changed mine (I shoot spot metering for motorsports).
Last shot (not with the 70-200), low ISO...spot metering (center point)...1/60 (Tv)...I use spot in the motorsports shot because of the changing background...lets me take my metering and my focal point on the subject
Canon EOS 5D EF70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens 135mm f/5.0 1/200s 400 ISO 0.0 EV
Canon EOS 5D EF70-200mm f/4L IS USM lens 200mm f/4.0 1/50s 100 ISO 0.0 EV
Canon EOS 5D EF300mm f/4L IS USM lens 300mm f/10.0 1/60s 50 ISO -0.3 EV