The other day, I got an email asking for my help. She wanted me to tell her what’s the best settings for her Canon 7D for…

I regularly get the same question in a different form:

  • What’s the best camera…
  • What’s the best lens…
  • What’s the best camera bag…
  • What’s the best way of using the flash remotely…

There’s no best setting for your camera. There’s no best lens, there’s no best camera bag…

My preferred sport / action settings are:

  1. Evaluative metering
  2. AF-ON back button for focusing
  3. Zone-AF
  4. 70-200/4IS fairly wide open
  5. Higher ISO to reach the minimum shutter speed to capture some “sharpness”

These are my preferences. This is what’s likely to work better for me in most circumstances. Do I know what are your circumstances? Where will you be seated? Where will you be standing? What’s the lighting? What’s your access? How good are you as a photographer?

I’m sure that some other photographer, with completely different settings, will make better photos than mine. It could happen! But these are my preferred settings and these settings are my starting point. My preferred settings gave me good photos the last time. Next week, my preferred settings could change.