Photoshop/Camera Raw: Photos seem soft focused with Grain/Pixelation without high iso or low light?

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Hi all! This is my first post and I'm extremely frustrated and could really use some input. I am a professional photographer, and most of the time my photos turn out fine. BUT I've noticed some weird issues. I keep getting photos that have soft focus and what looks like weird pixelation? I honestly don't know what this is... or why it's doing this and any input would be awesome. It's happening in broad daylight and it's hard to imagine it's "noise". It seems to only happen when photos are taken at a distance.... I am starting to wonder if something is wrong with my camera? Any input would be much appreciated. I cut out a chunk of an unedited photo, so you could see..
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Do you have a different lens you could test with the same camera? See if you still have the problem.
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Yes. It doesn't seem to make a difference. Is this a normal thing? It doesn't seem to happen all the time... This was with a Canon 70-200 2.8
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Are you shooting in raw or JPG? If you're shooting JPG check the "quality" settings. You might have it set to a low quality JPG or a problem with the JPG processor in the camera. I would do all tests in RAW mode to eliminate any JPG processing/quality issues.

Maybe another member can offer more insight as well.
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I always shoot in RAW :) Thank you so much for your help. :) 
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Could you post a raw file? That would let us see the metadata in the file in case it provides any clues. One thought is you have your ISO cranked up super high on the camera.