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Canon 75-300mm III Lens not sharp

scapilot
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I've had this lens for many years and tried everything from diffrent bodies (eos Rebel and t5) and still all of my shots (Near or Far) are not clear. I have to photoshop everyone of them to get them clear. Is it the lens or something else?

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@scapilot wrote:

I'm using my T5 solely and I have a very slim budget due to to coronavirus issue and no work 😞 .. I'll definitely look into an alternative lens.. thanks 


Ah, sorry.  I had been posting the samples when you made this reply.

 

Well, if the budget is slim and you prefer not to wait, then I would recomment the MkI version of this lens too.  In my post reviewing the Non-L lenses, you will have seen the sample of the seagull taken with that lens.   Not likely to be available new, but you could get a used, or preferably refurbished one for a fairly low price.

 

I just looked at the Canon USA refurb site and there is a Mk II available for $359, if that is of any interest - I would suggest selling your old 75-300 lens.  Otherwise, try a second-hand website...

https://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/catalog/lenses-flashes/refurbished-lenses#facet:-8109841011081011...

 

Good luck and my condolances on your trying times.  The world has changed a lot, very quickly, and I fear there will be a new reality afterwards.  I cannot express how luck I feel to live where I do.


cheers, TREVOR

Professional photographer, engineer and educator since 1980

"All the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow", Leo Tolstoy;
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"A good swordsman is more important than a good sword" Amit Kalantri
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Tronhard
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The Canon 75-300 is a cheap kit lens and is arguably Canon's worst telephoto effort optically.  If you really want some decent images, get a replacement.

 

If you want something with the same reach then there are alternatives: read my review:

https://community.usa.canon.com/t5/Lenses/Non-L-70-300-Canon-Lenses/m-p/262318#M14886

 

You could pick up a MkI version (which is stil way better than the 75-300) for a song most likely, but the MkII is definitely a great lens and you could probably get one refurbished from Canon if you check their website.

 

Do you still shoot with the T5 and Rebel (which model)?  I have a fair range, so I am pretty confident I can find a comparible one and put the EF 70-300 MkII version on that.  Also what subjects do you shoot - I'll see what I can find that might be similar and will post a couple of images to this thread for your consideration.

 

In the meantime I will take a Canon EOS 80D with me - that should be more demanding than the bodies you referred to.


cheers, TREVOR

Professional photographer, engineer and educator since 1980

"All the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow", Leo Tolstoy;
"Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase" Percy W. Harris
"A good swordsman is more important than a good sword" Amit Kalantri
Technique will always Outlast Tech - Me

I'm using my T5 solely and I have a very slim budget due to to coronavirus issue and no work 😞 .. I'll definitely look into an alternative lens.. thanks 


@scapilot wrote:

I'm using my T5 solely and I have a very slim budget due to to coronavirus issue and no work 😞 .. I'll definitely look into an alternative lens.. thanks 


Ah, sorry.  I had been posting the samples when you made this reply.

 

Well, if the budget is slim and you prefer not to wait, then I would recomment the MkI version of this lens too.  In my post reviewing the Non-L lenses, you will have seen the sample of the seagull taken with that lens.   Not likely to be available new, but you could get a used, or preferably refurbished one for a fairly low price.

 

I just looked at the Canon USA refurb site and there is a Mk II available for $359, if that is of any interest - I would suggest selling your old 75-300 lens.  Otherwise, try a second-hand website...

https://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/catalog/lenses-flashes/refurbished-lenses#facet:-8109841011081011...

 

Good luck and my condolances on your trying times.  The world has changed a lot, very quickly, and I fear there will be a new reality afterwards.  I cannot express how luck I feel to live where I do.


cheers, TREVOR

Professional photographer, engineer and educator since 1980

"All the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow", Leo Tolstoy;
"Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase" Percy W. Harris
"A good swordsman is more important than a good sword" Amit Kalantri
Technique will always Outlast Tech - Me

As another thought. The Canon EF-S 55-250 IS STM lens could be an economical alternative.  They are generally significantly cheaper and though they have a shorter reach, depending up on what you are trying to photograph, they coud give you what you seek.  NOTE get the latest STM version and not the earlier IS or IS II ones.

 

Being a kit lens there are tons of them around on the market and you could likely pick up an STM version for not a great investment.  On the same Canon Refurb site there is a STM version for $216.

 

I have this lens and for most purposes it does a great job and should be a great partner to your T5.  (not sure if that is the T5 or T5i...

 

Mercy 008a.jpg

Canon EOS 60D, EF-S 55-250 IS STM, 89mm, f/8, 1/1600 Sec, ISO-200

 

sample 10.jpg

Canon EOS 650D (Rebel T4i), EF-S 55-250 IS STM, 57mm, f/8, 1/200 sec, ISO-200

 

sample 11.jpg

Canon EOS 60D, EF-S 55-250 IS STM, 109mm, f/11, 1/200sec, ISO-200

 

Magnolia-1.jpg

Canon EOS 80D, EF-S 55-250 IS STM, 105mm, f/7.1, 1/250 sec, ISO-800

 

7D2_1926a.jpg

Canon EOS 7DMkII, EF-S 55-250 IS STM, 140mm, f/7.1, 1/1600 sec, ISO-200


cheers, TREVOR

Professional photographer, engineer and educator since 1980

"All the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow", Leo Tolstoy;
"Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase" Percy W. Harris
"A good swordsman is more important than a good sword" Amit Kalantri
Technique will always Outlast Tech - Me

Wow.. beautiful shots ! That's exactly what I was looking for. Clear sharp photos. I looked at a few lenses online last night and I found a couple of them for around 400.00 and that's something I can work with. I'll get one once my stimulus check gets here.. lol. Thanks for sharing. Keep the photos coming.


@scapilot wrote:

Wow.. beautiful shots ! That's exactly what I was looking for. Clear sharp photos. I looked at a few lenses online last night and I found a couple of them for around 400.00 and that's something I can work with. I'll get one once my stimulus check gets here.. lol. Thanks for sharing. Keep the photos coming.


If funds are an issue, and I would assume they are, then DO consider getting a refurb unit from Canon.  They come with a warranty and they have been fully serviced by their specialists, so they are just as good as new, but for less money.  About the only thing you will miss is that the lenses may come in a white box instead of the normal livery.


cheers, TREVOR

Professional photographer, engineer and educator since 1980

"All the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow", Leo Tolstoy;
"Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase" Percy W. Harris
"A good swordsman is more important than a good sword" Amit Kalantri
Technique will always Outlast Tech - Me

I started my love of photography when I was in the 6th grade with my Canon A1 35mm and when I got older I went to the AE1 and a motor drive. That was when you could shoot at anything and get great shots. Oh Well I'll get a differnt lens and give it another try. Thank's for the help.

I came from the A1 school, too.  I still have mine.  I also still have my F1n. I occasionally use it for fun.  It was my constant companion for years. There wasn't a day gone by that I didn't use it. It is a real friend.

EB
EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and several lenses!


@ebiggs1 wrote:

I came from the A1 school, too.  I still have mine.  I also still have my F1n. I occasionally use it for fun.  It was my constant companion for years. There wasn't a day gone by that I didn't use it. It is a real friend.


I started my photographic career with 2x Nikon F3's and 2 Canon A-1's, using Tamrom Adaptall SP lenses as I was on the road or in the wild a lot.  I still have one of each, but just the one Canon 50mm f/1.4.


cheers, TREVOR

Professional photographer, engineer and educator since 1980

"All the beauty of life is made up of light and shadow", Leo Tolstoy;
"Skill in photography is acquired by practice and not by purchase" Percy W. Harris
"A good swordsman is more important than a good sword" Amit Kalantri
Technique will always Outlast Tech - Me
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