08-24-2020 11:43 AM - edited 08-24-2020 07:15 PM
First of all, it's my very first post here - although I'm a Canon customer since 2010. I'm quite used with the settings for Rebel (my previous one was T1i - passed away when I was trying to get a good shot over a slippery stone on a river shore). Now I use a T3i with the stock 18-135mm kit.
I noticed that even from the beginning the photos weren't as good (in focusing) as the ones I had with my T1i 18-55mm. This is a second-hand kit that had probably 20k+ shots before me (now close to 50k). I have already sent the camera to an official repair shop for a general cleanup and check-up and it was retrieved with the status 'fine'.
I use to take pictures using the viewfinder + MF, but I also tried using the display + AF and the results are quite similar (it takes a bit longer to lock but it locks).
Check the higher resolution versions with the links below each image. I couldn't manage the upload to work with these files - it keeps yelling that I have an invalid HTML.
It keeps blurring in a strange way (like depth of field + reflection) and I'd like some help to figure out what's happening. The following pictures were taken without any physical filter attached to the lens.
1/1250 f/5.6 ISO100
1/1000 f/5.6 ISO100
1/400 f/5.6 ISO100
1/160 f5.6 ISO100
1/1000 f/5.6 ISO100
08-24-2020 06:00 PM
What are we looking for in the images? BTW, the images are too small for critical review.
08-25-2020 10:37 AM
I don't quite understand exactly what you are asking either. I looked at each of them. They are all OOF. Simple, you missed focus. The dogs were shot at 92mm with the lens wide open at f5.6. Focus has to be spot on when you do that.
That's my first guess anyway.
Here is what I would do, reset the T3i to factory. Clear all custom settings, too. Now put the Rebel in P mode, not M. ISO 200, auto WB, One shot focus. Do not use Ai-servo! Put your lens on and set the AF switch to AF, do not use MF. Go outside on a nice clear sunny day and just shoot some various subjects. If what you get it OK there is nothing wrong with your gear. If on the other have they are still crummy, the camera needs service.
If that is true it may not be worth fixing.
08-25-2020 12:15 PM
Thanks for the catch! I've updated the main question. I wasn't aware the thumbnails were not functional.
"I use to take pictures using the viewfinder + MF, but I also tried using the display + AF and the results are quite similar (it takes a bit longer to lock but it locks)."
Those methods of shooting are probably half, if not most, of your problem. Use the viewfinder and autofocus. When you hold the camera up to your eye, keep your elbows tucked in close to your body. This helps to steady hands. Besides, you do not want your elbows sticking out to the side where someone may bump into you causing you to drop the camera.