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Re: Please Help - why are pics not in focus and sharp?

Will try what you suggested. Thanks for sticking it out with me Smiley Wink

I went to the camera store ... Guy that helped me was the store manager and as far as I know is pretty knowledgable. He played with it and said he found both the camera and lens to be working fine. We took lots of shots and some were crisp and some were not... He said that the ones that were not were for various reason... Mostly hand shake etc.. Of the ones I showed him that I had taken he mentioned over exposure /too brought outside for perfecta focus/ too much white/blown out... Inside too dark so noise makes it look not 'sharp' etc.... Spent over an hour talking and taking shots... At the end of it all he basically suggested that using hand held may only result on 20% perfect in those lighting conditions at 1/100 - which is what we were using with f2.8 or f4. When we added the flash they were much better but of course no one wants to use flash all the time... Don't need to unless inside and light is low... In any case he assured me that both were working as one would expect and in some shots and scenarios I was expecting too much. Ie blowing up to the full degree the camera display allows and expecting sharp on the majority etc. showed him the test chart and he said most cameras at that price range would not be able to focus sharply on that size from 10 feet. Even with the 24-70...

And that lens was fine... If anything I had expectations that would match better with a different camera - maybe a full frame.


So then talked about the 70d vs the 7 .... Was wondering it I would give better results... He said the % in better focus would go up but not as much as he thought I expected.... Then suggested waiting a few months for the new 7d or if I didn't want to wait look at the 6d ... He thought I'd be happier with it... It's on sale for $1599.00 for one more day then I think 1699.00 for 2-3 more...

Tempted but that's $550 more than I got the 70d for....

Maybe I am expecting too much...

Regardless still going to try what you said tomorrow Smiley Wink

Thanks again.
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Re: Please Help - why are pics not in focus and sharp?

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OK, I am so glad you got another's opinion. I am so glad and not unexpectedly, the 24-70mm f2.8 is good.

But I disagree on the keeper rate. If I shot with the same expectations as he gave you, I would be out of business in short order.

As I told you way back I am not a fan of any of the xxD cameras. But in your case I believe some OTJT is in order. Go out and use it. Shoot a lot. Shoot everything. Learn that system and you will be fine.

EB
EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and several lenses!
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Re: Please Help - why are pics not in focus and sharp?

I agree! I need practice, practice practice!

What do you think of the 6d? Was thinking of it all last night.... Read some reviews and almost all are very good. Was considering going and picking it up today and playing with it this weekend then deciding on which to keep.

From a purely still picture camera is it not better than the 70d or any xxd?
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Re: Please Help - why are pics not in focus and sharp?

I know the 6d does not have an onboard flash but I have a 430 speed light... Saw some pics in low light and looked much better from the 6d... Since that has always been one of my primary wants (best performance in low light) is it worth considering. I want to get something now and then learn it and hopefully use for 3-5 plus years...

Other than the flash are there any other major differences/things the 6d does not have? I should know about?
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Re: Please Help - why are pics not in focus and sharp?

This is my personal preference and not based on the written specs.

But I wouldn't buy either, a 6D and/or a 70D. However, if given the choice I would go for the 6D in a heartbeat. As stated I am not a fan of any of the xxD cameras. I am not a big fan of the 6D either mainly because it has features I don't have need for and the biggest deal breaker, it is not a 5D.

Now this is me but I would prefer a good used 5D Mk II over either the 70D or 6D.

 

For you, however, the 6D is full frame and is going to open a whole new world for you. The 6D is Canon's idea of an enthusiasts level full frame camera, essentially a APS-C full frame version.

Bottom line, a 6D is a 70D in full frame clothes!

EB
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Re: Please Help - why are pics not in focus and sharp?

Thanks again.... any idea if my Sigma AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6  APO DG Macro for Canon will work on the 6D?

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Re: Please Help - why are pics not in focus and sharp?

Just checked - it will Smiley Wink

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Re: Please Help - why are pics not in focus and sharp?

In Sigma the DC designation means APS-C and DG means FF.

EB
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Re: Please Help - why are pics not in focus and sharp?

I would suggest you stop down the aperture a bit. Try around f/5.6 or so. I find that my f/.2.8 is not as sharp at f/2.8 as it is as f/4.5 and lower.
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Re: Please Help - why are pics not in focus and sharp?

I got my 6d for low light. I don't shoot serious super fast sports, though it does do a fine job with my girl's soccer. I would not shoot my crop sensor camera above ISO 400, and I really didn't like to go above 200. With the 6d 800 looks good, and I can make 1600 or 2500 or 3200 or even 6400 look pretty good. If printing small (5x7) 12800 can work.
Scott

Canon 5d mk 4, Canon 6D, EF 70-200mm L f/2.8 IS mk2; EF 16-35 f/2.8 L mk. III; Sigma 35mm f/1.4 "Art" EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro; EF 85mm f/1.8; EF 1.4x extender mk. 3; EF 24-105 f/4 L; EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS; 3x Phottix Mitros+ speedlites

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