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04/07/2005 09:25:42 PM · #1
I'm trying to learn with my new canon 70-200 f/4 L lens. I have had it less than a week and would love to have some comments on how I am doing with it. I know the lens is good I just hope I'm good enough for it. Thanks in advance.
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04/07/2005 09:28:48 PM · #2
the closeups of the ducks seem to be tack sharp, but the others at the wider focal length don't seem to be.? however, i really like 'thunder rolls'.. great shot.

what's the shutter speed listed on that shot?
04/07/2005 09:34:31 PM · #3
Originally posted by saintaugust:

the closeups of the ducks seem to be tack sharp, but the others at the wider focal length don't seem to be.? however, i really like 'thunder rolls'.. great shot.

what's the shutter speed listed on that shot?


Thunder Rolls
Shutter Speed - 1/500 sec.
Aperture - F/10
Focal Lenght - 200mm

I'm not real steady with my hands and I did not use a tripod. Most likely motion blur
ISO - 100

Rivers Bend
Shutter Speed 1/200 sec.
Aperture - F/14
Focal Length - 91mm
ISO - 400

Message edited by author 2005-04-07 21:35:47.
04/07/2005 09:36:18 PM · #4
Originally posted by SDW65:

Originally posted by saintaugust:

the closeups of the ducks seem to be tack sharp, but the others at the wider focal length don't seem to be.? however, i really like 'thunder rolls'.. great shot.

what's the shutter speed listed on that shot?


Thunder Rolls
Shutter Speed - 1/500 sec.
Amperture - F/10
Focal Lenght - 200mm
ISO - 100

Rivers Bend
Shutter Speed 1/200 sec.
Aperture - F/14
Focal Length - 91mm
ISO - 400


i dont know then, maybe its my monitor.

maybe try unsharp mask and see if it gets any clearer...
04/07/2005 09:53:56 PM · #5
Originally posted by saintaugust:



i dont know then, maybe its my monitor.

maybe try unsharp mask and see if it gets any clearer...


No, I agree. The two landscapes don't seem to be sharp. could be because of handheld issues...esp the River Bend.

I like the Thunder Rolls shot...nice feel to it.
04/07/2005 10:17:53 PM · #6
LOVE the Thunder Rolls shot. It even looks like the person's outline can be seen in the clouds. VERY neat!

Your bird shots are great! I drive by a marsh twice a day and it is often peppered with birds but my little 4x zoom is no match. I try in vain to take bird pics but they are just too far away for me.
04/07/2005 10:26:55 PM · #7
Originally posted by Jozi:

LOVE the Thunder Rolls shot. It even looks like the person's outline can be seen in the clouds. VERY neat!

Your bird shots are great! I drive by a marsh twice a day and it is often peppered with birds but my little 4x zoom is no match. I try in vain to take bird pics but they are just too far away for me.


Thank you, I didn't notice that before. But you are right looks like the cloud is looking at him. Wild how clouds can form.
04/07/2005 11:03:24 PM · #8
Scott, the duck pictures are really, really nice. So tack sharp and the color is lovely. I WANT that lens! The landscapes do appear a bit soft, could it be something that happened in post processing?

Perhaps you could put up a landscape shot that hadn't been edited - just resized. What sort of focus did you use with the landscapes? Did you chose a focus point or let the camera choose?
04/07/2005 11:08:42 PM · #9
Originally posted by Sammie:

Scott, the duck pictures are really, really nice. So tack sharp and the color is lovely. I WANT that lens! The landscapes do appear a bit soft, could it be something that happened in post processing?

Perhaps you could put up a landscape shot that hadn't been edited - just resized. What sort of focus did you use with the landscapes? Did you chose a focus point or let the camera choose?


I had the camera on full auto. And the "out of camera shots" looked blurred to me [not sharp]. I think it is because I was shooting handheld because the lens is kind of heavy. Also being in full auto mode could have something to do with it. I have only used the lens a couple of times and there is a big learning curve with it. So I believe its my fault, not the lens. Tomorrow I am going to use a tripod and self timer in the full auto mode and see if there is a difference. Then I'm going to try the same but not in full auto mode. I'm going to go manual using the infinity option.
04/07/2005 11:36:47 PM · #10
It won't be long before you get the hang of things and can use all the manual setting stuff. I tend to use Aperture Priority a lot and meter on the highlights. It is so bright (and usually sunny) here that even at sunset and sunrise the highlights will get blown out if you don't meter on the highlights.
04/07/2005 11:40:32 PM · #11
Originally posted by Sammie:

It won't be long before you get the hang of things and can use all the manual setting stuff. I tend to use Aperture Priority a lot and meter on the highlights. It is so bright (and usually sunny) here that even at sunset and sunrise the highlights will get blown out if you don't meter on the highlights.


I hope so. Thanks for the comments and help Sammie. I can understand about the bright sun where you live. I went to Breckenridge, CO. for a week in June [it snowed 6"] something a southern boy is not use to. But I was so surprised how much water I had to drink per day to keep hydrated. I must say it is a beautiful place.
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