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    Angry Frustrated with my shots

    Brand new T4i. Lens is an old EF-S17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM.
    I can't seem to get a sharp image with this thing no matter what I do.

    Take a look at this shot. On a tripod, f11, bright skies, iso 100, 1/125, and it still looks about as sharp as a fucking iphone pic.





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    If it's on tripod, you can try turning IS off.

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    What was your focal point? Does it look bad at 100%?

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    dave, where did you focus on that shot?

    also can you take test shots of subjects 5-10ft away from you and see if it focus properly and sharp?

    was it windy? IS turned on?

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    Is the firmware up to date? My Nikon had updates a couple of times a year.

    Is the QUALITY SETTING on: JPEG Large Fine or even better RAW?

    More stuff here to look at (see #13 MENUS, etc as well): http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/cano...650d-rebel-t4i

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    Originally posted by taemo
    dave, where did you focus on that shot?

    also can you take test shots of subjects 5-10ft away from you and see if it focus properly and sharp?

    was it windy? IS turned on?

    Originally posted by CanmoreOrLess
    Is the firmware up to date? My Nikon had updates a couple of times a year.

    Is the QUALITY SETTING on: JPEG Large Fine or even better RAW?

    More stuff here to look at (see #13 MENUS, etc as well): http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/cano...650d-rebel-t4i
    Sorry guys. I didn't forget about this thread. Just hammered with work the last few days. Also I didn't really post this in the proper sub forum. I realized that when I couldn't find it. Idiot

    Okay....

    • I focused on the the far hill...so "infinity"?.
    • Yes I have the file size on the largest, and highest rez. I've shot RAW, but pretty much the same results.
    • Firmware? Huh? Never checked. Didn't know I had to keep that updated. Is that like driver files?
    • No it wasn't windy, but yes I have the IS turned on.

      Here's a couple of other closer shots. Sometimes I get a great shot, but most of the time I'm not impressed at all with them. Even when I use my tripod, and I've got a good Manfrotto.
      When I use my 70-200 "L" lens, I'm happy. And I've got a new 1.8 50mm that I like. But my daily "walk around" 17-85 just irritates me. Pretty much just a "snapshot" at best.









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    Thinking you either have a bad copy or are expecting L series results from a mid-low end lens. Or a combination of both.


    The last three shots look decent to me, though.

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    dave, have you had the chance to test the lens on a different body?

    also, from what I've read about the 17-85 (good thing I sold mine years ago) it has some flaws
    http://martybugs.net/blog/blog.cgi/g...ns-Issues.html

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    It should be noted that the 17-85 is not a very sharp lens at all. The corners are incredibly soft and so is the center performance.

    Read some reviews and they confirm the 17-85's poor sharpness. Since your L lens gives you sharp results it's the lens.

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    Step up to a 17-55 2.8 for sharper photos. I love mine, it's quite versatile, good for a walk around lens.

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