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jscowcroft
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Jul 07, 2011 06:49 |  #4036

smyke wrote in post #12712732external link
I vote for a new rule for this thread:
Everyone posting tack sharp photos (disgusting, really ;) ) MUST explain to us not so fortunate/knowledgable how in the world they were able to do it.
Whatever tips you can give will be greatly appreciated.
I see many folks mentioning "learning the lens" but what was it that you learned about it that helped you get better shots out of it?

Who is with me?

I hope its not too much to ask.

I totally agree - some of you are getting out standing shots and I am still just not getting those really sharp images. If at least you could post your settings that might help. Am I correct in assuming that the greater the zoom the shorter the depth of field? If so how are you able to catch such detail on the planes and birds?


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Jul 07, 2011 07:25 |  #4037

A day at the Jersey shore

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Jul 07, 2011 08:36 |  #4038

jscowcroft wrote in post #12717932external link
I totally agree - some of you are getting out standing shots and I am still just not getting those really sharp images. If at least you could post your settings that might help. Am I correct in assuming that the greater the zoom the shorter the depth of field? If so how are you able to catch such detail on the planes and birds?


If I am using my 55-250 extended to 250 for photographing plants or wildlife, I would set the camera to AV with an aperture as wide as possible, f4 up to f6.3, that will make the point of focus clear, but the background will be blurred, because with those setting you will have a shallow depth of field.

On a dull day with aperture settings greater than f6.3, the 55-250 will set the camera to a slow shutter speed. I have found that shutter speeds less than 1/160 sec will probably cause blurred photographs from camera shake, despite the image stabilization. A good tripod always helps in low light

These are my own experiences with this lens and are very basic. If any regular has anything to add, please feel free to do so.

At f4 the 55-250 is not a fast lens, but with a little perseverance it is capable of some decent results.

There are some great tutorials on this forum for anyone who wants further reading.

Regarding the settings I have used for my photographs posted on this forum. I use Flickr and all of the Exif is in tact. To obtain this info, click on the photo which will take you to my Flickr page, above the photo is an "Actions" tab, click on that and you get a drop-down list, Exif is about 2/3 down the list. That will give you all of the info you require.

Good luck and keep snapping.:D


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Jul 07, 2011 11:09 |  #4039

killwilly wrote in post #12718338external link
If I am using my 55-250 extended to 250 for photographing plants or wildlife, I would set the camera to AV with an aperture as wide as possible, f4 up to f6.3, that will make the point of focus clear, but the background will be blurred, because with those setting you will have a shallow depth of field.

On a dull day with aperture settings greater than f6.3, the 55-250 will set the camera to a slow shutter speed. I have found that shutter speeds less than 1/160 sec will probably cause blurred photographs from camera shake, despite the image stabilization. A good tripod always helps in low light
These are my own experiences with this lens and are very basic. If any regular has anything to add, please feel free to do so.

Thank you, Alan, for taking your time to explain. Thats exactly what I was looking for.


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Jul 07, 2011 12:38 |  #4040

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Jul 07, 2011 14:24 |  #4041

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Jul 07, 2011 14:33 |  #4042

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Jul 07, 2011 14:48 |  #4043

guitarfish wrote in post #12718050external link
A day at the Jersey shore

I don't see Snookie.



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Jul 07, 2011 16:04 |  #4044

A few recent shots at the Occoquan National Wildlife Reserve.

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Jul 07, 2011 18:41 as a reply to killwilly's post |  #4045

Supper response and thanks for all the details. These little bits of info really help me learn more about the lens and how to work with it! Thanks Again!


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Jul 07, 2011 18:41 as a reply to killwilly's post |  #4046

Super sorry close to dinner time :-P


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Jul 07, 2011 18:45 as a reply to killwilly's post |  #4047

Took these this past 4th hiking on Skyland Drive - South River Falls

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Jul 07, 2011 19:04 |  #4049

jscowcroft wrote in post #12721586external link
Took these this past 4th hiking on Skyland Drive - South River Falls

Nice ones. I love Skyline Drive.


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Jul 07, 2011 19:22 |  #4050

dfbovey wrote in post #12721666external link
Nice ones. I love Skyline Drive.

Thanks been hiking it as much as possible since I got my T1i last summer. Have some of Harpers Ferry that turned out nice but that was before the nifty 250.


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