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ArcticBlueHuskies
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Okay, I have a Canon Rebel XTi. I'm a poor college student and currently only have an 18-55mm lens. A ton of my pictures usually come out blurry :( It bums me out.

When they don't come out blurry, they look like this

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but i'm still not happy.

What's a reasonably priced lens that will get the job done?

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wcpeabody
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What mode and\or settings are you shooting?

You might be better off reading the posting in the sports section about capturing action shots?

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ChrisJC
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EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM

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The Canon 55-250 does a great job with dog photography. It's not the fastest focusing lens in the world, but it's capable of producing very nice action shots, and for the price it's hard to beat. If a lot of your images are blurry, you might want to check your technique or change the camera settings. To stop the type of action shown in your sample image, you need a shutter speed of at least 1/500th, and probably a bit more. You can get this by opening up the lens, adjusting the ISO, etc.

These images were taken using the 55-250.

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Post #4, Mar 15, 2012 08:10:03


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A lot of my dog photography is done with my 85 f1.8 (including photographing husky rallies).

Post #5, May 07, 2012 08:53:51


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rick_reno
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bump the shutter speed up

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For a "poor college student" your 18-55 is good, as are the recommended 55-250 and 85 f/1.8. Do note that these zoom lenses are generally at their sharpest nearer the middle of their zoom range and at f/8 or f/11. The 85 is a great lens, fast and accurate to focus and very sharp even wide open. The XTi is a good camera, but above ISO 400 it's files tend to get pixelated. Try Tv mode, ISO 400, spot metering, shutter 1/800sec or higher if there's enough light. Don't get discouraged if only the dog at the center of the picture is fully focused, since high shutter speed requires wide aperture and thus shallow depth of field.

I agree with wcpeabody, test the limits of your current equipment before spending money on another lens.

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For the longest time (years) the only lens I had was a 50mm 1.4. I got some very nice pics of my dogs with it. You might like the 85 though, it would bring you a little closer, but to date the 50 is one of my favorite lenses. Very fast and I love the sharpness and colors.

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