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Canon 70D Kit Lens?

 
kcrossley
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Jul 03, 2017 10:55 |  #1

Although I'm really happy with my Canon 70D, I find that the 18-55 IS Lens is not great. It seems like a lot of the images I shoot are soft focused. I'm not sure if it's me or the lens. I just watched a video that addresses this issue: https://www.youtube.co​m/watch?v=-bx9povjPtI (external link)

My 18-55 IS has 1.5 firmware. Is that the latest?

If this is an issue with this lens, which general purpose lens do you recommend I replace it with?

Thanks in advance for any help and/or advice. :)


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Jul 03, 2017 11:23 |  #2

Are you referring to the 18-55 STM? If so, you have quite respectable glass. My 18-55 STM performs quite well. The 70D is quite capable of very good imagery. Have you used the auto-focus adjustment feature on your camera? Perhaps the problem is your shooting style. Perhaps it is your expectations. If you post an example of a 'bad' shot, along with your camera settings, the community will offer you tons of good advice (and more than a little off-base advice) to help.


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Jul 03, 2017 14:18 as a reply to Bassat's post |  #3

Thanks Tom. It's likely me.

If you have a moment, can you post a link to whatever video or instructions you prefer that shows me how to properly setup my Canon 70D for the best results? I know there are a lot of them out there, but I'm a little overwhelmed and quite frankly I don't know which ones are good and which ones aren't. :)

Thanks!


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Jul 03, 2017 14:32 |  #4

kcrossley wrote in post #18393364 (external link)
Thanks Tom. It's likely me.

If you have a moment, can you post a link to whatever video or instructions you prefer that shows me how to properly setup my Canon 70D for the best results? I know there are a lot of them out there, but I'm a little overwhelmed and quite frankly I don't know which ones are good and which ones aren't. :)

Thanks!

Whoa! Can't help with that. I've been doing this for 50 years. Way before links or online video, or online anything for that matter. The best way to learn is SHOOT a frame. See what you like and what you don't like about the results. Analyze the EXIF for what could have been changed to improve the bad performance. Really, there are no shortcuts to practice and experience. Every shot is different. Good luck! And keep shooting!


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patrick ­ j
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Jul 04, 2017 14:29 |  #5

What do you mean by set up? Someone here can probably offer a few tips.

Maybe try manual focus on something, then do auto focus on the same subject, see if they are both sharp. I have a 70d, haven't had a problem with focus.


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Jul 05, 2017 08:53 |  #6

Try shooting in Live View and see if you get better autofocus, if so you probably just need to do some microfocus adjustments (MFA) for that lens.

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Jul 05, 2017 12:42 |  #7

kcrossley wrote in post #18393199 (external link)
Although I'm really happy with my Canon 70D, I find that the 18-55 IS Lens is not great. It seems like a lot of the images I shoot are soft focused. I'm not sure if it's me or the lens. I just watched a video that addresses this issue: https://www.youtube.co​m/watch?v=-bx9povjPtI (external link)

My 18-55 IS has 1.5 firmware. Is that the latest?

If this is an issue with this lens, which general purpose lens do you recommend I replace it with?

Thanks in advance for any help and/or advice. :)

From your second post you sound inexperienced. What mode are you shooting in? Are you selecting the focus points? Are you shooting in full auto by any chance? Can you post a photo so we can see the problem. My guess is you're not using the camera correctly to get the most from it. But, before being able to give you useful advice we need to get a sense of your skill level and how you are using your camera. For instance, if you are shooting in full auto, the camera may decide to focus on a subject other than the one you want.


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