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Thread started 06 Apr 2011 (Wednesday) 19:45
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do these images/crops look too soft? paranoid about my 7D taking soft pictures

 
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Apr 06, 2011 19:45 |  #1

this is me (a new, used 7D owner) probably being paranoid, but are my images looking too soft? i know there's tons of threads/posts on this subject, but i'd love to here your guys opinions as i'm a total amateur.

i think the normal pics look good, but when zooming in LR, i'm thinking they may be too soft? shots are RAW and only PP done is a little noise removal. this is my first time doing crops, tried to do it in LR but not sure if it was done perfect. thanks for the input !

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Apr 06, 2011 19:51 |  #2
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The first one looks a little soft, what shutter speed, lens and aperture were you using?

The second one looks fine to me!


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Apr 06, 2011 19:52 |  #3

Yup, soft and not a little, imo. It's probably not the camera. Could be miss focusing although the second image suggests it is not. Also, is the first crop 100% ?

What was the shutter speed and focal length for those shots ?


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Apr 06, 2011 19:54 |  #4

shutterspeed was around 50 or 60 i think? it was on my nifty, aperture 1.8. should i always go > than my focal length (i.e. never go below 1/60 if i'm shooting with my 50mm)?

i should add, that's generally the rule i go by but i think it was in AV mode


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Apr 06, 2011 19:56 |  #5

Shutter speed is way too slow, imo. Try the same shots at 1/125 or faster. That should take care of your shake and subject movement, for a posed image.


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Apr 06, 2011 19:58 |  #6
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I agree, with the 50mm 1.8 on a cropped body like the 7d you need a higher shutter speed!


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Apr 06, 2011 20:11 as a reply to  @ shallowlife's post |  #7

+2 on the shutter speed

and try stopping it down a little, that lens isn't the sharpest wide open.


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Apr 06, 2011 20:11 |  #8

doh. forgot to account for the crop with my shutterspeed. but how about these? zero PP, straight out of PS. these were 1.8, 1/125. still soft? or just me?

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Apr 06, 2011 20:14 |  #9

Stop the aperture down some.




  
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Apr 06, 2011 20:15 |  #10

I think this one is worse.

Put the camera a tripod. You are probably swaying a bit between focusing and taking the shot. How close were you ?


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Apr 06, 2011 20:27 |  #11

just took a few at around 3 feet away. aperture 2.8 was ok, but i tried 2.2, on a tripod, 2 second timer, and i'm still getting similar blurry results zoomed in. do i need to send my camera in for calibration? kinda bummed..


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Apr 06, 2011 20:31 as a reply to  @ bohdank's post |  #12

Looks like the focus is off, and like everyone has said, a faster shutter speed is in order. A narrow arpeture might help too.:D


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Apr 06, 2011 20:31 |  #13

i'm gonna try a few on my t2i, hopefully i get similar results.


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Apr 06, 2011 20:32 |  #14

Do some research on bumping sharpness a bit in Canon DPP.

The 7D has as strong Anti-Aliasing filter and a little bump in sharpening does wonders.

It's like you are removing the negative side effects of that AA filter.




  
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Apr 06, 2011 20:32 |  #15

The 7D shot in RAW needs sharpening in LR3 it's a must.



  
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