I am not a regular poster here, I mainly just lurk and gape in aw of the beautiful images posted. I just had my appendix removed (was almost through my 12 hour shift at work before finally caving and walking down to the ER) and--with all my new spare time--I got to thinking.
I simply take pictures because I really enjoy it and I love seeing what I do hanging on my wall or on a wall of family/friends.
My pictures lately just don't seem to be up to par with where I imagine them to be; more often than not they are just not clear enough. I have no doubt this problem is in the gear and not my skills (or lack thereof). I can zoom with the LCD and manually focus all day but it's just not clear, there is always distortion at 100%. LR does a good job of cleaning some of it up but then it looks over processed.
Now is this a problem with the lenses I use or the body itself?
I use an XSi with either the kit lens or 55-250.
Here is an example. Taken with the 55-250 SOOC at 100%
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My lovely wife is going to let me get something and I have chosen on a 24-105L. Am I correct in thinking that a better quality lens will produce results more like what I want? Or is it a limitation of my camera?