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Mar 19, 2017 11:31 |  #1

I was maybe 10 to 15 feet away from this lizard sitting on the same ledge it was one. The lizard was stationary and I was in a very comfortable and relaxed position while aiming the camera. Why am I not getting a much more crisp and sharp image? Used my 7D Mark II and my 70-300mm L lens at 1/200; f/5.6 and ISO 100 on a beautiful sunny day. Something is not right.


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Mar 19, 2017 12:13 |  #2

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I was maybe 10 to 15 feet away from this lizard sitting on the same ledge it was one. The lizard was stationary and I was in a very comfortable and relaxed position while aiming the camera. Why am I not getting a much more crisp and sharp image? Used my 7D Mark II and my 70-300mm L lens at 1/200; f/5.6 and ISO 100 on a beautiful sunny day. Something is not right.
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The shutter speed seems a little bit on the slow side for the focal length that you were using, unless of course you had IS enabled - you didn’t mention that. Also you haven’t stated where you actually focused on the lizard, or indeed whether you were using single point focusing or zone focusing. Something else to consider is what the focus-limiter switch was set to.


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Mar 19, 2017 12:57 |  #3

It looks like the focus is on the shoulder instead of the eyes. And maybe f/8 would have been a better choice which would have helped to include the nose.
I suggest that you put a ruler at the same angle & distance as the lizard & try some different settings so that you have a better idea of what those settings will give you.


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Mar 19, 2017 13:29 |  #4

Shutter speed is not high enough for a hand held shot at that focal length, unless you have a solid hold. This seems to be because your iso is only at 100. Next time you should get out of iso 100 so you can crank up the shutter speed and aperture in order to get a clean shot. JMO.


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Mar 19, 2017 13:30 |  #5

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Crop sensor, 277mm, 5.6, 9 feet

Dof = .06 feet

.06 feet = .72 inches

If that seems in the neighborhood of camera-subject distance, everything is just fine with the camera.

Crank up the ISO and stop down.

SS should be fine considering IS.


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Mar 19, 2017 13:50 |  #6

Left Handed Brisket wrote in post #18305159 (external link)
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Crop sensor, 5.6, 9 feet

Dof = .06 feet

.06 feet = .72 inches

If that seems in the neighborhood of camera-subject distance, everything is just fine with the camera.

Crank up the ISO and stop down.

SS should be fine considering IS.

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You lens has a 4 stop IS system so unless you had it turned off, shutter speed should not have been an issue (1/200s + 4 stops = 1/3200s). Either minimum focal distance or DOF probably was the issue.


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Mar 19, 2017 14:40 |  #7

Is this the original image, or did you crop in to make the lizard bigger? Based on the frame aspect, it looks like it may have been cropped in tighter than it was shot. Can you post the original image you shot?


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Mar 19, 2017 16:08 |  #8

I would agree with those indicating it seems too be a DOF issue especially if you were at the higher end of that 70-300.


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Mar 19, 2017 21:04 |  #9

And focused behind the eye a bit.


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Mar 20, 2017 03:52 |  #10

Agree with everything said so far.
Was it a hot day? You may have some heat haze effect coming off the rocks. Just something else to consider, but shutter speed and DOF are the more likely reasons.


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Mar 20, 2017 07:54 |  #11

Even though the IS is good for "4" stops, only rely on 2 and raise your shutter speed.

As others mentions your DOF is so shallow when you're that close...



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Mar 22, 2017 23:24 |  #12

If you locked focus on the lizards head the re-composed - then I would say your combo is back focusing a bit.


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Mar 23, 2017 02:19 |  #13

Something not right..............Jus​t look at the background noise, there is so much grain that should not be there at ISO 100, it is the sort of noise you would expect to see at ISO 1600/3200. Also appears to be a bad case of camera shake, nothing appears to be in focus.


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Mar 23, 2017 09:17 |  #14

PCousins wrote in post #18308472 (external link)
Something not right..............Jus​t look at the background noise, there is so much grain that should not be there at ISO 100, it is the sort of noise you would expect to see at ISO 1600/3200. Also appears to be a bad case of camera shake, nothing appears to be in focus.

It is way over sharpened. Maybe the OP hit the sharpening so hard to try to get it to look sharp.

IS may claim 4 stops but that's with a steady hand. We have no way of knowing who well braced the shooter was when taking this shot. Given the angle of view its may have been somewhat precarious.


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Mar 23, 2017 10:06 |  #15

Looking at the pictures you can tell it's not motion blur. It looks like it was shot in small jpg, then cropped, then over sharpened, but not motion blur or even missed focus.

OP post the original image.


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