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Jan 12, 2013 20:24 |  #1

I'm stuck at home right now because of health issues, so I I'm confined to what I can find in my own backyard. I can't wait to get back out to photographing bigger and better things.

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Jan 12, 2013 21:08 |  #2

Very clear shot, great color




  
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Jan 13, 2013 16:59 |  #3
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What kind of lens were you using on this shot? My shots don't come out as clear even though I shoot from a tripod and use a remote switch to avoid any camera shake. I have tried manual focus and auto focus and while some come out pretty clear none of them look as good as your photo. I'm not that far away from my squirrel subjects but I wonder if that might be the difference. I'm about 10-12 feet away on a lot of my shots. If that doesn't explain it then it must be the lens I would think. Or maybe there's more of a difference between cameras than I've been led to believe. Any help would be appreciated.




  
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Jan 13, 2013 22:02 |  #4

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What kind of lens were you using on this shot? My shots don't come out as clear even though I shoot from a tripod and use a remote switch to avoid any camera shake. I have tried manual focus and auto focus and while some come out pretty clear none of them look as good as your photo. I'm not that far away from my squirrel subjects but I wonder if that might be the difference. I'm about 10-12 feet away on a lot of my shots. If that doesn't explain it then it must be the lens I would think. Or maybe there's more of a difference between cameras than I've been led to believe. Any help would be appreciated.

I am using a Tamron AF 70-300 f/4.0-5.6 SP Di VC USD. I just got it for Christmas and love it thus far! I always shoot handheld (use a Canon EOS Rebel T3). I want to upgrade to a 60D, but that won't happen for several months. I shot this squirrel at 300mm, ISO 200, f6.3, 1/2000 shutter speed, with my WB set to cloudy, although it was very sunny outside (I find that on my camera, in most outdoor situations, WB set to cloudy gives me best color balance). I was standing about 20 feet from the tree that he was in and he was about half way up the tree. I hope this info helps you and I appreciate your stopping by to admire my photo! :D


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Jan 13, 2013 22:02 |  #5

rick_reno wrote in post #15480831 (external link)
Very clear shot, great color

Thank you so much for your comment! :D


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Jan 14, 2013 05:52 |  #6
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Wow that's the same camera I'm using so it pretty much has to be the lens. I'm using a Canon EF 75-300mm, which I got for a ridiculously low price in a package deal with my T3. I also think the low light levels here in not so sunny southern Ohio in the winter has something to do with the quality of my shots. I have noticed getting considerably better shots on sunny days (what few we have this time of year).

I guess I'm wondering how that Tamron lens compares to the Canon lens I'm using for telephoto shots. Anyone with an opinion on that subject would be welcomed by me. At some point I'd like to get a better lens than I have which means getting into quite a bit more money with a Canon lens. I don't expect one for free although I practically got the one I have for free. I have about $25 (or less) in it if you can believe that. Yeah I got a good deal on that lens. I'm hoping I can get a lot of use out of it but if it's going to produce an inferior product I'll just have to sell it and move up to a better lens.




  
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Jan 14, 2013 06:42 |  #7

I used the Canon EF 75-300 for a year; I too got it as a package deal with my T3. I used it with everything I shot to learn the lens and grow my photography. I just upgraded to the Tamron which is a much crisper lens and much better AF and image stabilization. With the Canon lens, sunny days are best; especially early morning (before 10:30 am). If you look at my Flickr and go to my 2012 photography set (on the right of my Flickr page), you will see all my photos that took with the Canon EF 75-300. I'm still learning the Tamron lens, but I am much happier with it. After the 100.00 rebate, I only paid 349.00 for it and got free shipping. :D There is a thread on here about this lens where you can study the photos taken with it and read reviews. There are also many reviews on the internet about it.


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Jan 14, 2013 09:50 |  #8
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Yeah I definitely see the difference in the lenses. I knew there was a reason paid more money for certain lenses. ;) It will likely be a while before I get one I guess. Too much other stuff going on right now. I might sell some other stuff and get one. It's a shame to be limited by a lens really. They last a lot longer than cameras anyway.




  
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Jan 17, 2013 13:50 |  #9

I've never used it myself, however the Canon 75 - 300mm has been identified as the "worst" lens Canon makes by several POTN members. See HERE.

I recently purchased a Canon 70 - 300 IS USM used from B&H for $330. The focus and resolution are very impressive, especially for a lens in that price range.


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Jan 17, 2013 14:36 |  #10
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Did you see that I got the lens for $25. I'm not complaining about the quality. It was worth $25 just to get my squirrel at night photo that I posted here. I wouldn't have had anything that could be proven was a squirrel without it. I'll get a better lens soon enough. I just wanted to make sure that the lens was the difference when I asked about what equipment was used. Since we used the exact same camera it's pretty obvious that the lens was the issue (I couldn't have had any camera shake since I shot from a tripod using a remote switch). Obviously this lens is not top drawer. I'll buy a better lens and sell this one to someone. I'm guessing a new lens will be my b'day present which isn't too far away. No sense half stepping.

If you can find me a lens (any lens really) for $25 I'll certainly jump on it. ;) But even knowing that this is their lowest quality zoom lens (and I knew that all along) it was worth $25 just to find out how well it did work. I'm guessing I won't have any trouble getting my money back. The reason it came so cheap was that it was part of a package deal. I would buy them all day long at that price if I could and make a little money selling them to people who don't care that they aren't the sharpest lens in the box. :)




  
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Jan 17, 2013 18:09 as a reply to  @ Jeff_56's post |  #11

Very nice shots!




  
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Jan 17, 2013 19:04 |  #12

lovewind wrote in post #15502103 (external link)
Very nice shots!

Thank you! :D

Jeff_56-- enjoy shooting with what you have; that's what's important. Save your money and upgrade when you can when there is a great deal. Happy shooting! :D


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Jan 17, 2013 20:31 |  #13
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That's very good advice sgribbin. And that's exactly what I do. The stuff I have beats the point and shoot I had before. Well I do have some decent video equipment but it gets old dragging all that stuff around with me to shoot. I've carried it on the ATV many times though. I like doing that nature stuff. But that's for another board. I like doing stills too. It's a whole other thing and very relaxing for me. I know how to collect equipment. Before I know what happened I'll have bags full of stuff sitting around the house until I have so much I forget what all I have. That's how it usually goes for me and a hobby. And that's all this is for me at this point.

At least now I know which thing to upgrade first. That was my reason for asking my question in the first place. My photos aren't all that bad in good light anyway. They're not as good as your squirrel here but they're ok for just getting started with a DSLR. They're good enough for me anyway and I'm the only one that counts. :)

But who knows. Maybe just changing my WB settings will improve my shots a good bit. I will find out soon if I get some time to even do some shots.




  
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