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May 08, 2013 14:54 |  #1

I own a small photography business which started as a hobby but has begun to pick up clients recently. I have very little capital, so I chose to buy a Canon T2i a couple of years ago instead of higher priced options, choosing instead to spend some decent money on a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens.
This setup has been working well so far, but as I get more work, I've become increasingly frustrated with the quality of many of the images I've been producing-- they're not as sharp as I'd like. I want to upgrade to another model with sharper focus.

My budget is between $500-700, which puts me in the range of a 1Dmkiii, 5DMki, 50D, or 60D. I need help deciding what to go for with the end goal of sharper focus than the t2i. Any advice?

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May 08, 2013 15:37 |  #2

I don't think buying another camera body will make your pictures sharper. With that combo you should be getting great pictures that are sharp. I think it has more to do with technique rather then camera.

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May 08, 2013 15:42 |  #3

I agree with Patrick. If you cant get sharp images with the gear you have, its not likely that a new camera will help. Its likely a matter of technique. Can you post an example so we can see where the issue might be? There are things other than focus that can contribute to a lack of sharpness.




  
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May 08, 2013 15:43 |  #4

Saint728 wrote in post #15911837 (external link)
I don't think buying another camera body will make your pictures sharper. With that combo you should be getting great pictures that are sharp. I think it has more to do with technique rather then camera.

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Thanks for the advice... do you have any suggestions for how to improve technique to produce sharper photos?




  
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May 08, 2013 15:46 as a reply to  @ Saint728's post |  #5

Like the previous poster said you should be getting sharp photos with the setup you already have. That said if you really want to get a different body on a budget I'd go for one of the 1d series, 1d mkII n or mk III if you can get one. Focus is faster and the amount of focus points really helps, esoecially with fast moving subjects.




  
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May 08, 2013 16:00 |  #6

Don't focus/recompose, turn on your focus indicator dot so you can see where the focus point was in the shot, make sure you're not shooting with too slow of a shutter speed,...

If you are shooting JPEG, you can turn up the sharpening in your picture styles.

The T2i is perfectly capable of taking razor sharp photos with good glass and technique.


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May 08, 2013 16:04 |  #7

Daruuk wrote in post #15911864 (external link)
Thanks for the advice... do you have any suggestions for how to improve technique to produce sharper photos?

quick generalization... Stop shaking so much and stay as stable as possible and use a faster shutter. Also mentioned before, stop focus recomposing especially at shallow DoF


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May 08, 2013 16:08 |  #8

If you're doing portraits and shoot wide open, I suggest getting a prime lens such as the 85mm f/1.8 or swapping your T2i for a 5D and use the 24-70mm on it. Both will improve the quality. But it sounds like you are having an issue getting the plane of focus where you want. Is this the case? Are you using tripod and live view to verify your equipment is o.k.?

In any case, if you are doing portraits, lighting is probably the factor that will affect the final image most.




  
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May 08, 2013 16:11 |  #9

As said before, post a picture. It will be easier for everyone to see what your talking about and we can give you some advice on how to get a sharper picture.

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May 08, 2013 16:20 |  #10

I can't believe nobody mentioned this. If you are using a filter, stop.




  
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May 08, 2013 16:22 as a reply to  @ Saint728's post |  #11

Sharper focus?
550D and L are very effective in terms of focusing on clients if they are not jumping into the sky.
Sharper images advice?
Get your photos here if you want valuable advice instead of wide guessing.


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May 08, 2013 16:39 |  #12

Saint728 wrote in post #15911966 (external link)
As said before, post a picture. It will be easier for everyone to see what your talking about and we can give you some advice on how to get a sharper picture.

Take Care,
Cheers, Patrick


Camera: T2i
Lens: 24-70 mm / f 2.8
ISO: 1600
Focal Length: 34 mm
Exposure Time: 1/60 Sec
F-stop: 3.5

Camera: T2i
Lens : 50mm / f 1.8
ISO: 1600
Focal Length: 50 mm
Exposure Time: 1/1000 Sec
F-stop: 1.8

Ok, here's two examples (straight from the camera, neither has been processed in photoshop)

I shoot families, weddings and babies, so many of my shots will be inside without a tripod. I have been guilty of focus/recompose, but in these examples the center AF point with no recompose was used. The one and a half year old int he top photo was moving, but there was relatively little movement in the bottom photo.

Teach me, senseis :-)

[EDIT] EXIF data to come when I have access to it this evening
[EDIT] EXIF data added




  
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May 08, 2013 16:44 |  #13

EXIF data intact, please.

Some comments from an amateur. The first one looks to be focused on the kid's left shoulder and way too wide an aperture. I don't care for the extreme downward angle in that shot. It does exaggerate the DOF problem, also.

The second one NEEDS more DOF. My guess on that one is f/1.8 or close to it. Stopping down would improve the sharpness and the DOF.




  
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May 08, 2013 17:24 |  #14

Just to be sure, I'd suggest you do some test shots using a tripod and the self-timer, and auto-focusing on something like a newspaper taped to the wall. If those shots turn out sharp, then the camera and lenses are working right, and it must be a technique issue - either not focusing on the right thing, or too wide open, or focus and recompose, or plain old camera shake with the shutter too slow. But as others have said, the T2i should produce pictures just as sharp as any camera. It's what I use, and unless I screw up, it's as sharp as a tack.




  
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May 08, 2013 20:16 |  #15

I would also suggest doing a focus test. There are many threads on these forums that discuss how to do them or you can google it as well. It is possible that your lenses are front/back focusing. If so, you can send them along with the camera to all get calibrated together by Canon, or if you are set on buying a new camera, be sure to get one that has micro focus adjustments.


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