1/60 is a tad bit too slow for this length.
and for this photo here: http://farm1.static.flickr.com/166/3...d3489708_o.jpg it was taken with shutter speed 1/320 and the eyes are still not sharp leh...
if really really no choice then use flash lor if they permit but of course its HIGHLY RECOMMENDED not to use flash with animals.
70-200 f4L IS
70-200 f2.8L IS
if not sharp you really have to think.. WHY!
Brush up on handhold skills lor.
There are a few "poor man's IS" method you can try.
Fire at max FPS and do a 3 round burst. The middle shot is usually slightly sharper.
I'm not sure if you have a short timer function. My timer is set to 2s, so after pressing the shutter, I can hold the camera tigher and have less shake since my finger wasn't pressing the shutter when I took the shot.
If not non of this work, I'm afraid you'll have to invest in more expensive lenses.
one thing to note is w digital its easy to zoom in at 100% adn then complain not sharp. but that is like looking at a print out of a A1 or A0 print at like 5-10 cm??? if you don zoom in 100% just print 4r or 5r...you wont even notice the slight loss in sharpness for most pictures.. sometimes even slightly OOF photos sill look pretty ok at 4r.
take a few pictures of your family members or friends, print the photos and show it to them...i bet 100% they are more interested in whether you can make them look good or thin or not and won even notice your slightly unsharp pictures...
general public won bother most of the time. its us the photographers that will print a 8R photo and look at it at 5cm and complain not very sharp!
Anywayz, I always use MF; still find my pics soft leh.
But after reading all the posts, my conclusion is canon does produce softer images as compared to nikon.
So, just need to work harder a bit using post-processing tools.
Thanks all for your valuable comments.
Last edited by fotojoy; 27th December 2006 at 11:44 PM.
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I'd rather have a photo which composition satisfies the viewer more than the sharpness.
It is not a must to have photos sharp at 100% crop all the time.If you want that, either you shoot in a controlled environment with a tripod and the best lenses, or you become a very sad photographer.
i find that AF usually gives me sharper pics than MF on my 400d. your 400d and 100/2.8 is definitely capable of producing v sharp pics. play ard much more with it, experiment with different apertures, shutter speeds, iso settings and lighting conditions.
and most importantly, keep shooting!
you can buy better gear but you can't buy a better eye