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Old Oct 2, 2010, 3:12 PM   #11
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I deer hunt ALLOT so all of these are while sitting on stand, and the deer are usually between 50 and 250 yards away. I am new to the DSLR field so I am trying my best, I will look for the setting you mention above and try changing it
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the problem isn't the aperture. THe problem is he's about 60 yards too far away and focused on the grass and not the deer.

You want the deer filling close to half the frame in-camera to be successful. This is filling about 5%
Ideally he would be a lot closer, but maybe the deer wouldn't cooperate.
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Ideally he would be a lot closer, but maybe the deer wouldn't cooperate.
You are correct
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Ideally he would be a lot closer, but maybe the deer wouldn't cooperate.
sometimes wanting to take a photo and being able to aren't the same thing. Sometimes you just have to realize you simply can't take a decent photo no matter how much you want to. In those situations you can fiddle with the camere as much as you want but you'll still get a bad photo. That's life.
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sometimes wanting to take a photo and being able to aren't the same thing. Sometimes you just have to realize you simply can't take a decent photo no matter how much you want to. In those situations you can fiddle with the camere as much as you want but you'll still get a bad photo. That's life.
It's true and the reason top wildlife photogs spend 10 or 20,000 on glass, even hobby shooters will be in the 4 figure range. You can still get better results with correct focus and also stopping down but getting closer to be in the range of your lens is the biggest thing.
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Old Oct 3, 2010, 2:52 PM   #16
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Well I took the camera back out with me again last night and made sure I held it real steady when at full zoom and the pictures were clearer not 100% but much better then the ones above. I will keep playing with it
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Well I took the camera back out with me again last night and made sure I held it real steady when at full zoom and the pictures were clearer not 100% but much better then the ones above. I will keep playing with it
You will get better with practice. A steady hand always helps.
Getting closer would help a lot. Pay particular attention to your
focus points. The real answer is a very long and fast lens, but
it you don't have a few thousand dollars to spare, you will have
to make the best of what you have.
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in cases like this , the S3 is probably better becuse its a superzoom, and sometimes there is no time to play with settings, the deer could be gone my then, alwaus carry your superzoom for quick shots
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I have tons of these pics. Over eager to get the animal captured. Not having the right equipment and / or patience... You only realise how important it is to get close once you take that first successful wildlife pic! I'm still waiting...
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Mark I think all points are on as I never touched it and I see 5 squares or more with dots in them when shooting in the screen , what do you mean to far away ? Thats why I bought this lens, heck my old S3 I just upgraded from maxed out had nice clear pics all the time why would these be blurry ?
You have to look in your manual and have single point focus, meaning just the center dot, which will focus on the deer, other wise the camera get confused, and it pics something, looks like it focus on the grass....Put camera in AV mode, center point(single point), and play with ISO to get shutter around 1/250...1/400,,,,,,,,set to multi shot, and ai servo....and bang away
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