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Old Oct 2, 2010, 1:32 PM   #1
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Some of you might of seen my other thread where I bought a Canon 55-250 IS lens for my new XS camera. I used it yesterday all afternoon always at full zoom freehand but thought I was pretty steady but most of my pictures are blurry ? Is it something I am doing wrong like not steady enough or a setting on the lens or camera I am missing ?

Here is a picture example look how blurry the deer and rest of the pic is



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Old Oct 2, 2010, 1:45 PM   #2
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Have you checked the AF/MF switch on the lens to make sure it's in the AF (Autofocus) position?
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Yes it is in the AF mode
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Did you have centre point selected rather than all points which allows the camera to 'guess' where you want it to focus?

You are also trying to shoot something far too far away for quality.
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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 ?
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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 ?
250mm isn't a long lens. It's good for about 30-35 yards of coverage.

But, the problem is your camera focused on the grass not your subject. The camera can't read your mind - it doesn't always know which object in the frame you want to focus on. That's why it's often beneficial to select the focus point yourself.
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So pick MF mode and adjust myself ?
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no - you leave it in autofocus - your manual will tell you how to select a single focus point vs. using all points.
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Is it something I am doing wrong like not steady enough or a setting on the lens or camera I am missing ?
How far away is the subject? I think you might be pushing the limits
of a 250mm lens.

Try to get a little closer if you can. Make sure the camera is focused
on the subject. Even with IS, you will need a steady hand for distant
subjects at 250mm. I'm not familiar with the 55-250mm Canon, but I
know that similar zoom lenses can be a bit soft at the extreme end
of their zoom range. Try backing off to about 200mm. I notice that
these shots were taken with the aperture wide open. You will probably
get sharper pictures with the aperture stopped down a bit. Try f/8 to f/11.
This will require a longer shutter time, so you will need an even steadier
hand. If possible, mount the camera on a tripod or use a firm support
like a gatepost to keep it steady.

It can be frustrating trying to take wildlife shots with a relatively
cheap consumer grade lens. Keep working on it. It is possible
to get good results under the right conditions.
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Old Oct 2, 2010, 3:12 PM   #10
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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%
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