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Old Dec 10, 2012, 8:52 PM   #241
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At the zoo, shots while traveling on the skyride. Full zoom.
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Old Dec 22, 2012, 3:57 PM   #242
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Hi folks, a new guy here. I just purchased an SX40HS to replace an S2IS that I had for several years. I love the camera but I'm having a problem with it. At full telephoto my pictures are not quite clear and sharp when blown up to 100% on the computer. Certainly nothing like the ones I see here. I must have something set wrong but I can't seem to get it right. Can anybody suggest what to look for? It's really driving me crazy!
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2R15- perhaps post one of the pics which are troubling you- with the exif data also...
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Old Dec 22, 2012, 6:20 PM   #244
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Sorry about that; should have done it originally.



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Old Dec 23, 2012, 9:08 AM   #245
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Given that the image is quite a small crop from the original- and you were at full zoom- I don't think it's too bad. Maybe a small amount of shake has compromised the shot a touch.
1/200th a sec shutter speed would normally suffice at full zoom on the SX40hs (though not with a moving subject...)- though occasionally one might slip through the net with a touch of movement blur.
Maybe select 1/320-1/400th sec shutter speed in shutter priority with auto iso in a similar situation.
Here's a pic I took at full zoom with 1/250th sec and at iso 1000 (selected by auto iso)- and a cropped pic of the same shot.
I dropped the shutter speed as much as I dared,simply due to the deteriorating light.
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That is the kind of picture I used to get with my S2IS! Sharp and clear. Here's another one I took with the SX40HS yesterday. I had the camera on a tripod and used a 10 second self timer. I'll try your suggestions on shutter speed and ISO speeds. How important is it to focus with the half press of the shutter release before snapping the picture?





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I always use the "half-press" method when shooting,letting the camera "lock on" first.
One thing I would say- you've got quite an extreme exposure difference between the bird and the sky and a bit of + exposure comp would have helped here to maybe bring a bit more of detail out. Again though,you've cropped quite a bit here on an already distant subject- whereas on my example,the original shot of the bird is most of the picture.
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Thanks for the help. I guess I've got a learning curve with this camera. I'll practice some more with the settings. And maybe that hawk will sit on a closer pole!
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