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Old Jul 21, 2008, 10:48 AM   #11
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VTPhotog - That is the next item i want to purchase for the camera is the polarizer lens. The ones I've seen around here are $60-70 for a circular one.

I appreciate everyone's feedback This thursday i'll be heading out again to see if I can improve on the shots a bit more. Wish I had hipwaders, I might be able to get a bit closer
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Old Jul 21, 2008, 12:14 PM   #12
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I really think that what you're seeing is just the inherent softness in that lens at that focal length.
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I really think that what you're seeing is just the inherent softness in that lens at that focal length.
Tcav is likely right, but do some tests to find out. Hang a newspaper up on the far side of the biggest room you have and shoot it with your lens at the long end. Off a tripod and using the self timer to trip the shutter. Then move closer and shoot again with a middle focal length such that it covers the same area of the newspaper. Again, off your tripod and using the self timer. Ideally, repeat with a different lens.

Comparing those should show up the problem you are likely having at the long end of the zoom. It is better to test with a fixed target than with "real life' subjects. That way you don't have the extra added attraction of changing conditions, motion blur, mist moving in, dogs bumping your tripod, ...
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BillDrew I'll have to try that out later and get back to you on that. Thanks!
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