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Old Jul 31, 2009, 1:34 PM   #1
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Not pleased with todays efforts - the majority of my shots were out of focus 70-200mm F4 lens on my 40D, half the time I tried using manual focus at F11 to get the Damselfly and Butterfly in focus. Shutter speed was 100 in good sunshine and still I got blur... I used center spot weighting on program mode and that was no different despite the higher
shutter speed. Anyhow - here are the two 'best' shots for today...



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Old Jul 31, 2009, 10:13 PM   #2
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The EXIF data for these two say they were at a 200mm focal length and 1/200 sec. Did you use a tripod? If you're hand holding, was the lens an IS lens (and was the IS on)? As a rule of thumb (without IS help or without a good tripod) you were shooting a little slow. Your ISO was only 100. Try increasing it and you'll be able to use a faster shutter speed. Hope this helps.
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You also need to close the aperture down...
At close distance theses lenses act like macro and you'll need a lot of DOF
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Thanks - I did try using F11 but I really needed a tripod for that (ok, I was lazy I had the tripod in my bag on my shoulder!).

And no, it wasn't the IS lens (couldn't justify spending that much extra at the time! ISO is one thing I haven't really played around with - I usually use the program mode or AP, might have to experiment some more!
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I would suggest bumping your iso up to 400 for a faster shutter speed. Also set your camera to use the center focus point only (this is a different feature, not to be confused with center weighted metering) and put that red dot on the subject. Then your camera will not need to guess as to where to focus. Also you can shoot with apeture priority at f8. Your shots are not really super macro so I don't think you need f11. F8 should be plenty of dof and would give you a faster shutter speed. Practice on some stationary targets, (ie flowers) first and then let us know how that goes.

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Thanks - I did try using F11 but I really needed a tripod for that (ok, I was lazy I had the tripod in my bag on my shoulder!).

And no, it wasn't the IS lens (couldn't justify spending that much extra at the time! ISO is one thing I haven't really played around with - I usually use the program mode or AP, might have to experiment some more!
You need the DOF:
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/wi...rs-nature.html
-> 1/800, f/11 (ISO-800) and the DOF doesn't even go pass 1/2 the wingspan

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