40d Problem/Question

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  1. itsanaddiction

    itsanaddiction TPF Noob!

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    Hey y'all! So I have a Canon 40D with an 17-85 mm IS Lens (Sorry if it's a little off, it's not in front of me). I took pictures today and it seems as if every other picture is out of focus. It's the strangest thing. Would you happen to have any thoughts/suggesions!? Thanks
     
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    Do you have any examples of the photos?
     
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    Make sure you have the focus on the lens set to AF (auto-focus), it could be on MF (manual focus) that's why your pictures are coming out blurry?
     
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    We would need to see the photos and it would also help to have the shooting (EXIF) info for the shots.

    95% of the time, it's user error (or user ignorance).

    What was the light like at the time you were shooting? When there is not much light, you need a slower shutter speed to get an exposure...and a slower shutter speed will cause blur if either the camera or the subject are moving.
     
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    I hope I linked it right. It was 12PM. The camera was on AF. And I'm not sure how to give the data. The ISO was 400 though.
     
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    It may not be the photographer, but the camera ....

    When hubby bought his 40D he had to return it because it wouldn't focus either.
     
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    Wow! I would cry if that was the case!
     
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    It's a bit hard to tell at that size how sharp the picture is, but it looks to me that the woman (mom?) on the right's hair is in focus. What aperture were you using?
     
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    I agree with Sim. It looks like the focus fell on the woman's hair.
     
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    Filename: 121.JPG
    Camera: Canon
    Model: Canon EOS 40D
    ISO: 400
    Exposure: 1/80 sec
    Aperture: f/5.6
    Focal Length: 53mm
    Flash Used: Yes
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    Looks to me like a simple case of a too shallow DOF. Your aperture of f/5.6 is too narrow to allow both the woman and the baby to be in focus with them at different distances from the camera.
     

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