a shot i have been waiting for ... down the tubes.

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  1. Stormchase

    Stormchase No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Im getting a little pffd about this issue. I have a blur issue.
    I went out and waited a while to get a good spot on the shuttle launch yesterday. I got my 300mm lens. tripod, and some food and got to my spot! Pre-focused, made sure my tripod was on solid ground, and used mirror lock up. Lens was cleaned and polorizer on and clean. Made sure as well about my diopter. I set on manual focus then auto and there is the red dots so back to manual.. focus is on! couple test shots of the area i wanted. They looked great on the veiwfinder so i waited and waited... and then 3..2..1.. clicke click click, blur blur blur. the first one is at 300mm and the next is 75mm. It was about 1.5 to 2 miles away as well , if it changes anything. I felt that I covered my bases. I shot the whole launch with about 35 shots (in JPEG and RAW) and they are all this way. I got 2 of the best. now i just need your opinion wether this might be my cheap $150 75-300mm lens or could it still be ME? Im really wanting to get this out of the way and get some clear shots on this lens. My 90mm is crystal clear on a tripod. I know they are not straight but this is right off the camera.
    What do you all think?


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  2. creisinger

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    I feel for you - really.

    But: A 75-300mm for $150 ??? Sorry man, throw it away. If you're shooting at 300mm with such a cheap lens you can't get better than this 2 miles away.

    I'm sure you know this that the pros use good glass starting at $8000+ to get these kind of shots done well.

    This is a perfect example of what a cheap lens can do to a once in a lifetime opportunity. Sadly, you will not be seeing this shuttle taking off anymore, unless NASA runs into an issue with the other two.

    Save up all your money and get good glass. It's worth more than the body of your camera.
     
  3. Stormchase

    Stormchase No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I hate to hear what i thought was the reality. There were lots of SLRs there and most had canon "L" lenses. 500mm or more. I got the lens as a package when i got the camera. I feel like a wasted money on it but I guess im still hopeing...
     
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    What brand of camera/lens did you use? The second picture is still pretty cool.
     
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    What were your settings? Aperture, ISO, Shutter Speed, just curious if a smaller aperture would have helped, depending on what you were at already.

    A quick check indicates manual focus is recommended, possibly the pre-focus spot was off a little from the actual shuttle?

    Sorry, I can imagine the let down.
     
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    I understand what you're going through.

    Never ever buy a D-SLR kit! It's a simple as that. You just make your life complicated.

    Take the time now and save, even if it takes years and then buy a really good lens. First off, by then you'll have a lot more experience and also appreciate the quality of the glass. I stopped shooting stuff that's far away with a telephoto lens because my 18-200mm VR sucks as well at 200mm.

    I won't buy another lens for a few years now and save for my next prime. Maybe in 20 or 30 years I can get really good zoom lenses. Like, really good :)
     
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    Sure its a cheap lens, but I think pretty much all super zooms are usually a little soft at their longest focal length. Probably more so with this cheap lens. I have a Tamron 70-300 $175 dollar lens which had this effect, I also just bought a $550 Canon 70-300 IS lens and still notice it although not as badly. Go to Popphoto.com and look up zoom reviews and I bet you will see what I mean. Every single one mentions image quality degrading at the longest end.
     
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    A $150 lens from how may miles away... ?? I'd be pretty happy with #2.
     
  9. Stormchase

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    F 5.6 (open all the way) 1/1000 at iso 200

    I have a canon xs using a 75-300mm EF tele. Also i had a Sunpac polorizer. It couldnt have helped either but i dont think it would have sofened it this much.

    I agree that its not a good lens. I didnt know as much as i do now about DSLR's. I learned my lesson and am only getting good glass now. I see the difference!
     
  10. reznap

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    Well, I think that's why it's so soft. That and maybe some improper focus. I've been pretty disappointed with my $500+ 70-300 IS when using it wide open. When you stop the lens down to f/9, and you don't really have to go THAT far, the image quality improves a ton. Stick your gear on a tripod and try it out.
     
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    Bitter Jeweler Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Sorry for your dissappointment.
    This is something I learned early on too, with cheap glass.
    But, be happy you got to experience the event, at least.
    I wish I could see stuff like that.


    I just got the 100-400mm 4.5-5.6 IS L
    It'll make you want to runover your zoom with a truck. (take pictures if you do)

    ISO100
    f/5.6
    1/250
    @400mm
    100% crop SOOC
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    Granted, this wasn't 2 miles away. I can't wait to see what the lens does over distance.
     
  12. reznap

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    Damn. I see why people shell out for the white Canon lenses..

    EDIT: It's important to note that Bitter's shot is from a full frame sensor. But a good sensor doesn't make bad lenses better, so it still makes a valid point.
     

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