Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM --- Soft?

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  1. biostockman

    biostockman TPF Noob!

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    I bought this lens brand new a month ago to be used on my XSI after reading rave reviews... However, I've had a lot of soft images with it and the AF sucks. I do admit that some of the photos are stellar but overall the quality isn't what I was expecting... I've tried every type of setting but the clarity is lacking big time. Is it possible that I just got a bad copy?
     
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    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    What apertures are you using?

    If you're shooting wide open, or close to it - that may be the source of the problems...

    Why Focus-Recompose Sucks
     
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    biostockman TPF Noob!

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    Literally, I've tried most of them... Lately mostly f/2.0-9.0
     
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    If you suspect it may be the lens, send it to a Canon shop while it is still under warranty.
     
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    biostockman TPF Noob!

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    Maybe I'm just too use to IS and I can't stand still... Perhaps some diazepam instead of a new lens would be better.
     
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    biostockman TPF Noob!

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    Yup, I may end up having to do just that.
     
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    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    This whole thread would make more sense with samples + EXIF.
     
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    biostockman TPF Noob!

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    True! I'm off to bed in a little bit, but I'll load some up tomorrow. I'm curious to see what people's opinions are. Whether its me or the lens.
     
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    Josh66 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Maybe some heroine ... good stuff. Like usayit said - got pics?
     
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    Overread has a hat around here somewhere Staff Member Supporting Member

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    +1 to USA - we need to see examples and the EXIF settings as well as details on how you took the photos (ie handheld, tripod, in strong wind, how you focused the shot etc)..
    Also post up some 100% crops from the sharpest points on the shots so that we can get an idea of the fullsize quality that you are getting with the setup
     
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    Hard to say without seeing pictures, but - since I have that lens, I'm inclined to think it's you...
     
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    I shall, I have to pull them off my external. I'll place them up tomorrow... I'm thinking its something to do with the AF, it's just not consistent. But again... I'll put some pics up tomorrow.
     

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