New lens.. Blurry photos :(

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  1. Simons

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    Hey

    I have recently purchased a new lens but after taking some shots over Christmas with it i have had a lot of blurry shots.

    I am still fairly new to photography.

    My camera is the Canon EOS 1000d
    My New lens is the Canon EF 70-200mm F/4L USM

    Example of some of the blurry shots:

    http://img29.imageshack.us/img29/2893/img5680i.jpg

    http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/6102/img5707o.jpg

    Camera Settings:

    Shutter speed: 1/320 sec
    Exposure Program: Aperture priority
    F-Stop: f/4
    Aperture Value: f/4.0
    Iso Speed Ratings: 200
    Focal Length: 100mm

    Can anybody shed some light as to where I am going wrong? And maybe some tips of how to avoid similar problems in the future?

    Many thanks!
    Nic
     
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    Doens't look blurry - looks slightly out of focus. More so on that first show. Also, if you were walking in that first shot, even a tiny bounce might introduce some shake. But I don't think its shake so much as a focus issue.
     
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    They are out of focus.

    Are you half pressing the shutter release (to lock focus) before taking the picture?

    Are you using auto-focus, or manual?
     
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    The second shot the shutter speed is too slow for the focal length
     
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    If that first shot were focused, I'd be say it's a very good shot!
     
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    Hmm yeah i see what you mean. i was standing still taking the photo.

    Yes i am half pressing the button until it focuses, and then taking the shot.

    Im using auto-focus

    Hmm ok thanks, even tho its on 1/300 or whtever its on?
     
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    No it's not. The second photo is @ 1/80. ;)
     
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    Ahh! ill take onboard what you've all said and try out some different shots!

    thanks
     
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    Second shot is 1/80 at 140mm :lol:
     
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    Don't forget that if you're going to handhold the lens, your shutter speed should be at least as fast as 1/(focal length). Depending on how steady your hand is, you may need to be faster even than that. I also see, from your above note, that you are shooting at f/4. Remember that very few lenses are at their sharpest when they are all the way open. You might want to stop down a bit and crank your ISO up to match.
     
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    If he cant get sharp corners at F/4, then he needs to take that lens back.

    And 1/80th of a second is pretty damn fast. Faster than some animals - no. Faster than a seemingly stationary woman - oh yea.
     
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    Word.

    Although he is right, 1/80 is rather fast and if you can't take a photo of someone walking then there is probably some sort of problem.
     

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