Trouble with Canon 70-200 f2.8?

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  1. butterflygirl

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    Anyone else have trouble with their Canon 70-200 2.8? I was super excited to get it, but now I find most of the pics I take with it are blurry, even with a higher shutter speed. What gives? I'm hoping it's just me and that I'm not used to the weight of the lens, but I don't know. Has anyone else had this problem and if you have what did you do about it?

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    Can you show us some examples with EXIF data?
     
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    keith204 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    How blurry? With my 70-200 f/2.8 (Sigma) I was disappointed in the sharpness. Then, I took off the cheap filter and that fixed it. But, that was a hardly noticeable blur.
     
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    First & foremost, have you tried it on a tripod, beanbag, folded towel, etc, with a shutter release, and without a filter. Take out every optical and movement variable you can before suspecting the lens. It still may be the lens, but eliminate everything else first.
     
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    I don't have any images on this computer, but I'll try and dig some up when I get home.

    I will also take your suggestions with the tripod etc. But in a wedding, how can I haul a huge tripod around? I guess I could use a monopod. I'm guess I'm just a little disappointed.
     
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    They just mean that you should use a tripod (or whatever) as a test, so that you can diagnose the problem. If you can get clear shots when it's perfectly still...then it's likely that the blur is caused by movement and a shutter speed not fast enough to freeze it.

    What do you consider a higher shutter speed? At 200mm, on a crop body, you should be using a minimum of 1/320.
     
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    I was disappointed in my 70-200 f/2.8L IS at first until I realized most of the blurry shots were user fault not the lens. Check your settings to see if they may be too off. Anything below 1/200 should be shot with extra attention or support. It does take a while to get use to the added weight. Your muscles just have to have time to work up the memory. Download the focus chart if you really need to know.
     
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    Define higher shutter speed.

    1/200th of a second is not a higher shutter speed with a 200mm lens.
     
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    If you are shooting at 2.8 with it you have to remember that is a shallow DOF and if someone is moving it could be that it is just out of focus a little and not that your lens is soft. I had this problem when I first started using my sigma 70-200 2.8. I found that it was all user error because some of my pics were soft and others were sharp. Also, like others have said, keep a fast shutter when using the long end of the zoom.
     

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