Frosty Hike in the woods

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Went on a chilly -7 degrees celcius hike today. I am currently unhappy with the results of my new 70-200 F4L :grumpy: I have not yet got a sharp image. Today was very gloomy and cloudy but I bumped it up to 400 ISO and was shooting around 400 to 650/sec. Might have to bring her back I guess.

Here are 3 images from today.

1.
Uncle_Buck.jpg


2.
Uncle_Squirl.jpg


3.
My_Food.jpg
 

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2 and 3 seem to suffer from the ISO a bit.

as for the sharpness, did you use a tripod or monopod, maybe there is some shake, that comes more easily when cold outside.

did you try to stop down a bit? if you shot wide open, a little bit of softness would be normal I think. But then again I never used that lens.
 

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oh, but I still think the images are nice :) in particular the first one.
 
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Thank you very much Alex.
Yes I was wide open F4 all the way. I had too as it was quite dark for 2pm - 3pm. All my shots were hand held with no support and I may have been vibrating a tad bit but for the most part I thought things looked steady through the view finder.
 

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Thank you very much Alex.
Yes I was wide open F4 all the way. I had too as it was quite dark for 2pm - 3pm. All my shots were hand held with no support and I may have been vibrating a tad bit but for the most part I thought things looked steady through the view finder.

with my 300mm f/4 on 35mm full frame I always need at least a monopod to get them really crisp sharp (ok, unless at really fast shutter speeds around 1/1000 or above). Also, whenever possible I stop down a bit to get a tad more DOF.
 
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Thanks again Alex. You are probably right as I was at 200mm wide open shooting at about 1/400. To get any faster I would have needed to bump up to 800 ISO it was so darn dark. :(
 

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just test the lens on a tripod with a cable release and no wind... then you will know if it is the lens or you :)
 
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Can anyone tell me a good make and price in Canada I could expect to pay for a Monopod and where I can get it?

Thanks all.
 

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The first shot looks pretty darn good to me. Just keep practicing. I have also noticed that when it's extremely cold, your shutter does in fact actuate slower. The conditions you were in certainly shouldn't be used to determine if you have a sharp copy.
 

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I agree with all the comments above. IMO, you've got to get at least a monopod. Without IS or VR, its extremely difficult to get a crisp shot in such low-light conditions. I've done it a few times with my 300mm (no VR) where I'd go out, take a LOT of pictures and maybe 2 were ok - rest suffered from shake.... very discouraging.
I don't know what the price difference is between IS version of your lens but bottom line is that you can still take decent shots with what you have, except it will be a lot harder. Don't get discouraged, try a monopod and keep on shooting. (With the weather we've been having around here lately, I don't leave my house with a monopod).
Nice buck picture btw !
 

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one more thing to add to all of this, and the biggest reason I rarely use a monopod or a tripod (not that it doesn't help)..you're shooting a moving subject and the only thing you can do is get the shutter speed up or keep snapping until you get one where there is no movement. I don't know how many shots you take in bursts, but in situations like this, it really pays to take several in a burst and often times you will get lucky.
 
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good shots despite the iso and slight drop in sharpness....I have the same lens and have never had a problem with sharpness, however others have. Canon do recommend having L series lenses calibrated to your body for best results if there is a problem. I've been lucky with my L lenses on both bodies I've used them with, currently 30D. That said, as suggested it could be shake due to lighting conditions and the purchase of a monopod never goes astray! Hope you get it sorted.
 

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That's a little chilly. Where I live, I've been able to wear shorts and a tee shirt up until about now.

Nice shots. I like the deer shot.
 

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