One deer photo of two deer, Critique?

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Lucky shot but awful quality, i blame the Tamron 70-300mm lens i have to put up with.
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For the record these deer are not 0 wild although they are free to go where they want, their encouraged into the area. I hope this doesn't look out of focus!


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Do you have the old Tamron 70-300 or the newer one? I have the Di SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 with VC and get good results with it. Here is one of several I've taken with it.

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I have the new one with the macro function, i missed the focus slightly as well because i use manual focus with it due to the slow auto focus. maybe the older model was better? really like the photo, was the deer wild?
 

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Technically the deer is wild as it is allowed to run free in the forest preserves or on the streets if it feels lucky.:D But these deer are constantly being fed by the well meaning public so they are not afraid of humans and I was close to this one. When I encounter them in the preserves they watch me pretty closely looking for a handout.

Even though most of the images taken with this lens are in my opinion acceptably sharp I have taken a couple at 300mm that were a tad soft. The VC is great. I took a picture hand held at 300mm with a shutter speed of 1/30sec. and it came out acceptably sharp. That's no guarantee I could achieve that all the time but I feel it is a good lens considering the price. On the lens is the wording - Ultrasonic Silent Drive so it does have a built in motor.

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Two deer certainly makes for a more interesting composition. As you said, focus is way off. Since the deer weren't moving, I would have opted for auto focus. Manual focus just screwed up the quality of the shot. Did you use a tripod, as it would certainly help with focusing issues.
 

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It looks like the picture had a lot of noise before you applied some noise reduction algorithms to it. That's affecting the quality too.
 
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No Tripod unfortunately, which would of been handy for focusing as Joel_W said it's a pretty good composition (well least for me it is!) just lacks quality.
Back to the drawing board! I plan to invest in a sigma 70-200 2.8 soon(ish) and maybe a 2x teleconverter, this was also shot at 5.6 which was tricky to manual focus handheld. I'll go for redemption and upload a sharper image from that day. And yes Frequency focus would of helped in this situation...
 

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