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canon 60d photos soft or blurred, help or idea's as to why.

16 Jul 2011 6:24PM
Hi i've looked through the forums but cant see anyone who has the same problem. I bought a canon 60d with a sigma 17-70 f2.8 os lens and canon 50mm mk11 f1.8, when im taking portraits they look great in camera and on the comp, but when i blow them up to 100% they look very soft even slighlty blurred, even on auto focus, as well as manual, diff apertures dont seem to help either, is the camera faulty or the lens, or me? any idea's would be great fully receive, files far to large to upload here, if i resize them they look fine?
any help thanks, John.

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franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2011 7:21PM
Upload a few pics for us to look at.

All sorts of reasons why this is happening, ie, shutter speed to low due to poor light, F stop and shutter speed combination etc?

Are you shooting in low light conditions and what iso were you using?


ps, you should be able to upload images here that will help identify the problem. Also tell us what shutter speed. F stop, iso was used .
Coleslaw 12 13.4k 28 Wales
16 Jul 2011 7:27PM
You shouldn't look at them at 100% full size.
Try looking at them at 50%. Are they sharp?
16 Jul 2011 7:44PM
ok even at 50% they still not as sharp as from my 450d, will try an upload, i used the idiot mode portrait on these pics in case it was my eysight, still same results though
thanks John.
16 Jul 2011 7:53PM

shutter speed 125, aperture f4, iso 100 shot under the shade of a tree
16 Jul 2011 7:59PM

ok shot at 250, aperture f1.8, an iso 100, shot in same place as previous using canon 50mm f1.8 mk11 lens.
lawbert 11 1.8k 15 England
16 Jul 2011 8:03PM
How are you focusing the subject?....Selecting one focus point?....using them all?...Manually focusing?
BigRick 12 2.1k 3 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2011 8:05PM
the second picture has the focus point in the wrong place.... right eye is more out of focus than the left eye, so focus point must be too far forward.... shooting at f1.8 gives you a TINY focal plane, so grate care is required to get it right.
geoffash26 14 2.5k United Kingdom
16 Jul 2011 8:06PM
my recomendation is to take some shots of a static item from a tripod in good light. If the results are sharp then its down to technique if not its a camera or lens problem
cheddar-caveman 14 1.1k England
16 Jul 2011 8:06PM
Which lense are they taken with? Are pictures the same with both lenses?
BigRick 12 2.1k 3 United Kingdom
16 Jul 2011 8:18PM

Quote:Which lense are they taken with? Are pictures the same with both lenses?

under second picture.... Canon f1.8 50mm
cheddar-caveman 14 1.1k England
16 Jul 2011 8:23PM
SORRY, too busy looking at the big picture to see the small print!
16 Jul 2011 8:25PM
I let the camera choose the focus point i set camera in idiot mode in case my eyesight was going . i've never had this prob with my 450d, im gonna go and set up in my little studio and try both on a tripod and hand held, tomorrow , maybe its my technique works fine with 450d not so hot with 60d? just find it weird thanks for all your help so far, John.x
lawbert 11 1.8k 15 England
16 Jul 2011 8:29PM
Never let the camera choose its focus point when shooting wide open at f 1.8Wink

I do hope you werent taking someones special day with the pics you uploaded!!
16 Jul 2011 8:36PM
Yes i was at a wedding, its why im asking , though i was not the offical photographer, my mate wanted some of his daughters as bridesmaids , did managed to get some decent shots in the end ,

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