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Old Thursday 23rd June 2011, 09:03   #1
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Poor DSLR results

I have recently had problems with my Nikon D70s & Sigma 150-500mm lens not talking to each other! The camera was repaired by Nikon 12 mths ago. Camera is fairly old now and the lens was bought approx 3 yrs ago.

Recent photo's have been very soft: I always shoot handheld and usually at 500mm - so I know that there is likely to be a bit of camera shake and soft imaging.

Can anyone tell from these images whether I have another camera/lens problem or is it my shooting/expectations.?

I am seriously thinking of going down the digiscoping route, for lightweight gear and from what I have seen on this web better results than my DSLR.

Many thanks in advance

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Old Thursday 23rd June 2011, 14:57   #2
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Hey Karen,

I can't see too much wrong with the shots youve posted. I think the distance of the birds could be why youre feeling the images are a little soft. This can occur due to various factors i.e heat haze as well as working outside the 'ideal' range of the lens itself. Its easy to think a lens at 500mm should be able to pull in a distant subject and make it look good; not always the case.

Work to find the ideal range of your particular lens; try shooting subjects closer.

You could always try your setup on a tripod, to see if that makes a difference; or rest your lens on a portable beanbag.

Digiscoping, whilst great fun can be just as frustrating, if not more so. You will definitely need to use a tripod and avoid any vibrations/camera shake due to the increased magnifications.

Hope this helps a little :)
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