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I'll give an example in a minute. I shoot with the viewfinder and not the screen. The lens is an EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM and the camera a Canon 60D. I have tried multiple settings. Oh and I also use AF

1/800
11.0
ISO 400

1/800
9.0
ISO 500

1/500
5.6
ISO 500

All of these I have to digitally sharpen.
Am I just expecting to much?

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how fast are the planes moving... your shutter speed seems fast enough... but you still might want to try panning while taking the shot... and take lots of them

mine don't come out to sharp either... could just be the lens... i shoot planes with a similar lens and mine are just as blurry


Edited by 808MP5 - 4/22/11 at 11:02am
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how fast are the planes moving... your shutter speed seems fast enough... but you still might want to try panning while taking the shot... and take lots of them
I'm going to say 150Kts (173Mph or 278Kmh). I take about 300 photos which is the max I can do on this card.
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Are you shooting in AI Servo?
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Are you shooting in AI Servo?
I can't say I know. I haven't been messing with photography for long. I'll check.

I was also wondering if messing with the view finder knob could help?

EDIT: I was not but I was releasing the shutter button to refocus it.
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I can't say I know. I haven't been messing with photography for long. I'll check.

I was also wondering if messing with the view finder knob could help?

EDIT: I was not but I was releasing the shutter button to refocus it.
You should switch to AI servo then. The planes are moving very quickly, enough so that it'd be OOF by the time you snap the photo. Changing the diopter setting won't help with autofocusing either.
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You should switch to AI servo then. The planes are moving very quickly, enough so that it'd be OOF by the time you snap the photo. Changing the diopter setting won't help with autofocusing either.
Thank you I was just messing with it and it is pretty cool. I'll try it the next time I'm out.
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Thank you I was just messing with it and it is pretty cool. I'll try it the next time I'm out.
Tip: use the AF-ON button on the rear of the camera to start the AF in Servo mode, keeping the center AF-point on the plane. Hold it down to keep AF tracking the plane, and when you have it framed up as you would like, hit the shutter release button while still holding the AF-ON button. You'll get a marked improvement in quality shots this way, I promise you.
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Tip: use the AF-ON button on the rear of the camera to start the AF in Servo mode, keeping the center AF-point on the plane. Hold it down to keep AF tracking the plane, and when you have it framed up as you would like, hit the shutter release button while still holding the AF-ON button. You'll get a marked improvement in quality shots this way, I promise you.
Thanks but I also have an AF mode called AI Servo. I would assume this should be on? haha
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Thanks but I also have an AF mode called AI Servo. I would assume this should be on? haha
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Tip: use the AF-ON button on the rear of the camera to start the AF in Servo mode, keeping the center AF-point on the plane.
I think that about covers it.
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