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  1. #1
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    My new Tamron 70-300... Bird shots... help needed.

    Recently I purchased the Tamron 70-300 for my A300 after reading so many good reviews & recommendations here.

    Today, I took the lens out for a test drive and these are some of the shots (handheld). The pictures were all direct from camera, no post processing except crop to reduce the image size.

    I've seen you guys posted some crisp photos and I'm just wondering why my shots ain't that sharp, in fact I find them a little soft.

    Any suggestions on how I can improve the shots would be much appreciated. Thanks.

    Pic #1 (F/8.0, 1/160sec, ISO: 100, Focal Length: 140mm, Metering: Pattern)



    Pic #2 (F/4.5, 1/160sec, ISO: 100, Focal Length: 160mm, Metering: Spot)



    Pic #3 (F/5.6, 1/40sec, ISO: 400, Focal Length: 135mm, Metering: Center-Weighted Average, Flash: Fired)



    Pic #4 (F/8.0, 1/160sec, ISO: 400, Focal Length: 140mm, Metering: Pattern)



    Pic #5 (F/8.0, 1/160sec, ISO: 400, Focal Length: 90mm, Metering: Pattern)



    Pic #6 (F/8.0, 1/50sec, ISO: 200, Focal Length: 150mm, Metering: Pattern)



    Pic #7 (F/5.6, 1/160sec, ISO: 400, Focal Length: 250mm, Metering: Pattern. Flash: Fired)



    Pic #8 (F/4.0, 1/30sec, ISO: 200, Focal Length: 100mm, Metering: Pattern)

  2. #2
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    Yoou can boost the sharpening in the camera, which will crisp up the shots a bit. I put Sharpness +3 into most of mine. I figure if the camera can push the lens ... why not?

    Page 95-96 of your A300's Instruction Manual

    BTW: Nice shots ... I love the "expressions" they have ...
    Last edited by DonSchap; 08-30-2008 at 09:50 AM.
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  3. #3
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    As Don said I bumped the sharpness up on my A100. I use spot metering for most of my shots.
    Frank
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    Quote Originally Posted by DonSchap View Post
    Yoou can boost the sharpening in the camera, which will crisp up the shots a bit. I put Sharpness +3 into most of mine. I figure if the camera can push the lens ... why not?

    Page 95-96 of your A300's Instruction Manual

    BTW: Nice shots ... I love the "expressions" they have ...
    Thanks Don In fact, I've already set the Sharpness +2 before I taking those shots. Pardon me for this noob question but does the exposure play a part in determining the sharpness? Anyway, will up it another notch and give it a try.

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    If you don't mind I would like to try and edit one of your images.
    Frank
    Sony A77
    Sony A580
    Sony A 100
    Maxxum 400si.
    Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
    Minolta AF 35-70
    Minolta AF 50 f/1.7
    Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Di LD
    Tamron 60mm Macro
    Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
    Tamron 2x Converter
    Sony HVL-F42AM
    Quantaray 70-300 4.5-5.6 Macro
    Slingshot 200 Bag



    http://www.flickr.com/photos/22083244@N06/

    http://s305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/

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    Quote Originally Posted by sparkie1263 View Post
    As Don said I bumped the sharpness up on my A100. I use spot metering for most of my shots.
    Frank
    Frank, in Pic #2, I used Spot metering & Sharpness +2 but it still doesn't look as sharp as what you have posted here. Did you use Photoshop to sharpen those images?

    Quote Originally Posted by sparkie1263 View Post
    If you don't mind I would like to try and edit one of your images.
    Frank
    Sure Frank, be my guest

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    hey these are great! I find them very nice! I didn't know you could add sharpening inside the body.... lol learn something every day! I'll look for it when my battery gets off the charger.

    Is this a bird zoo or something? Those are some exotic birds!



    I like the bokeh on this one!

    Where did you focus? It seems plenty sharp to me. Maybe I just can't tell on the small version?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dr4gon View Post
    hey these are great! I find them very nice! I didn't know you could add sharpening inside the body.... lol learn something every day! I'll look for it when my battery gets off the charger.

    Is this a bird zoo or something? Those are some exotic birds!

    I like the bokeh on this one!

    Where did you focus? It seems plenty sharp to me. Maybe I just can't tell on the small version?
    Thanks dr4gon. Yes, those shots were taken from a Bird Park. This is one heck of a funny looking bird.... reminds me of Big Bird in Sesame Streets... LOL

    I should be focusing on it's eyes but instead I focused on it's body


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    Here is just a quick edit. I used auto levels and contrast and a slight curves adjustment. I do PS most of my shots and some of my shots look like yours right from the camera.
    Frank

    Sony A77
    Sony A580
    Sony A 100
    Maxxum 400si.
    Sony 18-70 Kit Lens
    Minolta AF 35-70
    Minolta AF 50 f/1.7
    Tamron 70-300 f/4-5.6 Di LD
    Tamron 60mm Macro
    Tamron 17-50 f/2.8
    Tamron 2x Converter
    Sony HVL-F42AM
    Quantaray 70-300 4.5-5.6 Macro
    Slingshot 200 Bag



    http://www.flickr.com/photos/22083244@N06/

    http://s305.photobucket.com/albums/nn219/sparkie1263/

  10. #10
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    Oric1 those are some very nice shots, like Don said good expressions, like the birds were posing for you. maybe not as sharp as you want them but not bad at all out of the camera. As I am new to all of this also please take this as much as a question as well as a comment, and lets have feedback from the other guys also. Would it be "better" if Oric1 had the whole bird in the shot, and or just focused and cropped the head in the image? If shooting the whole bird focus point on the eyes?
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