The 30D

My new Canon 30D is quite nice. I haven’t had much time to play with it just yet; hopefully tomorrow will allow for that.

It’s definitely a great upgrade from the D60.

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6 Responses to “The 30D”

  1. Now that’s a review! 😉

  2. What objectives do you use with this camera ?

  3. fortyoz says:

    Hi Garrett,

    I have a question about my Digital Rebel XT, the auto focus doesn’t seem to be working good and the photos aren’t as sharp as they were when I first bought the cam, only a month or two ago.. I carried it around while travelling to Canada the other day and probably was kinda rough with it. Is this a common problem that can be fixed or did I mess it up good and need to return it?

    Thanks and congrats on the new cam.. looking forward to seeing the pics it produces in your hands.

  4. fortyoz:

    Let’s first start with the furtherst from obvious: check the little tiny round dial next to the viewfinder. I’ve found that it can be accidently and unknowingly flicked one way or the other (at least it has happened a few times with my D60). When you can’t see things clearly, it is harder to auto-focus. It’s a stretch, but it’s one thing to check if you haven’t thought of it already. (This would just affect things in your viewfinder, but if you think it’s right when looking in there, and if it is not, then your pictures may not be focused where you think they should be.)

    You may want to check your camera with another lens.

    You may want to check your lens with another camera.

    You might want to set it up on a tripod, take a with auto-focus and then a few shots with manual focus… when shooting with manual focus, you’ll want to focus in front and behind the object a little as well as directly on the object.

    You should make sure there’s enough light for your settings. A general rule of thumb is that your shutter speed should be equal or greater to (1 / lens length) if you’re hand holding your camera (and do not have image stabilization). That is, if you have a 50mm lens, a minimum shutter speed would be 1/50, else you may have blur. If you go for a quicker setting (1/100 for instance), you can bet that things will be even sharper, even if you’re not being entirely careful while holding the camera. Of course, you’ll want to adjust every other setting you can to achieve that, depending on your shooting style… This means tweaking variables such as ISO and aperture and how still you can hold your camera. Sometimes you may even want to underexpose and “push” the brightness back up at a last resort.

    The AF with your camera/lens combo might not be the best… it’s usually the lens (and not the camera), at least with modern cameras.

    It could be environmental: dirty lens (dust or smears or something), a dirty UV filter (or other sort of filter), fog on the lens (which happens sometimes with dramatic humidity / temperature changes), or even fungi growing on the lens (usually only happens if the lens got soaked enough).

    You may have banged the lens a little too much and an element (piece of glass) may be a little off. This is more commonplace in cheaper lenses (such as plastic-body lenses).

    It could be a defective camera body.

    Of course, it may be psychological, too. You may just think it’s not as sharp as it once was. *shrug*

  5. I bet you will end up with a medium format DSLR one day 🙂

  6. Dial_tone says:

    I wish I was good enough at photography to need a camera like that…and I wish I could afford one. 🙂

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