f/5, 1/60, ISO-100, 140mm

I have a 75-300mm lens that I got when I purchased my camera, and I haven’t used it that much. Generally I’ve been unsatisfied with it in a number of areas. It tends not to focus well, I’ve gotten a lot of chromatic aberration, and the picture quality has just generally been yucky. So I’ve kept in the bag but rarely taken it out, wishing I’d never gotten it.

Now, to say that I am disappointed in the quality of the lens wouldn’t be quite accurate. I never really expected much of it. It cost $100 with the camera purchase and I knew from the start that it wouldn’t be the highest quality, but I figured that it would be high enough quality for the level of my experience.

Actually, that was probably a pretty honest assessment. Still is, for that matter.

But lately I’ve been feeling increasingly dissatisfied with my assessment of the lens, and knowing that I have gained a lot of knowledge and experience in the last few months I decided to challenge myself by going out on a trip and using only this lens.

What you see here is one of my attempts. It’s a straightforward shot, just to show some texture really. There’s not much of a story here, other than a very sturdy bolt that seems to attach nothing. It is the tiniest bit out of focus; or rather, the focus is in the wrong place. And at only 1/60 shutter speed, the focus issue could easily camera movement given such a heavy, long lens. It’s not pronounced enough for me to be able to tell for sure.

But this photo does tell me that it’s not as bad at focusing as I had previously thought, and I am pleased with the knowledge. I learned a few more things about this lens which I’ll share in upcoming posts.

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  1. Bella Remy Photography April 5, 2012 at 7:35 pm #

    It’s a Canon right? I also have the 70-300mm lens and find that I got some nice sharpness at the 100-200mm range in sunlight conditions. Good luck with the lens!

  2. AJBopp April 5, 2012 at 7:41 pm #

    Yeah it’s a Canon. I have gotten some good results. I particularly like the one I’ll be posting on Saturday. But as you’ll see next week, I got some results that were not as nice. However, I’ve found that there is at least one easy thing I can do to improve the quality of the shots from that lens. Stay tuned….

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