Dopey Pictures of Ice

Stupid Pictures of Ice

Canon XTI – My first digital SLR

I just found a few pictures I took a few years ago with my first digital SLR, a Canon Rebel XTI and an EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS.  When I looked at these photos for publishing, I chuckled because I don’t think they are that good.  I actually thought they were cool pics when I took them.  I must have been drinking the cheap stuff that day or maybe I am developing a better eye.  Maybe there is something to this thing called practice.

A Great Lens that Wasn’t:  The EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS

The XTI was a good camera but the EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS lens was considered excellent with some saying it should be classified as an “L” lens.  “L” stands for “Luxury” and is reserved only for Canon’s top quality lenses.  I was not impressed and most of my pictures came out soft.  I could not understand why and figured the stuff on the net was either exaggerated, or what I had was really good even though it didn’t look that way to me. 

Later, I purchase a famous Canon 70-200 f2/8 IS zoom and got fantastically sharp shots.  So it wasn’t the camera but it may be the lens.  But there was another piece to this puzzle: sometimes shots came out great with that “bad” lens.  Hmmm…

When I shoot dopey pictures of things that don’t move, like the ice here, I snap a ton of shots at different apertures just to see and learn about what different settings do to a picture.  In my first pass of reviewing, I delete the blurry ones.  I don’t even look at composition or anything else; I just make a pass deleting the pictures where the focus was soft.  Some come out super sharp but most don’t cut it.  Such is the result of a system that is just a bit out of specification.

Today, I am not sure but I suspect it was because of the focus system was just a bit off and if the XTI had the micro focus adjustment system, I could have had super sharp pictures.  As I noted before, I will never buy a camera body that does not have that adjustment system.  See here for more on what Canon calls Micro Focus Adjustment.

The Equipment:

  • Canon XTI
  • Canon EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 IS

Location Types: Nature Reserve. Galleries: Nature and Snow. Tags: 17-55 f/2.8 and XTi.

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