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T3i Help Please
« on: March 13, 2011, 10:40:48 AM »
Hi,
I bought the Rebel T3i as well as an EFS 55-250 lens with auto focus and image stabilization. I am new to this type of camera from my point and shoot type but took pictures at my son’s hockey game with the settings at the best image quality. The pictures had some blurry, and some grainy , some decent but overall disappointing. The camera was on Sports mode and i moved the camera along with the players movements when shooting and also some shots when the players were standing before and after the play. I noticed in the view finder it did not do the red dot pre-shot focus that is did when I took pictures in the auto mode in my home, could this be an issue? I had it on auto focus and stabilization enabled. What am I doing wrong? I need help and I appreciate it but I thought the images would be stunning with this new camera but it is far from it. It seems to be no better quality than my old point and shoot. I spend a ton on this system and I really took my time with these sports shots so any help is really appreciated.

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Re: T3i Help Please
« Reply #1 on: March 13, 2011, 11:41:30 AM »
Can you post a few examples? It sure sounds to me like your camera was not in focus. The red dots should pop when the lens achieved focus assuming that you did not switch the lens to MF. I am sure you did not based on what you said. Where the players moving around a lot? I never use the AI Servo focus mode but I would think that would be good at a hokey game. Also consider the focal point. I pay a lot of attention to the focal point and I often find myself switching the focal point as the camera locks on to something else.

You can load the image in Dpp and let the software show you the focal points. That's about all I have for now. Maybe if we see something we can come up with more.
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Re: T3i Help Please
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2011, 02:31:08 PM »
I don't know how to see what the camera setting were. Others here can view the setting but I can't. I am going to guess that the aperture was very low based on lighting and the shutter speed just was not quite fast enough. I fear that you may need to spend money on a faster lens to achieve top notch shots in the hockey arena.

I hope someone comes along that knows how to tell the camera settings.
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Re: T3i Help Please
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2011, 02:09:18 PM »
For the image posted above, the settings are: ISO 400, shutter 1/60, f/4.6, focal length 79mm.  (on the original image file, just right-click, choose properties, and hit the "advanced" tab.)

You really shouldn't use any of the auto settings (sports, landscape, portrait, etc.), they just won't get you where you want to be. Auto modes will always average things, and that's not great. You want to control specific settings for different types of shooting.

For sports you should be shooting in shutter priority (Tv on the dial), and set your shutter to at least 1/125, if not a little higher depending on lighting conditions. That slow shutter speed is what's giving you that blur, and you need to speed it up! You can also try pushing the ISO to 800, that will help counter for the slower lens, and the images should be fine.
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« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2011, 02:33:59 PM »
Thanks for letting me know 1074.
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« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2011, 02:36:07 PM »
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Re: T3i Help Please
« Reply #6 on: March 15, 2011, 05:05:06 PM »
Thanks

any help is appreciated. We do mostly sports for our kids and I am not sure of the settings

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Re: T3i Help Please
« Reply #7 on: August 12, 2011, 11:54:41 PM »
Actually that 1/60th sec shutter speed gives a nice motion feel to the picture. 
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