High Expectations?

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High Expectations?

I'm starting to wonder what in the world I'm doing wrong. I am just not getting the hang of this new camera. I guess my expectations were too high. I'm really struggling with my focus, and I just can't fix it. When I nail focus, I get amazing clarity. It looks like I'm looking at the person instead of the image. But it's sheer luck nailing it.

I need some help problem solving. I hope you all can help me. Here is a perfect example:

1/250 f/5 ISO 2000 50mm

sooc by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr

This is a 100% crop of his eyes:

100eye by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr

I focused directly on his eyes. Unfortunately, focus caught on his bedhead instead:

100hair by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr

Why does this keep happening to me?? It's either the hair, or the shirt collar. And I figured his entire face would have been in focus and the eyelashes would look like his hair does with an AP of 5. But that doesn't matter, because even when I was further back, the focus is catching the wrong place. I did a focus test, and unless I did it completely wrong, the focus is ok. HELP!

ETA: Here's is a 100% of his lips. Those look more in focus than the hair, actually.

100lips by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr

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This is what I'm expecting it to look like:

100crop by Stephanie.Miller, on Flickr

EL2
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Is this with your new lens? Oh.. wait I see that it's with you 50 mm... Hmmm... Can you tell me how you have your camera set - is it in one shot, etc. Do you toggle to select focus? I think I remember you say you are using the Back focus feature.

Was your son moving during this shot?

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I have been trying to toggle. I did not recompose on these, I do know. I BBF'd then took the shot as quickly afterwards that I could. It's set to one shot, and spot AF. I've tried both 1pt and spot and I don't really notice a difference. I'm sure he was moving slightly. That's why I closed up my AP more than I normally do. I figured I'd get his whole face in focus, but apparently not... Guess I was too close? But like I said, I still feel like even when I'm doing a full body shot, I can't get the focus even when I'm closed up more than I normally do. I'm wondering if it's because I just can't get outside and take any shots.

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I don't have that amazing camera like you do but I also noticed when I got the 60d that my focus was alot harder to get than with the xsi. I notice I will miss focus about a third of the time:( Maybe a lil less but I still have not figured it out. Hope you do:)

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((HUGS))) I think if you just give it some time, you will figure it all out. It takes some time to figure out how to NAIL your camera. You got this! Smile

EL2
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It sounds like you are doing everything right. I agree with Sadie, give it a little bit more time and I know you'll do amazing things with it! Don't be discourage! I still miss focus on some of my shots Smile

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Thanks Smile

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Do you get the same results with different lenses? My Nikkor 28-70 f/2.8 has focusing issues with my d600. Other lenses are fine with it. I've been trying to calibrate the lens, but I'm a real noob at that, so I don't know if I have it right. My point is that maybe that lens needs to be fine-tuned to play nice with the camera (if you don't have the same problem with other lenses, that is). Take a look at the "Micro-Focus Adjustment and Calibration" section of this article to see how to do it with a Canon. http://www.learn.usa.canon.com/app/pdfs/quickguides/CDLC_Accurate_EOS_AF_QuickGuide.pdf

There are lots of other tuts on lens calibration, including focusing charts and all kinds of things, if you want to use a little Google-fu.

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