I currently own a Canon EOS 350D (Digital Rebel XT
) with an el-cheapo Canon 75-300 f/4.0-5.6 III lens (no IS
, no USM
). I am starting to think that there's no hope in getting a decent picture quality out of that lens, at least not a quality good enough to submit pictures to A.net.
Almost all pictures I take are very, very soft, and lack of contrast. It's definitely not motion blur, and not out of focus either. I shoot in aperture priority mode at f/8. Even using the "JID workflow" doesn't help much.
The camera body itself isn't the problem - I can get really great pictures by using a 50mm f/1.4 prime, but this has obviously nothing to do with aviation photography. Heck, even the dreaded 18-55 kit lens is better than the zoom
What do you think - is the 75-300 a hopeless lens when trying to use it for A.net? Or is it just me? Do I have a bad copy? Is there anyone here taking good pictures with that lens?
As an alternative I've been looking at something more expensive... for example the 70-200 f/4.0L with a 1.4x extender. I understand that pictures with this combination are very sharp. The photographer at my local camera store recommends the Canon 70-300 DO IS
. What do you think?