Is it the camera or Lense?

United States
September 3, 2008 11:17am CST
I now currently have a Cannon Rebel XT 8mpx. I started using this to start my photography career and now I HATE IT! I cannot get my photos to look clean and crisp like I want them, I've been told it has a lot to do with the lense, but could it just be the crappy camera? What lense would you recommend to get a better result photo on this camera, or what camera would you recommend I upgrade to?
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• United States
26 Sep 08
Blurriness can have several sources. The Canon Rebel has a good reputation. And if you are using Canon lenses, then you should have no problems. Unless of course you just have defective equipment. But most likely the problem is standing behind the camera. xD Sorry. I know that is not what you want to hear but I don't know how much experience you have with photography so from your question I will Assume it's not much. A good photographer can take good pics with just about any camera. But having a great Camera doesn't necessarily make a great Photographer. Photography is all about light. Are you shooting in low light situations? If you are and you are shooting in automatic mode then the camera could be using a slow shutter speed. If that is the case then any movement at all will cause the shot to blur. I use a tripod for practically of my shots. But if you are shooting sports or fast moving objects then that isn't always practical. There is so much more to photography than I can put into a small space like this. So I would recommend getting a good book and learn about the relationship between Aperture and Shutter speed. Aperture is the size of the opening that the shutter opens and Shutter Speed determines how long it stays open. They go together to determine how sharp a picture is and also the Depth of Field, or how much of the picture is in focus. This all falls under the heading of "Exposure". One of the best books I have seen on the subject is called "Understanding Exposure" By Bryan F. Peterson. There are other books but this is very easy to understand. and it has some great pictures to inspire you. Below is a link to buy it from Half.com or you can just check with your local library. Happy Shooting. http://product.half.ebay.com/Understanding-Exposure_W0QQprZ6047019QQtgZinfo Also here is a website that gives a lot of info, Maybe too much, You probably will never use it all. but if you are selective you should find all of your answers here. http://www.tpub.com/content/photography/14209/
@chaiizky (101)
• Philippines
15 Nov 08
i totally agree with this. a short photography lesson would also help if you are not too keen on reading stuff on-line about photography. lessons u learn from experienced photographers are definitely worth the time. i believe it's always HOW you use your camera, not what your camera is. if you have a fancy camera and don't know how to use it well, it's useless. might as well get a point and shoot. creativity, i'm pretty sure is already in you.
• United States
4 Sep 08
Well minicooper, I have a Cannon PowerShot S5IS 8mpx Camera, and I LOVE it!!! It's not a super fancy camera or anything but I've taken some pretty nice landscape stuff with it. I slowed my shutter speed down as far as it would go and have gotten some pretty unique night shots. I have no idea what kinda lense you should get for yours so I guess I haven't helped you at all. I've seen some of your photography. It is very good. I hope you get some advice that will benefit you on here.
• United States
4 Sep 08
Thanks I am thinking it's probably the camera. I need to earn me about 5k on mylot and maybe I can buy me a new one. LOL
@trickiwoo (2702)
• United States
12 Nov 08
It is a combination of both. If you use a poor quality lens on a high quality camera, you will not get good results. But if you were to use a very high quality lens on a lower quality entry level camera you wouldn't get as good results. What lens are you currently using?
@underdogtoo (9588)
• Philippines
4 Sep 08
I first got my taste of photography when my father brought home a simple kodak camera from his travels in Europe. It was a very simple camera and I had lots of fun with it. I came to know a lot of things about cameras and photography. I don't take pictures anymore but I would like to buy a simple digital camera again. Cheers!!