Got rid of my Canon sx50

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spytrek007
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Got rid of my Canon sx50
7 months ago

Just last week, I had decided to sell my canon sx50 on ebay and decided to upgrade to the canon 600d. Main reason was that the camera is unable to focus on small birds that are quite further away, lets say 25m or more. This may be due to camera shake and zooming in but in few instances I was using a tripod and still unable to get a proper shot. Another thing i found annoying with the camera that in low light conditions or during early evening, the camera would again not focus properly. I personally feel this camera is good for landscapes and social events. Shooting wildlife with this camera is a big struggle due to focusing time. With wildlife or bird photography, it is either a hit or miss 50% of the time. However I have taken some really good shots and others came out really out of focus. Is it because of using autofocus all the time instead of using manual focus? I mean would it make a difference in bird photography which focusing mode is used?

Here I am posting a link to my google birds album. About 90% of images on this album are shot with the sx50.

https://plus.google.com/photos/117773597504677863600/albums/5954605792450990929

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In reply to spytrek007, 7 months ago

Good luck with the 600d.  You may miss that BIG zoom?

Murry

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John McCormack
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In reply to MurryG, 7 months ago

You have some good images in your gallery, however, many appear overexposed to me.

I struggled with the SX50 until I got some advice from Cybertony in this thread . His work with the SX50 is outstanding.You can view his work here: Canon SX50 HS - tonybrittonYou may find some of his tips helpful with your new gear.

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John McCormack wrote:

You have some good images in your gallery, however, many appear overexposed to me.

could you specify which ones are overexposed?

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In reply to spytrek007, 7 months ago

Also looking forward to the canon sx60 and upgrade to the panasonic fz200 and will decide between the two to have as a camera i can take with me on various mountain treks. I was happy with the performance of the sx50 when it came to landscape shots but have mixed feelings about bird and other wildlife shots even when shooting at very close distances.

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spytrek007 wrote:

John McCormack wrote:

You have some good images in your gallery, however, many appear overexposed to me.

could you specify which ones are overexposed?

Any of your shots with white in them are way overexposed by at least 1EV and are clipping the highlights (whites have no details).  Even most of the non-white birds are overexposed and flat looking, but those can be saved by bringing down the exposure.  Are you using +EV when shooting?  Maybe the exposure has something to do with the metering you have chosen.  Lowering the EV in camera will also give you lower ISOs and of course lower noise.

This image here has the best chosen exposure although I would consider increasing the contrast.

https://plus.google.com/photos/+abhishekdeepak/albums/5954605792450990929#photos/+abhishekdeepak/albums/5954605792450990929/5954609443751050242?pid=5954609443751050242&oid=117773597504677863600

This one here I would consider bringing down the exposure slightly and adding some contrast.  Otherwise it is not bad.

https://plus.google.com/photos/+abhishekdeepak/albums/5954605792450990929#photos/+abhishekdeepak/albums/5954605792450990929/5954609411111744242?pid=5954609411111744242&oid=117773597504677863600

These 2 are typical of the overexposed image and not much can be done with them as the whites are clipping with no details.

https://plus.google.com/photos/+abhishekdeepak/albums/5954605792450990929#photos/+abhishekdeepak/albums/5954605792450990929/5954607139883607522?pid=5954607139883607522&oid=117773597504677863600

https://plus.google.com/photos/+abhishekdeepak/albums/5954605792450990929#photos/+abhishekdeepak/albums/5954605792450990929/5954607048287959170?pid=5954607048287959170&oid=117773597504677863600

One other thing to consider is lighting.  For the best captures the sun should be coming from behind your shoulder towards the birds, preferably not around mid-day.  Trying to shoot a bird with the sun in front of you will be frustrating and will never be that great.  When I go out shooting birds I chose the location I am going to based on the time of day and where the sun will be.  If walking down a trail I am always looking away from the sun for any birds (sometimes even walking backwards ) and just ignore any sound from the other side.  The key is to be patient and let the shots come to you.

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