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Feb 25, 2021 10:03:51   #
candle57 Loc: nova scotia, canada
 
good morning everyone: So sometimes, lately, when I zoom out to grab a pic of a bird, its not always in focus. I like using the screen on back vs eyepiece; cause looking through eyepiece is always blurry and foggy. Yes, I've been checking manual and you-tube.

Hoping to get this fixed up, thank you all.

Feb 25, 2021 10:06:46   #
Retired CPO Loc: Travel full time in an RV
 
candle57 wrote:
good morning everyone: So sometimes, lately, when I zoom out to grab a pic of a bird, its not always in focus. I like using the screen on back vs eyepiece; cause looking through eyepiece is always blurry and foggy. Yes, I've been checking manual and you-tube.

Hoping to get this fixed up, thank you all.


What camera are you using? What you are describing doesn't sound right.???

Feb 25, 2021 10:21:55   #
Ourspolair
 
candle57 wrote:
good morning everyone: So sometimes, lately, when I zoom out to grab a pic of a bird, its not always in focus. I like using the screen on back vs eyepiece; cause looking through eyepiece is always blurry and foggy. Yes, I've been checking manual and you-tube.

Hoping to get this fixed up, thank you all.


Perhaps you should set up back button focussing...

 
 
Feb 25, 2021 10:30:30   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
Consider posting and storing an example JPEG so we can see the EXIF parameters of your lens and camera set-up. This is the best way to provide ideas for what to try next.

Feb 25, 2021 10:37:12   #
Machinedoc Loc: Yorktown Heights, NY
 
Sounds like the diopter setting on the eyepiece needs to be adjusted - but, without knowing what camera...

Feb 25, 2021 16:30:04   #
candle57 Loc: nova scotia, canada
 
candle57 wrote:
good morning everyone: So sometimes, lately, when I zoom out to grab a pic of a bird, its not always in focus. I like using the screen on back vs eyepiece; cause looking through eyepiece is always blurry and foggy. Yes, I've been checking manual and you-tube.

Hoping to get this fixed up, thank you all.


Sorry, thought I posted what kind of camera. Canon Powershot SX50HS

Feb 25, 2021 16:47:34   #
Haydon Loc: Hiding In Connecticut
 
candle57 wrote:
Sorry, thought I posted what kind of camera. Canon Powershot SX50HS


I'd recommend going over to the following website and email Lilian Stokes for her 10 pages of tips for the SX50.

http://stokesbirdingblog.blogspot.com/2013/02/canon-sx-50-hs-for-bird-photography-i.html

Just remember, when shooting in higher mm's it maybe a case of motion blur opposed to focus issues.

This shot took a lot of steady work to achieve, using my knee and elbow as a brace.

Even with it being dated, I feel it can provide some great shots.


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Feb 25, 2021 20:02:36   #
BrentHarder Loc: Southern California
 
Haydon wrote:
I'd recommend going over to the following website and email Lilian Stokes for her 10 pages of tips for the SX50.

http://stokesbirdingblog.blogspot.com/2013/02/canon-sx-50-hs-for-bird-photography-i.html

Just remember, when shooting in higher mm's it maybe a case of motion blur opposed to focus issues.

This shot took a lot of steady work to achieve, using my knee and elbow as a brace.

Even with it being dated, I feel it can provide some great shots.


Beautiful photo of the lizard ...........so sharp and crisp! The colors are brilliant too!

Feb 25, 2021 23:07:57   #
Haydon Loc: Hiding In Connecticut
 
BrentHarder wrote:
Beautiful photo of the lizard ...........so sharp and crisp! The colors are brilliant too!


Thanks Brent.

Feb 26, 2021 05:02:37   #
User ID
 
Most lenses lose focus when zooming to longer FLs. Focus at your working FL. Clean and adjust your eyepiece, too.

Despite the UHH parrot chatter that gear doesn’t make the photographer, you may need a more appropriate camera ... more appropriate for *you*.

Feb 26, 2021 06:57:16   #
billnikon Loc: Pennsylvania/Ohio/Florida/Maui/Oregon/Vermont
 
candle57 wrote:
good morning everyone: So sometimes, lately, when I zoom out to grab a pic of a bird, its not always in focus. I like using the screen on back vs eyepiece; cause looking through eyepiece is always blurry and foggy. Yes, I've been checking manual and you-tube.

Hoping to get this fixed up, thank you all.


You should not have a blurry and foggy look to your images looking through the eyepiece. Most camera's come with a diopter adjustment control which is usually located next to the eyepiece. As you look through the eyepiece you turn this adjustment until the image is clear and in focus. Also check the eyepiece, it could be dusty or dirty and needs cleaned.

 
 
Feb 26, 2021 06:58:27   #
kseawel
 
As someone else said, you might need to adjust the diopter (the little wheel just to the left of the viewfinder) to get clarity through the viewfinder. When I bought an SX50 a few years ago, mine had this problem which cleared up immediately with this adjustment. If you’re having trouble stabilizing the camera at longer distances, you might want to try turning off your digital setting which will stop your zoom before it gets quite as shaky.

Feb 26, 2021 07:12:04   #
candle57 Loc: nova scotia, canada
 
Haydon wrote:
I'd recommend going over to the following website and email Lilian Stokes for her 10 pages of tips for the SX50.

http://stokesbirdingblog.blogspot.com/2013/02/canon-sx-50-hs-for-bird-photography-i.html

Just remember, when shooting in higher mm's it maybe a case of motion blur opposed to focus issues.

This shot took a lot of steady work to achieve, using my knee and elbow as a brace.

Even with it being dated, I feel it can provide some great shots.


can't seem to find her email address.

Feb 26, 2021 08:06:32   #
JRiepe Loc: Southern Illinois
 
Machinedoc wrote:
Sounds like the diopter setting on the eyepiece needs to be adjusted - but, without knowing what camera...


Exactly what I was thinking.

Feb 26, 2021 08:55:02   #
MadMikeOne Loc: Southern New Jersey Shore
 
candle57 wrote:
good morning everyone: So sometimes, lately, when I zoom out to grab a pic of a bird, its not always in focus. I like using the screen on back vs eyepiece; cause looking through eyepiece is always blurry and foggy. Yes, I've been checking manual and you-tube.

Hoping to get this fixed up, thank you all.


Sounds to me as though you need to adjust the diopter on the viewfinder. It's a tiny little dial next to the viewfinder.


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