I have a Canon 60D with the 18-200mm kit Lens.
I was at the beach not too long ago, I took some pics of my son in the sand, from a very close distance and they came out great. Picture quality was top notch.
Same day, same location, same lighting, I took some pics of a hawk-like (not sure what it was) bird landing in a giant nest. I took several. They all look fuzzy, noisy; just not great.
The only difference here was I switched from auto setting to the setting with the running-man icon, and I was zoomed in all the way. I did not use manual settings because I am not experienced enough yet.
A couple nights ago I was trying to photograph the moon coming up over some hilltops. It looked great to my eyes, I tried taking pics of it (zoomed in all the way). I could not capture it the way my eye saw it. I tried with a wide aperture, small aperture, fast shutter, slow shutter. In all cases, if the moon looked right, the surroundings where too dark and you could just see the moon. If the surroundings looked right, then the moon was too bright and washed out. All of them were fuzzy too (not extremly fuzzy, but not sharp either), I did not use a tripod though.
Is this because I am just too inexperienced, or is this the limitations of my lens? If its me.. what can I do? if its my lens, what is it about my lens.. what should I look for in a new lens?