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"RE: Disappointment with D5100: focus and sharpness"
Hi Larry,Welcome to Nikonians!Sorry to hear of your problem.While the 18-55mm is not as sharp as the Pro zooms or the primes it is a very sharp lens and the difference is less than most think.Please add a few sample images to your gallery with the Exif data intact so we can see the problem.Could the "soft focus" be a Depth of Field (DOF) issue?When shooting at macro distances the DOF can be paper thin even when shooting at f/22.Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!