#53. "RE: Soft Focus - How About A Standardized Test ?" In response to In response to 52
> >Pete > >Edited to add: > >I was wondering about this and finally stopped being lazy and >download the cylinder shot to look at the EXIF data. And to my >surprise what I found plays into what Stan just posted. > >You took that shot using manual focus!!! > >So again, what are you referring to??? An image can be in >focus yet soft (usually due to lens aberrations), but a missed >focus image will be soft in your intended subject area, but >sharp elsewhere (actual focus plane). Also being a camera with >a AA filter the end result will be soft and need sharpening. >And to that end different models will have different pixel >densities and different amounts of strength in the blur of the >AA filter making direct comparisons difficult. > >The in focus areas of your example appear to me to be very >sharp, but then with an in-camera sharpening setting of 9 >that’s no surprise!! So again with the thin DOF of that shot >you are going to get the results you did, and if the plane of >focus is not where you intended while using manual focus it’s >not the cameras fault. >
If you read my post where I included that pic, I stated that the pic was an EXAMPLE of why you could not evaluate just any pic.
Of course I knew what EXACTLY I was doing using that pic. I was trying to post a worst case example of focus comparison, not an example of in focus/out of focus, or AF lens performance.
P.S. I worked pretty hard with the camera to make that pic just what I wanted.
I have really enjoyed the results of using the D7000.