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Focus problems with D7000

JP_Greywolf

Shuswap, CA
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JP_Greywolf Registered since 13th Dec 2010
Mon 13-Dec-10 02:40 AM

Hi,

I am new to the site and somewhat new to digital cameras. I purchased a D7000 last week and have been taking shots to become familiar with the camera.

All of my shots seem very soft focused (out of focus) inside of Lightroom 3.

I wish to go back to the store and explain my concerns yet I do not know enough about digital cameras to know how to show the people at the store the soft focus shots.

Can you offer me a process for taking a test shot to take to the store?

I have been using a Mamiya 7 II for years as well as an Ebony 4x5 and feel that this digital camera falls far short of my expectations.

Even on the screen of my IMac with out magnification the shots are very soft....out of focus. I do believe it is a fault of the camera...a technical flaw.

I took the test shots with the camera mounted on a tripod and outside in bright daylight. I let the camera with the Nikon 18-105 VR lens autofocus on the subject.

Just asking for some guidelines and some helpful suggestions.

Thank-you for you help.

James



csgaraglino

Colorado Springs, US
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#1. "RE: Focus problems with D7000" | In response to Reply # 0

csgaraglino Silver Member Charter Member
Mon 13-Dec-10 02:04 AM

Can you post or better link to one of the photos and also make sure you provide all the EXIF information.

Also, I don't know if this will help, but take a look at this post.
https://www.nikonians.org/forums/dcboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=329&topic_id=2031

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greenwing

Yorkshire, UK
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#2. "RE: Focus problems with D7000" | In response to Reply # 0

greenwing Registered since 18th May 2006
Tue 14-Dec-10 11:17 AM


>I took the test shots with the camera mounted on a tripod and
>outside in bright daylight. I let the camera with the Nikon
>18-105 VR lens autofocus on the subject.

James, the most obvious potential cause of problems with this setup is that VR should be turned off when using a tripod, except for some quite exotic lenses. VR can introduce movement when there is none.

Welcome to Nikonians!

Chris

Len Shepherd

Yorkshire, UK
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#3. "RE: Focus problems with D7000" | In response to Reply # 0

Len Shepherd Gold Member Nikonian since 09th Mar 2003
Wed 15-Dec-10 05:25 AM

First welcome.
Whilst some AF targets can fool AF into focusing at the wrong distance if all your shots from a range of subjects are obviously unsharp either it is something you ar not doing right with the camera, or the camera is defective.
A quick solution is to go back to the store, tell them you are not getting any sharp photos and ask them to demonstrate how to get sharp photos.
If they can get sharp photos they can help you with the settings.
If they cannot get sharp pictures ask for an exchange camera, get it tested in the shop with your charged battery, or get your money back.
If the shop suggests sending the camera back to Nikon tell them firmly you paid good money for a good camera and getting the camera put right is their problem, not yours.

Photography is a bit like archery. A technically better camera, lens or arrow may not hit the target as often as it could if the photographer or archer does not practice enough.

Len Shepherd

ericbowles

Atlanta, US
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#4. "RE: Focus problems with D7000" | In response to Reply # 0

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Wed 15-Dec-10 10:14 AM

I think the D7000 default settings are based on creating forgiveness in small prints for novice users. They were not sharp enough for my taste but there is plenty of detail in the RAW file. Try increasing sharpness using the Picture Control settings.

I'm not sure whether you are creating RAW images and converting them in Photoshop or JPEG's. You might want to install the free program - View NX2. View NX2 will give the image with the actual camera settings rather than having some other product like Photoshop interpret those settings. Lightroom will use a pretty good interpretation of camera settings, but you may simply have settings that do not include enough sharpening. View NX2 also gives you some ability to adjust camera settings for RAW images in post processing so you can decide how to set up your camera.

I don't have the 18-105 lens, but will assume you have it stopped down a little and are not shooting at extremes of aperture or focal length.

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JP_Greywolf

Shuswap, CA
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#5. "RE: Focus problems with D7000" | In response to Reply # 2

JP_Greywolf Registered since 13th Dec 2010
Wed 15-Dec-10 03:17 PM

Hello Chris,

Thank-you for that piece of information...I did not know that. As you correctly understood I am very new to DSLR's and digital cameras in general. I appreciate you sharing these very helpful suggestions.

Jim

JP_Greywolf

Shuswap, CA
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#6. "RE: Focus problems with D7000" | In response to Reply # 1

JP_Greywolf Registered since 13th Dec 2010
Wed 15-Dec-10 03:25 PM

Thanks for leading me to the other post. I learned many things from reading those postings. I do not know how to post an image and am unsure of what type of image would be suitable to illustrate if there may be a problem.

I am simply unsure if it is simply I, a person who has only had experience with film that is correctly or incorrectly making a judgement.

As you have pointed me....to keep reading more posts and learn from those.

My prime concern at this time is exactly that...time.

The dealer, a good person, explained that I had a grace period to ensure I am satisfied with the camera. Yesterday I returned the camera to him, simply so he could test the ability of the camera/lens combination.

I will be returning Friday afternoon to pick up my camera and listen to what he has to say.

His skill set/knowledge in DSLR's far surpasses mine.

I am hoping for the best.

Jim

JP_Greywolf

Shuswap, CA
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#7. "RE: Focus problems with D7000" | In response to Reply # 3

JP_Greywolf Registered since 13th Dec 2010
Wed 15-Dec-10 03:27 PM

Thanks Len.

As you may read from another reply, I have returned the camera to the dealer for him to test and verify.

I will be talking to him Friday afternoon and see what he can tell me.

Jim

JP_Greywolf

Shuswap, CA
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#8. "RE: Focus problems with D7000" | In response to Reply # 4

JP_Greywolf Registered since 13th Dec 2010
Wed 15-Dec-10 03:32 PM | edited Wed 15-Dec-10 03:34 PM by JP_Greywolf

Thanks Eric,

I will take a closer look at View NX2. I very recently purchased LR 3 and am just starting to learn how to use the program. The same with understanding that shooting RAW images is probably the best route for me to take as I begin to understand more about digital image processing.

You are correct, I do have the lens stopped down and am staying away from the extreme ends of the lens capabilities. That is also the reason I did tripod mounted shots, to remove any question of "hand shaking".

Some days I just ache for a standard darkroom and real wet paper in my hands. However I wil just continue on and hopefully become better at the digital ways.

Jim

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