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MongolJustin

AU
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MongolJustin Registered since 26th Oct 2012
Wed 14-Nov-12 12:22 PM

Folks

When reviewing shots on the D800 screen, what key indicators should i look for to confirm that i have a tack sharp shot.
A few times i have zoomed in on my shot, in camera, and thought i had a great shot, but when i reviewed the shots later in post on a larger screen i have been disappointed to see a softer focus than i was expecting.
Had i detected this at the time i would have refocussed and shot some more.

regards

Justin.

JosephK

Seattle, WA, US
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#1. "RE: Chimping" | In response to Reply # 0

JosephK Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006
Wed 14-Nov-12 01:54 PM

The first indicator is the "green in-focus dot" when you are taking the picture.

After that, zoom in on the display and see what you got.

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jamesvoortman

Durban, ZA
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jamesvoortman Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Sep 2004
Wed 14-Nov-12 05:35 PM

It always looks sharper on that 3.0 inch monitor than on the much bigger monitor at home.

Like most I am finding that I have to pay more attention to shutter speed and techniques like bracing to get the sharpness that D800 is capable of.

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MongolJustin

AU
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MongolJustin Registered since 26th Oct 2012
Thu 15-Nov-12 09:49 AM

Thanks for your answers

Yes, i have actually moved to pretty much exclusively using manual mode with the D800 so i can select both the shutter and apeture
I find i get more keepers ...

I also am more conscious of bracing elbows against body and not breathing when i invoke the shutter release.

But anyway, yes, the 3 inch screen does hide the flaws a little

what i would like to know is on my D800 i can zoom 11 times, until yellow box is at its smallest

does anyone know how at what point from 1 --> 11 zooms, we hit 100%

texspeel

Fairfax Station, US
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texspeel Silver Member Nikonian since 09th Nov 2011
Thu 15-Nov-12 03:49 PM

Justin,
I recently went on a workshop with fellow Nikonian and for the second year running the Nature Photographer of the Year and the International Photography Awards, Marsel Van Oosten. He showed me a neat trick that I now use all the time for zooming during playback.
On your D800, go to Custom Settings Menu>f2 Multi selector control button>Playback Mode>Zoom On/Off. There are three options - Low Magnification, Medium, and High. Select one of the three options. From then on, when you press the multiselector button during playback of an image, it will zoom to that magnification. Press it a second time and it goes back to the full frame.
Marsel said that medium was 100%. Darrell Young in his excellent book Mastering the D800 says that medium is 200% and low is 100%. I'd say try both settings and see which one works for you. I used Medium and have found it extremely useful for a quick chimp to check focus.
Hope this helps.
Best, Tom

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Ferguson

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#5. "RE: Chimping" | In response to Reply # 0

Ferguson Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for the generous sharing of his high level expertise in the spirit of Nikonians Nikonian since 19th Aug 2004
Fri 16-Nov-12 01:36 AM

Assuming you are shooting raw (if not, start), and don't use NX, then go into the settings and change the sharpness all the way to max.

This will over-sharpen on the LCD, but will not affect the raw image, nor how Adobe (or I think any other than NX) view it.

Having done that, I find that I can much more quickly see if I have sharp focus as I zoom in, or at least see better exactly what part of the frame is sharp. In some ways it makes the images a bit ugly, but I find it a big help in evaluating focus in a quick look zoomed or not.

If using NX you can turn it back down, but I think it then defaults, which is why you might not want to set it up. And of course don't set it up for JPG.


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PhotoSpydie

Buckeye, US
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#6. "RE: Chimping" | In response to Reply # 4

PhotoSpydie Silver Member Donor Ribbon awarded for her support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 17th Jul 2011
Fri 16-Nov-12 10:02 AM

I set this up and I LOVE it. Thanks for the tip.

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Gromit44

UK
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#7. "RE: Chimping" | In response to Reply # 4

Gromit44 Registered since 04th Jan 2012
Fri 16-Nov-12 12:29 PM

Thom Hogan's Complete Guide says this:

Low - 50%
Medium - 100%
High - 200%

texspeel

Fairfax Station, US
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texspeel Silver Member Nikonian since 09th Nov 2011
Fri 16-Nov-12 12:48 PM

Simon,
Thanks! That's 2 for medium being 100%.
Best, Tom

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Greyscale

Freehold, US
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#9. "RE: Chimping" | In response to Reply # 0

Greyscale Registered since 12th Jun 2002
Fri 16-Nov-12 02:54 PM

Found this on Utube, :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAu8sCti0wg&feature=channel&list=UL

It explains the D800 Live View setup.

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MongolJustin

AU
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#10. "RE: Chimping" | In response to Reply # 4

MongolJustin Registered since 26th Oct 2012
Fri 16-Nov-12 09:59 PM

Great tip .... Thanks

Gromit44

UK
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Gromit44 Registered since 04th Jan 2012
Sun 02-Dec-12 12:56 PM | edited Sun 02-Dec-12 12:58 PM by Gromit44

Tom - I am not so sure about this now. See
https://www.nikonians.org/forums/dcboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=430&topic_id=20192&mesg_id=20192&page=

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