Mon 24-Dec-12 06:40 AM | edited Mon 24-Dec-12 06:41 AM by Escaladieu
>I have used the D300 for the past few years and found that I >was finally getteing confident with my photography and my >camera. So I made the jump to the D800. My first full frame. I >have always read that once you go to full frame your >photography and the images will improve. But what I have found >was that I felt like I was starting photography over again. >Using my flashes is different, I have a hard time getting tack >sharp images, my depth of field seems to be very shallow even >at f11. Is depth f field different on full frame? I just find >myself grabbing my D300 when I have to shoot something >important because I can't trust that I'm going to be able to >get sharp, usable images at the same settings on both cameras. >I need clarity on what should I have expected jumping to the >full frame D800? >
What you shoud have expected is the following More dynamic range Better high ISO performance Better AF system More Resolution Reduced DOF
To get these benefits you need to learn the camera - the high resolution is intolerant of user error
I could not get sharp images either when I started with the D800 - now I can -
To get sharp images 1) check if your each of your lenses needs AF fine tune - to make a quick check use flash - Manual mode - Auto ISO off SS 1/250 sec widest aperture. Make sure there's enough ambient light for the autofocus to work properly. The images should be sharp using flash - if not you need to verify if the lens need AF fine tune - use focal or a focus chart. I had to tune ALL my lenses.
2) Once the camera is tuned for the lenses determine the min shutter speed for your current shooting technique -
Mount a 50mm prime & set the camera to manual mode with auto ISO set on, the shutter speed to 1/650 sec & aperture to say, 5.6.
Shoot the same target & decrease the shutter speed 1 stop at a time until you reach 1/50. Examine the images & find the min shooting speed that yields sharp images. You can reduce the shutter speed that gives sharp images by improving your technique.
Yesterday I tested myself & the D800 by walking the dog on a leash and shooting a load of test shots one handed. With 50mm mounted & shutter speed 1/500 - all sharp - no exception. Shooting with proper technique I can get sharp images at 1/100 (50mm) reliably. It's just a matter of being methodical.