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km6xz

St Petersburg, RU
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"RE: D800 and Soft images"

km6xz Moderator Awarded for his in-depth knowledge in various areas, including Portraits and Urban Photography Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2009
Mon 28-Jan-13 05:16 AM | edited Mon 28-Jan-13 05:17 AM by km6xz

Hello Brian, I hope you have figured out the problem already but if not, can you post some photos that demonstrate the problem of softness?
There is too little evidence to go by now in venture a reasonable conclusion. A photo with meta data intact would help a lot is diagnosing this problem.
It is all true that higher resolution requires higher shutter speed but that assumes viewing at larger magnification but if viewed at the same distance and size as a lower resolution image shot at the same shutter speed for both images, you should not be able to see a difference.
What brings out the differences is when viewing at the same magnification which covers a very different area of the scene between high and low resolution files. Viewing a 36mpx image on the screen with a 1 to 1, or 100% magnification is showing much finer detail than a D700 file at 1:1 so the same arch of camera movement would be showing a greater portion of the viewed area on a zoomed in as motion blurred.
To eliminate AF problems or settings from the list of possible causes, try a tripod shot using Live View and see it that is the same level of "unsharpness".
How are you post processing, the NEF RAW files are not read well for the D800 by older editing software so besure it has the updates for D800 camera profiles.
If it is a focusing issue and involves a complex scene of objects at many closely spaced focal planes, SOMWTHING should be sharpless focused even if the target is not.
One posted image would eliminate most of these possible reasons.
Once you and the D800 are seeing eye to eye, you will marvel at how good it is in almost all criteria of image forming such as AF in dim light, spot on metering, great color, AWB that really works, and almost HDR like dynamic range.
Stan
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