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How do I get sharper, in-focus pictures? Want to learn!

jamesvoortman

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"RE: How do I get sharper, in-focus pictures? Want to learn!"

jamesvoortman Silver Member Nikonian since 06th Sep 2004
Tue 14-May-13 12:13 AM | edited Tue 14-May-13 12:18 AM by jamesvoortman

It would be nice to see some samples with shooting data intact. This will help us to jusge if the issue is due to camera motion or inaccurate focus or selection of inappropriate AF settings.

Some stuff you can check in the interim:

A)the high resolution of D800 means that extra precautions are needed to prevent motion blur so :
1) read Nikon's Support articles on the D800 on their website
2) use proper bracing techniques when shooting.
3) use higher shutter speed than before..... 1/(2 x focal length) is recommended for handholding.
4) use VR when handholding
5) Few cameras are better than the D800 at high ISO so don't be scared to use higher ISO than 800 to keep your shutter speeds up.

B) If you are coming from a previous history of shooting DX cameras then :
1) Depth of field is relatively less on FX, compared to same lens at same aperture setting on DX. You might need to use smaller apertures than before to get more of your subject in focus
2) FX has a bigger heavier SLR mirror - I can feel it when shooting D800 - so use mirror-delay when shooting on tripod and use VR/bracing/high shutter speed when handholding

C) Live View can be used to check the normal optical AF system. On tripod, take a normal pic using AF, then activate live view, zoom in on LV and focus manually on the same subject and take a pic. Compare the 2 pics. If there is a notable difference them then AF fine tuning may be needed or your AF system may be faulty

D)Finally, cleanliness :
1) Is your camera sensor, viewfinder and lens clean?
2) are you using any filters? if so take a few pics with and without the filter to check. Filters can cause some serious image degradation even when they are clean.

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