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

agitater

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agitater Gold Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his very generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 18th Jan 2007
Sat 18-May-13 09:27 PM | edited Sun 19-May-13 11:44 AM by agitater

>Howard -- As usual, you are absolutely correct: 1/2 x FL or
>FL/2.

Sorry Alan . . . I'm going to correct it again, just for the sake of clarity. Your "1/2 x FL" actually means half the focal length. "FL/2" actually means the focal length divided by two. I know what you meant though:

Shutter speed = 1/(FL x 2) which means 1 over a focal length that has been multiplied by 2. If the focal length of a shot is going to be 95mm, multiply that by 2 to get 190, then set the shutter speed as close to 1/190s as possible, which is the next higher available increment (1/200s).

My 'problem' with the D800 is that I am a handheld shooter 99% of the time. Frankly, 1/(FL x 2) doesn't work for me personally because I frequently shoot quickly and from awkward angles and unstable positions. The formula works for some other D800 shooters I know. Anyway, my almost exclusively-used lens is the Nikkor 24-120 f/4 and I shoot in what we've come to call Manual/Auto ISO. M mode, Auto ISO topped at 6400, AF-S, and I control shutter speed and aperture. But I never spin the shutter (rear command) dial below about 1/320s at any focal length.

With my D7000 and D800, Manual/Auto ISO is the new normal for me and I'm very happy with it.

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