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

cfujii

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

cfujii Registered since 10th Jun 2007
Mon 20-May-13 03:43 AM | edited Mon 20-May-13 04:41 AM by cfujii

A problem with cranking up the ISO is that dynamic range will suffer. At ISO100, the D800 has a dynamic range of EV14. Better than any other camera on the market however, past ISO400 the dynamic range diminishes to where the D3/D4 will outperform the D800 in this area.

To get the maximum IQ in a photograph, shoot at ISO100 and f/4.5-8. Of course, dynamic range is just one consideration. When I was in college in 1965, I was an engineering major and a fine arts minor. I was taught how to shoot hand held photographs with a Graflex Crown Graphic 4x5 camera with Plus X Pan Professional loaded. I had a Nikon Photomic F at the time but the instructor would not let me use it. He said that I needed to learn how a camera works and also how to take photographs with impact.

I think a lot of the issues with sharpness can be mitigated just by holding the camera correctly. The OP stated that he had a 24-120 lens. That lens is plenty sharp and works well with the D800.

Don't forget to download the Nikon D800 Technical Guide. Lots of good tips in there.

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