Just received the D100. Noticed right away that focus is very soft right out of the camera. Is this normal?
#1. "RE: Soft images/Focus" | In response to Reply # 0darrellyoung Registered since 21st Apr 2006Sat 07-Sep-02 02:46 PM
Assuming you have a good lens, then you may be seeing the softness caused by Nikon's insufficient sharpening in the JPEG mode of the D100. The images is not as soft as it seems, it just needs a little sharpening.
The D100 has several modes available to it. If you are shooting in JPEG mode, your images will be a bit softer than you might expect, unless you post-process the images in a photo manipulation software. Look on your LCD Control Panel and see if it says: RAW, TIFF, FINE, NORM, or BASIC.
If you are shooting in BASIC or NORM modes, then your images will be a little soft due to JPEG compression losses. If you are shooting in FINE mode, they are still a bit soft, but can easily be sharpened in Photoshop.
If you are shooting in RAW mode, and are seeing softness, then I suspect that you have a lens that is not doing well with your camera. What lens are you using? And, what mode are you shooting in?
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#2. "RE: Soft images/Focus" | In response to Reply # 1kakapo Registered since 07th Sep 2002Sat 07-Sep-02 04:08 PM
I get the soft images in all formats. notice when I hookup camera to a TV Monitor the images are alot sharper. The lens I been using are the following. All are Nikkor AF.
50mm 1:1.4 D
24-129mm 1:3.5-5.6 D
80-200mm 1:2.8 D
Tone and sharpness are both to the auto. could this be part of the problem?
#3. "RE: Soft images/Focus" | In response to Reply # 2AlanC Basic MemberSat 07-Sep-02 04:41 PM
If you shoot in any mode other than RAW then the camera sharpens the image for you. You can change the amount of sharpening that gets applied using the Image Sharpening option on the Shooting menu. The issue you've run into is that normal sharpening (the default Auto setting switches between normal and low) isn't really sharp enough, while you may find the high setting a bit too extreme.
If you use RAW mode and open the file in Photoshop via the NEF plug-in then it will have no sharpening applied at all and, consequently, will look soft - but that's easily fixed.
If you try the Nikon Capture 3 demo then the image will be sharpened according to the camera setting. Interestingly, the normal sharpening applied by NC3 is noticably greater than by the camera's normal setting. A better option is to override the camera setting on the "Advanced RAW" dialog and set it to none, then use NC3's unsharp mask which is more controllable and produces a better result.