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Lack of sharpness in LL pictures

Nikon32250

St. Augustine, US
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Nikon32250 Silver Member Nikonian since 16th Mar 2004
Sun 30-Jun-13 01:46 AM | edited Sun 30-Jun-13 02:08 AM by Nikon32250

I am trying to figure out why my images are not as sharp as other sports images posted here. As you can see in this image it is not tack sharp. Here were my settings:


  • Nikon D300
  • Lens: Nikon 70-200 VR1
  • Aperture f/4
  • Shutter 1/2500
  • ISO 400
  • Focal Length 195mm
  • AFC
  • Center focus point
  • A1-Release & Focus
  • Dynamic AF area: 9 points
  • Focus tracking: Normal
  • AF activation: Shutter/AF-ON
  • AF Point selection: 11 points
  • Monopod used
  • VR off
  • Focus limiter-partial


I have read that for sports I should use the rear AF-On button, and that it is better to set A1 to release so that the shutter will fire even if not in focus. The latter just seems counter-intuitive to me. Unless the subject is in focus I probably don't want to keep the shot.

I am trying to build up a small photography business, and parents are really looking for a tack sharp image.


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Graham
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