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Soft Images, regardless of lens used

pdelany

Canton, US
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pdelany Gold Member Nikonian since 06th Nov 2008
Wed 04-Aug-10 01:21 AM | edited Wed 04-Aug-10 01:26 AM by pdelany

Over the past couple of weeks my D700 seems to be producing softer images than it used to. I’ve tried my Nikon 14-24 f/2.8, 24-70 f/2.8, 70-200 f/2.8 VR, 50 f/1.4, and today with a brand new 200-400 f/4 VRII (a rental, not mine unfortunately), all with the same result. I’ve reset the camera to factory default setting. I’ve cleaned the sensor, mirror, and focus screen. The result is the same whether the camera is hand held or tripod mounted (followed the steps for testing focus very carefully) I finally contacted NikonUSA and they had me upload raw, unprocessed images to their website They said they wanted their technicians to look at the files and then they would get back to me. I’ve got until Friday and then I go on vacation for two weeks in Maine on the waterfront, near Acadia (hence the 200-400 rental), primarily to shoot. I’ve read most of the threads here on soft images and none seem to have my specific problem. Has anyone encountered this problem before? Any suggestions/help that anyone can offer would be greatly appreciated. I’m losing faith that Nikon will get back to me before I leave.

Since the limit on posting files is 150kb, I've posted a 100% crop of the focus point (on the number 5) on my flickr page. The softness is only apparent at 100%. The only processing was the crop and the conversion to .tif so I could upload. This is the link: http://www.flickr.com/photos/32325251@N06/4858267073/sizes/o/in/photostream/


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