Tue 23-Nov-10 03:24 PM | edited Tue 14-Jun-11 02:42 AM by jrp
Here are two shots taken today with the D7000 and 24-70. Right out of the camera - no sharpening, just upped exposure +.5 and slight crop. Any problems I have reported elsewhere about sharpness/softness now apply only to my 70-300, which is at the service center at this moment.
>>No offense taken. >>ISO 200 - well, that;s about as good as it gets (or that I >can >>get it!) >>In camera sharpening is off... >> >>D. >> > > >I look first at the eyes...even with birds. If that's where >the intended focus was, on my monitor, these are spot on.
You need to remember that Nikon purposely produces cameras that allow the user to determine the amount of sharpening to be applied. These shots have zero sharpening (in camera or otherwise applied). Even with no sharpening you can see good definition in the fine details and that everything is in focus.
I downloaded both photos and ran them through basic output sharpening and they sharpen beautifully. The eyes are tack sharp and the fine edge definition is great. To post them I would have to make them much smaller than the originals so comparison would not be possible, but it is easy enough for anyone to replicate, I used default settings in Nik's Sharpener for Output.
It strikes me having read a few threads here lately that every time Nikon releases a new camera people forget that Nikon cameras behave this way (or didn't know because they didn't own one previously). There were threads claiming softness for the D90, 300, 300s, 700 (and I am sure others but I only read threads for cameras I can afford!)
p.s. BTW great shots, love that Sigma 50, it lives on my camera.