Thu 23-Jan-14 12:10 AM | edited Thu 23-Jan-14 12:11 AM by GLOCKE12
This photo was taken with my D800E and 24-70 lens at f8 and a shutter speed of 1/500
i was going through some recent photos and noticed that in many the right side of the image is much softer than the left side. This is fairly obvious when looking at the tree tops at the left and right upper and the brush at the left and right lower.
First thought is - was camera mounted on tripod? Were any filters in use?
A number of posts re: D800/E have talked about importance of hand holding technique. I'm not saying that's the problem but it is one of the first places to look if you didn't have any UV or clear filters attached and if the camera wasn't tripod mounted.
At 1/500 s hand holding should not be a problem. If this softness only occurs with your 24-70, there might be a problem with the lens. If this happens also with other lenses, the problem is with the camera.
Thu 23-Jan-14 03:50 AM | edited Thu 23-Jan-14 03:51 AM by icslowmo
Looking at the original size file on flicker, looks to either be a lens issue or if you had a filter attached, it could have a bad spot as the image only seems to be soft from about half way up the right side and up. The ground seems sharp in the right side bottom corner area still. One other thing that came to mind was to check to see if maybe there was/is a finger print on the front/rear elements of the lens and/or filter if used.
Thu 23-Jan-14 08:59 AM | edited Thu 23-Jan-14 08:59 AM by GLOCKE12
No filters were used, and the lens is clean...also while this shot was not taken using a tripod, other shots i took that day did use a tripod and exhibited the same right side softness.
A couple of weeks ago this camera and lens combination did take a tumble out of my bag ..posted about it here (thought the bag was zipped, didn't bother to double check). It fell about 2 feet onto dirt/gravel, hitting back or bottom of camera first not lens first. I did some testing right away and it seemed fine but now it seems like something may have been bumped out of alignment ? Here are a couple of photos from before that happened. Let me know what you guys think. I know this is not the optimal way of doing things, but unfortunately I only have a handful of "pre-tumble" photos.
Greg - I think Brian is on to something here, concerning the camera previously falling. Sometime ago, I had to have a lens mount replaced. The camera had not been dropped -- may an unremembered bumping? I don't think a camera shop can check this out. I am not even sure authorized repair firms can work on the D800/800E yet. But I'd call APS in Morton Grove, IL to ask first. They are usually faster than Nikon and certainly communicate a WHOLE lot better.
You can call them at: (847)966-4091. If you google APS Morton grove, IL, you'll see an A+ BBB rating and a lot of good comments. They are Nikon Authorized repair people, trained and equipped by Nikon. I use them exclusively and if they are equipped for the D800E -- that's where I'd go.
thanks for the tip...I did not realize these guys were a former "official" Nikon warranty repair center...camera and lens are both getting shipped out Monday...
>Greg - I think Brian is on to something here, concerning the >camera previously falling. Sometime ago, I had to have a lens >mount replaced. The camera had not been dropped -- may an >unremembered bumping? I don't think a camera shop can check >this out. I am not even sure authorized repair firms can work >on the D800/800E yet. But I'd call APS in Morton Grove, IL to >ask first. They are usually faster than Nikon and certainly >communicate a WHOLE lot better. > >You can call them at: (847)966-4091. If you google APS Morton >grove, IL, you'll see an A+ BBB rating and a lot of good >comments. They are Nikon Authorized repair people, trained >and equipped by Nikon. I use them exclusively and if they are >equipped for the D800E -- that's where I'd go. > > >
>Is it just me or are the tree tops on the right a bit further >away than the tree tops on the left.
Yeah..I didn't catch that at first, but you are correct. The treetops on the left are from trees closer to the shoreline than the trees on the right..I'll probably download some test targets this weekend and try to do some testing that is more accurate...
In any case I will still probably send the body and lens to APS to get checked out. I tend to obsess over things like this and getting an "A-OK" from them will at least give me peace of mind.
Interesting. Looking at the snow drift patterns on the ice in the foreground, clearly the prevailing winds have come from the right and blow toward the left, as the ice is clear in the lower right foreground. I think the softness of the bare tree crowns in the upper right could be due to a wind gust blowing at the moment of exposure. 1/500 sec shutter speed is way too slow to stop wind effects on tree branches with or without leaves. But I agree with others on this thread, and would definitely take the time to chart this lens at f/8 to see if there is a problem. Good luck.
I had a similar situation with images that made it seems as if one side of the sensor of one of my D800e's was less sharply focused than the other. A factory inspection revealed that the lens bayonet mount was slightly out of alignment and Nikon actually replaced the whole unit under warranty. Camera was never dropped.