Is this the best I can expect from D800?

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bobn2
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Re: Is this the best I can expect from D800?
In reply to LesGoodey, 3 months ago

LesGoodey wrote:

Hello, I have been a professional photographer since 1974 working in the Commercial, Military and Education areas. I use Phase medium format equipment in my day job and Canon 5D and 5D11 personally. I recently bought a Nikon D800 with a Tamron SP 24-70 f2.8 for myself and after hundreds of shots I have yet to find a single one that I am happy with!

I have scoured the internet looking for information on achieving sharp images and downloaded as many real world samples as I can find and I have to say I don't think those are any better.

I am talking about hand held shots inparticular and although I'm getting on a bit I don't think I shake that much.

I notice that most recommendations are for higher ISO and shutter speeds than you might otherwise have used.

Here is a full size out of the camera jpeg for your comments:

Nikon D800 Tamron SP24-70 f2.8 - 400th sec at f8 - 250 ISO

If you're used to Canon and your workflow is out-of-camera JPEG, then you need to be aware that Canon defaults apply much more sharpening and contrast than Nikon's. Go to 'set picture control' in the shooting menu -select one of the processing styles, hit > on the multi-adjuster and you get into a menu which allows you to change the defaults. Yank up the sharpening and contrast until you get something closer to the Canon results you're used to.

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