D5100 Images only clear and sharp using live view

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D5100 Images only clear and sharp using live view
2 months ago

Hi everyone,

I'm hoping someone has experienced this and found the problem which causes this as well.

I've had my D5100 for about 2 years now, probably over 10,000 pictures taken. It took beautiful pictures all up until about a few months ago where I was getting a lot of noise even at high ISO. I generally shoot in Aperture priority since most of shots are of my baby daughter but I can sometimes get a professional looking photo in this mode. Anyway, lately the pics have either been noisy or just plain out of focus. I don't shoot in dusty conditions but I did see some dust inside. I have a Nikon pen to keep the lenses clean and actually was successful using it on the internal mirror to remove a smudge. I was getting razor sharp images and was ecstatic and thought it was all good. Now after some time, the camera will only focus properly in live view mode. If I am shooting normally through the viewfinder I choose where I want to focus and take the pic. Checking the shot on the camera, there is no spot on the LCD where the picture is in focus. If I take the pic in live view, I can get eyeballs dead on balls sharp. The lenses I am using are the Tamron 18-270 and Nikon 35mm 1.8 both of which produced excellent pictures up until the problems started. Any suggestions on what the problem might be would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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