16-85 lacks sharpness

Started Sep 16, 2008 | Discussions thread
SteveM7i Senior Member • Posts: 2,222
If you're serious about testing your lens...

1. Shoot in raw mode
2. Use 100 ISO
3. Use a tripod and turn VR off
4. Use manual focus (this is essential if your aim is to test sharpness)

5. Shoot studio-type shots with a flash or other controlled lighting (e.g., still life/static subjects) in addition to outdoor daylight scenes

6. Test a range of apertures from wide open to the the smallest judged as being generally useful for this lens (e.g., see http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/1177/cat/13 )

IMO, the sample images you've linked to can't be used to judge the quality of your lens.

Good luck.

Steve

David Mitchell wrote:

I've had the 16-85 VR for a few months now and whilst initially
impressed, I am now increasingly finding that most pictures taken
with it seem to lack real sharpness. Since I'm still pretty new at
this, I'd welcome some more opinions on the subject - is there an
issue or am I simply being too fussy.

All photos were taken with a D40x & 16-85 and have had no PP. The
colours are a bit off because i forgot to set the white balance
correctly.

http://gallery.me.com/david.mitchell

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