MLU and Exposure Delay w/VRI 70-200 on D2X Question

Started Nov 24, 2011 | Discussions thread
bob elkind Veteran Member • Posts: 5,815
Re: MLU and Exposure Delay w/VRI 70-200 on D2X Question

OK, I'll bite...

olindacat wrote:

This is a 100% crop of a shot I took yesterday using the D2X on a heavy tripod, with mirror lock-up and exposure delay. I wasn't zooming. This is at 70mm. The flag is 250 yards away. I shot this at f/7.1 @ 1/600. I bumped up the ISO to 200 just 'in case'.
I have not sharpened this in PS

EXIF data is missing. Did you shoot RAW or JPEG?

If RAW, the image very much needs to be sharpened in PS -- and you already know this if you've been hanging around the DPReview Nikon forums as long as you have have been a user/member. It's a Nikon RAW FAQ subject.

If JPEG, sharpening is done in-camera, per your in-camera settings. Have you checked your settings?

If you are wondering about image sharpness, these are the first items to check.

I just lightened it up when I opened it in ACR. I shot this in numerous ways, ISO 100, stopped down more, etc. Little diff.

Is this the best I can get from this camera and lens? Is there anything else I can do to get the image sharper?

You need to provide more information if you want a useful response. Here's a starter list:

  • Provide a RAW file to see if your results can be duplicated.

  • Focus mode, focus target

  • How is sharpness when shooting in controlled test setup (tripod, indoors, focus target, etc.)?

  • Are results different when shooting with another lens?

  • Are results different when shooting with a borrowed camera?

  • Are results different when someone else performs PP?

  • Are results different when someone else shoots with your rig?

  • Does 'softness' follow the lens, the camera body, or the photographer?

Does this make sense?
Bob Elkind

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