"Depth of field is insufficient"

Started Dec 17, 2011 | Discussions thread
Rick Knepper
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Re: "Depth of field is insufficient"

Moonwalker wrote:

I have always been amazed at how thin the plane of excellent sharpness turns out to be with the D3X. As you move around the image, you can discover excellent sharpness at the plane of focus and an increasing degree of blur in front / behind it, even at f/11. You get the feeling there is no such thing as "depth of field". This has always been the case as your article from the film times shows, but 90% of all people have never discovered it (see below). With 36MP, it will get even more obvious if you use a tripod and good technique.

I also like this extract from the pdf:

"This [the definition of depth of field] is still absolutely okay as far as the large majority of photo amateurs is concerned, that take their photos without tripods and have them printed no larger than 4 x 6. Be aware that these amateurs represent 90% of all picture takers, ..."

This forum in general seems to have a perverse need to seek superiority over photographers they deem as amateurs (and will seize every opportunity to bash this vast majority of shooters known as amateurs) but in my experience, advanced amateurs are at the cutting edge. Many p;rofessionals are too conservative or too set in their ways and change very slowly. Not saying you are one of these with the complex but not sure either why you are mentioning this section of the article. The article is saying that the scales are okay for amateurs shooting handheld and blah blah blah (of course this holds true too for professionals shooting handheld and blah blah blah and selling 4x6s). It seems the artcile is suggesting that folks who should know better or require higher standards (professionals?) are the types sending their lenses back in in 1997. Better re-read the article.


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