Random subject on street, is this sharp enough?

Started Feb 25, 2014 | Discussions thread
sean lancaster
sean lancaster Veteran Member • Posts: 7,259
Re: Random subject on street, is this sharp enough?

325East wrote:

It could have been sharper if you'd shot it at 1/125 or 1/250. The rule that an exposure of a reciprocal of the focal length is too sketchy to depend on. The common rule of thumb that you can shoot a 50mm lens at 1/60 means that the results most of the time will look sufficiently sharp when enlarged around 8 X and the resulting print looked at at arm's length but it will not necessarily be critically sharpness. Your lens will become razor sharp if you shoot it hand held no slower than 1/125.

This is why learning to shoot in M mode is so important. You can place the shutter speed at 1/125 and ISO at Auto. You then only have to think about the aperture for each shot to try and get the best exposure (and ideally you are getting closer to ISO 100 in very good light). The 1/60 clearly had an impact on this shot when pixel peeping. Then again, the shot isn't unsharp enough to be a problem, and that's what really matters. The Zeiss 55 is much sharper than this shot displays, though.

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