Is this the best I can expect from D800?

Started Apr 18, 2014 | Discussions thread
David314 Veteran Member • Posts: 4,790

LesGoodey wrote:

Hello, I have been a professional photographer since 1974 working in the Commercial, Military and Education areas. I use Phase medium format equipment in my day job and Canon 5D and 5D11 personally. I recently bought a Nikon D800 with a Tamron SP 24-70 f2.8 for myself and after hundreds of shots I have yet to find a single one that I am happy with!

I have scoured the internet looking for information on achieving sharp images and downloaded as many real world samples as I can find and I have to say I don't think those are any better.

I am talking about hand held shots inparticular and although I'm getting on a bit I don't think I shake that much.

I notice that most recommendations are for higher ISO and shutter speeds than you might otherwise have used.

Here is a full size out of the camera jpeg for your comments:

Nikon D800 Tamron SP24-70 f2.8 - 400th sec at f8 - 250 ISO

i can only comment on this example - and it appears you might have edited the original?

but it is a low contrast scene which is not the best way to get sharpness

you shot at ISO250 and there is some noise reduction even at that low ISO

you shot at 1/400 with 40mm and that seems like overkill - better to lower the ISO

so my recommendation is base ISO if at all possible, no need for 1/(10x focal length)

F8 you might be running into diffraction issues - the tests i have been looking lately the lenses do better at f5.6 on the D800

i would consider testing with and without VR.  At this shutter speed it might be doing more harm than good.

a good prime would be better at least out of the center area - i always like the tests as kind of a check of what is being observed

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