Nikon D3200 Focusing issues
I bought a Nikon D3200 + 18-55 mm VR II a couple of days ago and I have big troubles getting the camera to focus properly. Since it's my first time using a DSLR, it's almost unthinkable to blame the camera. But I've tried pretty much every possible method of focusing and I still am not able to get a satisfactory focus for most of my photographs.
After some googling, I noticed that some other people have some troubles with the D3200's focusing as well. I don't have a tripod (or a printer), so I can't really try out the conventional focus test. So in lieu of that method, I took a picture of a phone book with an SD cardboard package. I focused it on the middle of that cardboard.
At this point, I'm still assuming it is all my own fault and I still have to learn how to focus properly. However, I'm not quite sure how to achieve that, since I feel I've done most of the focus tips and tricks I have found on the internet.
Almost all of my images turn out soft or blatantly out of focus. I get the least blurry results with an AF-S single point spot metering setting.
How can I improve my focus? Am I screwing up the aperture? Shutter speed? Do I shake like a drug addict when I take photos? Is it perhaps a problem with the camera? Some of the photos are decently focused. Does that mean I can rule out that it's a problem with the camera?
|IMG_8168ABCD by citori525|
|McKinley meadow by TimR32225|
from Natural meadows
|_DSC2146 by jerste|
from Helios-44 II
|Leopoldsteinersee by RaCor|
from Landscape - Colour #3