For sharp Images - should I always be stepping down?

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blueknigh7 Junior Member • Posts: 46
For sharp Images - should I always be stepping down?

So, I learned the term "stepping down" this week, and it seems that for optimal sharpness, most lenses work best somewhere between F/5 and F/8.  In researching this is especially true for "kit" lenses.

But is this necessary?  I guess I'm wondering what I'm doing wrong.  If I target an object and AF, I still find some "not sharpness" whenever I go into 100%.  Now, I usually like to shoot at the wider ends because I like shallower DOF, but I think right now I would prefer sharper images.  I guess I'm jealous on videos when people zoom in to 100 and "OMG THAT DETAIL", but that's not something I'm seeing with my setup.

I haven't fine tuned the lenses yet, but I imagine that I shouldn't be missing that much with the default setup?

Or is this all in my head?  If a pic is fine at regular viewing size (4"x5") and is never blown up - do you care?

I think I'm going to test with a tripod as everything so far has been handheld.

 blueknigh7's gear list:blueknigh7's gear list
Nikon D7500 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Nikon AF-P 18-55mm F3.5-5.6G VR Nikon AF-P 70-300mm F4.5-6.3G VR
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