Hey Peoples! I need some advice...

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  1. TheFabulousSashaBee

    TheFabulousSashaBee TPF Noob!

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    Hey there!

    I have been shooting with my Nikon D3200 for a while now and I notice that with my Wide Angle lens, my pictures never quite come out as clear as I would like. Is there a trick to ensuring my pictures are crisp? I have my ISO set at 100 and still just doesn't look great...

    Thanks in advance!


     
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    Braineack Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    examples?
     
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    Several factors are in play here, so before we can properly address your question, we will need more information.

    As you're posting an example, make sure the exif is included, and tell us everything about your camera and lens, including all attachments, your technique, and all the rest.
     
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    TheFabulousSashaBee TPF Noob!

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    The lens is a manual focus and I was thinking that I just wasn't focusing...but I don't know. Driving me crazy! Here's 2 that I have access to.... ;)
     

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    TheFabulousSashaBee TPF Noob!

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    The camera is a Nikon D3200 and the lens in question is a 14mm f/2.8
     
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    ronlane What's next? Supporting Member

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    Are you using it at f/2.8? If so the depth of field is still really shallow.
     
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    TheFabulousSashaBee TPF Noob!

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    Well shoot....if that's all it is I'm gonna kick myself!
     
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    I was using it with f/2.8. I'm going to snap some when I get a chance and see how they come out.
    Thanks!
     
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    davidharmier60 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I generally shot (not people much) at 5.6 or 8. Some of my best night stuff (AE-1) was 30 seconds at F8.

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    Both appear to be loaded with noise. Maybe you're pushing the limit of the camera's ISO capabilities. The D3200 isn't renowned for it's low-noise capacity.
     
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    Few fast prime lenses deliver their sharpest focus when set to wide open.
    Those that don't need to be 'stopped down', usually at least 2 stops - f/2.8 to f/5.6 is 2 stops.

    14 mm is so short a focal length that it distorts people facial features - like making their nose look longer than it is if the nose is in the middle of the frame.
    Many pro portrait photographs shoot people as single subjects with 105 mm to 200 mm prime lenses.
    200 mm was my favorite for portraits.

    Which 14 mm f/2.8 manual focus lens do you have?
    Is it a pre-auto focus Nikon lens?
    Or do you have a Nikon AF 14 mm f/2.8 that lacks a focus motor in the lens so the D32oo can focus the lens?
     
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    You should be able to hand hold that lens with a shutter speed at 1/25s, so no real need to shoot at high ISO unless it's really poor light. I usually try to shoot at the lowest ISO I can to accommodate adequate shutter speed. It also helps to understand the DOF distances of your glass.
     

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