Not too happy with my D7000 Quality... HELP!

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  1. DGFinePhoto

    DGFinePhoto TPF Noob!

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    I have had my 7k for about a year now and through that time of working with it I know I am nowhere near mastering it and the problem is probably just me. However, my images just do not come out clean and crisp. I have read many threads over this subject and I am thinking the main problem is because I use studio lighting instead of flash. Could this impact my quality as much as it does? Also, I am not using a tripod for my work... I usually shoot handheld for flexibility. Are these key factors in my quality? Here is a screenshot of a comparison I made with a C-5D Mark II and my 7k. Now I know that the nikon is not on the level of the M-II BUT please let me know how I can improve...

    Image L:
    Focal length- 90
    F/8
    Exposure time: 1/60
    Flash

    Image R:
    Focal length: 105
    F/5.6
    Exposure time: 1/15
    Studio

    Please HELP. I just want tips to make my quality as close to that of the Mark 5D - improvements in general.
    Thank you.
     

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    SCraig Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    The image on the right was shot at 105mm and 1/15 second? That shutter speed is too slow for 105mm even with VR, especially since you are not using a flash.
     
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    cgipson1 TPF Noob!

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    When you say "Studio lighting", do you mean constant lighting.. like incandescent or flourescent?

    My advice.. throw that crap away... and get some real studio lighting.. as in Flashes....

    What set of Studio Lighting do you have?
     
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    User error. Make sure you lock focus and using a decent shutter speed. If you are using slower, you risk camera shake. Especially, without flash.
     
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    WhiskeyTango No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Given the differences in shutter speed & aperture, I'm guessing the overwhelming majority of light in the first image is strobe. Despite the 1/60th shutter speed, you're getting a LOT less than 1/60th of a second of light, meaning the first shot will freeze motion a whole lot better than the 2nd.

    It'd be a lot more helpful to see a side-by-side comparison with equal shutter speed, aperture, and ISO (and preferably focal length, if you have the lenses for it.)
     
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    DGFinePhoto TPF Noob!

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    Thank you. And thank you for your kindness and not ripping me to shreds.... I have a kit I bought online from Kaezi.com and it seems to be of fair quality but I really am itching to buy a few Nikon hot-shoes... Is there another (cheaper$) brand you suggest... I have no problem spending the money for a Nikon set but if there is a way I could save some and get the quality that's always a plus!
     
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    1) you can get a lot more power output from a strobe than a constant light source. (you would need like 50 to 100 bulbs to equal even one small flash.. and then you have to deal with heat)

    2) Constant lights sources produce a lot more heat. (even Flourescents make more than strobes do)

    3) Constant light sources are really bright and hard on the eyes of a model. Imagine having to stare into a 1500w light source. You will not be a happy camper.

    You can get good quality, inexpensive studio strobes... like the Flashpoints from Adorama... and get decent shots for a change
     
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    cgipson1 TPF Noob!

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    If you would prefer speedlites.. get the Yongnuo 560's... cheap, not real powerful, but they do the job. Or the Vivitar 285's! Look at older Nikons like the SB-28...

    you can use these with wireless triggers on any camera...
     
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    gsgary Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    I love it when people blame the camera, it's all down to user error
     
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    Not at all blaming the camera. As stated in my original question "It is probably my fault" ... I am well aware and am not a "Know it all"... Thanks for your input.
     
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    Good options.
    If you want to use cls or high speed sync you will need the newer sb's or even a compatible 3r party flash.
     
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    Your biggest problem is shutter speed using 100mm you need at least 1/100
     

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