out of focus images with my D90

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  1. lance70

    lance70 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Hi, anyone know what I'm doing wrong because I keep getting out of focus images when I take pictures of these tigers. It seems fine when I take other pictures. This place is close to me so love going up there but not having any luck with the pictures.
    I tried this with the stock lens the 18-105 and then had a 18-200 I borrowed from a friend and I still get the same results. I don't know enough to try anything fancy with the camera, just trying auto mode and from reading on here I would also do several pics in aperture-priority mode and have it set on F9. Even had the camera resting on a fence in one of these pictures so I wasn't getting camera shake. I feel like selling this camera and going back to my little Canon point and shoot :grumpy:


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    They look sharp enough to me. :scratch:
     
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    really? hmm I don't know if my eyes are playing tricks on me or what, it's something about their coats that always seems to be blury to me, even if I just focus on the face it's like the hair on their face will seem out of focus. I can snap a picture of anything else around there and it will seem in focus to me, so maybe it's just how they are going to turn out, thanks. :lmao:
     
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    Well, the whole shot isn't in focus...but that's because the DOF (depth of field) isn't deep enough for the whole scene. That's not out of focus.
     
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    The 18-200 is a collection of compromises necessary to make it a 10x+ zoom. It is a jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none (including sharp focus) lens and has the worst barrel distortion ever seen at DPReview.

    Also when working with a zoom there are DOF considerations beyond aperture. In the case of the top image the focus on tigers face is about as good as one can expect from the 18-200. DOF is why the rest of the tigers body is not sharply focused even though you used f/9 to make the image.

    A tripod is always an essential tool for ensuring you get all the focus performance out of your glass.
     
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    Looks like you were shooting in aperture priority at F/9 and got around 1/160th of a second shutter speed at 200 ISO.

    Could try a larger aperture or higher ISO and see what happens.
     
  7. lance70

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    hmmm okay, that makes sense, yeah didn't think about all that, sounds like I need a different lens too, thanks for the help! This has really been bothering me.
     
  8. lance70

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    you are right on with the ISO, it was on 200, so I will try a higher ISO next time, that's something I have not done much with or read about yet, thanks.
     
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    i hope u don't mind :)

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  10. lance70

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    I don't mind at all, wow that really did sharpen it up! I like that :) thanks!
     
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    Might be wrong but I would also make sure your shooting in RAW format to get the sharpest picture.
    Also a tripod will help!
     
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    Waaaaay too much sharpening. You can't use USM to sharpen lack of DOF. And it made the head, which was already sharp look like a cartoon.
     

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