Nikon 50mm 1.4G limitations?

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I have discovered that my 50mm 1.4G lens is not Sharp as I would want it to be or expected when shooting wide open (e.g 1.4, 1.8, 2, 2.8).

I really haven't tested it at higher than f/8, but I have also noticed that it's still NOT as sharp as I want.

My settings are: Manual mode, 200 ISO, 125 SP, f/ 1.4, 1.8, 2, 2.8 even 5.6.

And still not as sharp. When I view my photos in the Nikon ViewNXsoftware zoom in at 50-80% they are very pixelated...shouldn't they be sharp?

So I'm thinking is it the lens softness or could it be me/lens/camera? I have read that this lens is really nice, but not as sharp, read it on a blog so not sure how I can confirm this.

Any suggestions, relating experiences, help?

Shooting with Nikon D90.

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Zoe

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Do you have any other lens to compare it with?
 

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I dident read everyone's post but if it has not already been said...

It looks like the point of focus is not on the flower itself at all, parts of the stem seem to be more in focus than others. Make sure your focusing with a single point and that the point is on your subject, it seems as though the camera was focusing elsewhere, doesnt really look like motion blur/shakeyness
 

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autofocus is designed to be on average good focus

take someones picture, good autofocus recognizes a face, and focuses on that

but where should you focus on a flower? especially looking at it in profile

thats indeed part of the problem -- youve confused your autofocus

only way to fix is manual focus
 

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