Unsharp photos.. Just got my first film developed

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  1. nnnbne

    nnnbne TPF Noob!

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    Hey guys. I'm new to film photography and I know I need to read and educate myself on the topic. Before I do that I'm hoping to get some input on what I did wrong. The photos look really unsharp and the quality is extremely poor. Can someone guess what my problem is?

    Fujifilm C200 / Canon EOS 300

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    Thanks in advance.


     
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    In the first one, the leaf photograph, it actually is very sharp on the lower left edge. Everything else is out of focus (OOF) due to the shallow depth of field (DOF). Sometimes you want a shallow DOF, and sometimes you don't. In the leaf photo, your camera and lens focused on the near edge of the leaf, and the aperture was fairly wide, so you ended up with a shallow DOF. Probably nothing wrong with your camera.
     
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    Without any more info other than the camera & film used (aperture, shutter speed etc). and not having access to the original film, we're all just going to be guessing here.

    Other culprits might be: Misaligned element in lens. Misaligned focus screen. Poor scanning.
     
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    That what they look like to me.
     
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    Thanks for the input. I know the scans are quite bad, but even when I look at the photos irl they look off and unsharp, as if I zoomed from far away.

    Unfortunately, I don't recall the exact settings, aperture was probably f/8.
     
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    480sparky Chief Free Electron Relocator Supporting Member

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    That's why you carry a notepad and pencil. To record your settings.

    Or at least a smartphone app.
     
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    That's what I'm seeing -- really bad scans.

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    Will do next time. Thanks.


    Here's another photo that looks better imo. But when you look closely, the edges are really pixelated: https://images2.imgbox.com/0f/46/AWbpEHaK_o.jpeg
     
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    They look to be massively over-sharpened to me. I always scan with no sharpening and do any sharpening needed myself afterwards - but you cannot sharpen an out of focus photograph.
     
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    Is your lens completely on? I remember shooting a roll once with the lens on but not actually snapped in place...everything came out slightly dark and out of focus.
     
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    Those are exceptionally low-resolution scans. Absolutely _dreadful_ quality. Really,really,realllly poor scans.
     
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    Ok, it turns out that it is indeed a scanner issue. I had never used it before and I didn't know it was that bad.. I've just tried a different scanner and the results are much, much better. Thanks for all the help anyway.
     

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