+ Reply to Thread
Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast
Results 11 to 20 of 23
  1. #11
    Senior Member

    Re: Nikon D500 lacks sharpness

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnD500 View Post
    https://photos.app.goo.gl/ztyxTEsnwzzphS1e6

    Attached image of bird in the sky Exif data f5.6, 1/8000, 400mm, iso 640Aperture priority mode Shot using Nikon AF VR 80-400mm 4.5-5.6D (older version) .

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/MCe29UzpoNUqiaLD8

    this one, bird on the tree with same lens f5.6, 1/3200, 400mm, ISO 800 Aperture priority mode.

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/tpdypaScbwaCnUn96

    this one same lens Programed auto mode f 7.1, 1/50, 400mm, ISO 200.
    Give suggestions.
    First things first, you're shooting with a wide-ranging zoom wide open in the first two shots. That type of lens will always be the softest at the long end wide open, so that's definitely contributing to it.

    Next we need to know what focus mode you are using? I know you have AF-C but how many points and are you moving the point? AF-C is generally set to release priority instead of focus priority so perhaps you're not locking in, or your focus point is moving after you start. Not for nothing but the framing of the images isn't the best so if the bird is starting in the center of the viewfinder then your technique needs to tighten up so that you keep the focus point on the bird.

    Third, are you shooting Raw? If so, what are your sharpening settings in Camera Raw or elsewhere? JPEGs are sharpened in camera, Raw files you're on your own.

    Finally, have you tried focus calibrating the lens at the long end? The resolution on these is really low so it's hard to pixel peep to see if any other part of the bird in tree images is sharp but I suspect that you've got front/rear focus going on. Not unusual, but when you're shooting close to wide open then if it's off you're far more likely to experience out of focus images.

    If you can upload the original to dropbox or somewhere that we can pull it down we can better deduce the last part.


    › See More: Nikon D500 lacks sharpness
    Thanks/Like Roscoe Primrose, FredKingston Thanks/liked this post
    Best Answers FredKingston, hark voted best answer for this post
     
    Jake
    (formerly backdoorhippie)



  2. #12
    Senior Member
    Hobbit's Avatar

    Re: Nikon D500 lacks sharpness

    hi JohnD500 welcome , ive just stepped up to the D500 from the d5300 as i was getting focusing issues with the d5300 and my 150-600c, now with my D500 im finding that its very lens critical, my 70-300 despite being great on the d5300 isn't quite as good on the d500 yet the 150-600 is just brilliant.
    Sanity in an Insane world is Insane

  3. #13
    Senior Member
    STM's Avatar

    Re: Nikon D500 lacks sharpness

    Any new camera takes a little getting used to. Granted, with my D500 if sharpness is an issue, the problem is with me and not the camera or lens, as all of my lenses are MF AIS Nikkors. Give it some time. I have had superlative results with the D500. I took this yesterday of a Glossy Ibis with the D500 and 400mm f/2.8 ED-IF AIS Nikkor. The RAW file is sharp as a razor. Image sampling and downsizing the image on Nikonites has dulled the sharpness a little bit.

    Nikon D500 lacks sharpness-stm_1581-sharpen-sharpen-denoise.jpg
    Last edited by STM; 07-23-2020 at 08:50 PM.
    Thanks/Like hark, Roscoe Primrose Thanks/liked this post
     
    FTn, F2A, FT2, F4E, D850, D500, D750

    8-15mm f/3.5-4.5 AFS, 15mm f/3.5 AIS, 16mm f/2.8 AIS, 18mm f/3.5 AIS, 24mm f/2.8 AIS, 24mm f/2 AIS, 25-50mm f/4 AIS, 28mm f/2.8 AIS, 35mm f/1.4 AIS, 35-70mm /3.5 AIS, 50mm f/1.8 AIS, 50mm f/1.4 AIS, 50-135mm f/3.5 AIS, 55mm f/2.8 AIS Micro, 85mm f/1.4 AIS ,135mm f/2 AIS, 80-200 f/4 AIS, 105mm f/1.8 AIS, 105mm 2.8 AIS Micro, 180mm f/2.8 AIS, 200mm f/2 AIS, 200mm f/4 Micro AIS, 300mm f/2.8 AIS, 400mm f/2.8 ED IF AIS, 500mm f/8 Reflex, 600mm f/4 ED-IF AIS

  4. #14
    Senior Member
    Whiskeyman's Avatar

    Re: Nikon D500 lacks sharpness

    Nikon D500 lacks sharpness
    Quote Originally Posted by BackdoorArts View Post
    Cameras are not magic, they are tools that you need to learn in order to get the most out of them. The fact that you've had 3 different DX bodied Nikons before tells me that you know something about taking pictures, but what I/we don't know is what you're trying to photograph, with what lens(es), under what conditions, etc. I will tell you this, about 85% of what I shoot are things with feathers, and for that Aperture priority is not your friend. What we also don't know is what you understand about how Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO work together to make an exposure, or whether you know about the inverse relationship between shutter speed and focal length. You seem to have been using your consumer-grade bodies in modes designed to compensate for user knowledge and that's perfectly acceptable. But the D500, while not labeled as such, is really the last pro DX DSLR body I suspect Nikon will make.

    All that said, as a man with two D500's and a combined 115K clicks of the shutter, it's not the camera that's keeping you shots from being sharp, it's operator error. We just need to get to the bottom of that, because sometimes you need to shoot high ISO to get the shutter speed you need.

    Attachment 342149

    Post some pics (make sure they're no bigger than 1000px on the long side so we can see EXIF, or share that separately) so we see what you're seeing.
    Ok! I'm done. I quit. This shot just slaps me in the face with my own photography faults and inadequacies. Just kidding about quitting; I need to use this shot as an inspiration to get better!

    Great shot! Could you give a short narrative about how you captured it? Wait, that could be a new thread: "The story behind the shot."

    WM
    Last edited by Whiskeyman; 07-24-2020 at 09:26 PM.
    ďIf you want to be a better photographer, stand in front of more interesting stuff.Ē - Jim Richardson

  5. #15
    Senior Member

    Re: Nikon D500 lacks sharpness

    Quote Originally Posted by Whiskeyman View Post
    Ok! I'm done. I quit. This shot just slaps me in the face with my own photography faults and inadequacies. Just kidding about quitting; I need to use this shot as an inspiration to get better!

    Great shot! Could you give a short narrative about how you captured it? Wait, that could be a new thread: "The story behind the shot."

    WM
    Thanks, Whiskeyman. Careful what you wish for, you may be disappointed. How did I capture this?

    1. I sat in my chair on the deck and made sure I had my cigar, bourbon, and camera ready.

    2. I saw the hummingbird moth come to the petunia pots we have along the deck for them, butterflies, and hummingbirds, so I put the cigar down and picked the camera up.

    3. I moved the chair back 6 inches because the 500mm lens wouldn't focus close enough (I was looking for birds).

    4. I ramped up the shutter speed and just waited for the moth to move into spots I could see it and unleashed 10 fps on it.

    I probably fired off 200 shots between it and a butterfly and got easily have 5 others as good as this and another 10 that I would have been thrilled with at other times. I've stopped using zooms for wildlife unless I have no choice in the situation. When I can handhold a 500mm pf while relaxing on a deck and get results like this why would I?

    This has been run through my 3 step post-processing routine of Topaz Denoise AI, Camera Raw, and Topaz Adjust AI. Each stage adds a touch of clarity with Adjust really defining the details you see here...

    Out Of Camera: (Take note, this is at ISO 4000 with no Noise Reduction applied. Cannot complain about that.)
    Nikon D500 lacks sharpness-hm-01-outofcamera.jpg

    Topaz DeNoise AI:
    Nikon D500 lacks sharpness-hm-02-denoise.jpg

    Camera Raw:
    Nikon D500 lacks sharpness-hm-03-acr.jpg

    Topaz Adjust AI:
    Nikon D500 lacks sharpness-hm-04-adjust.jpg


    Adjust AI has all the components of the Camera Raw Basic section, but its power is in the more defined Texture and Clarity sections that go beyond the two sliders that ACR have. I only use those sections and the Sharpen slider. You have to be very judicious in using them and they take some getting used to, but I have gotten so many more comments like yours since adopting this workflow than I did prior when I'd usually overprocess trying to achieve the same effect.
    Last edited by BackdoorArts; 07-25-2020 at 03:22 PM.
    Thanks/Like hark, Whiskeyman, ryan20fun Thanks/liked this post
    Best Answers Marcel voted best answer for this post
     
    Jake
    (formerly backdoorhippie)

  6. #16
    Senior Member

    Re: Nikon D500 lacks sharpness

    Oops, sorry Wayne, didn't realize you started a thread.
    Jake
    (formerly backdoorhippie)

  7. #17
    Senior Member
    Needa's Avatar

    Re: Nikon D500 lacks sharpness

    Nikon D500 lacks sharpness
    Quote Originally Posted by BackdoorArts View Post
    Thanks, Whiskeyman. Careful what you wish for, you may be disappointed. How did I capture this?

    1. I sat in my chair on the deck and made sure I had my cigar, bourbon, and camera ready.

    2. I saw the hummingbird moth come to the petunia pots we have along the deck for them, butterflies, and hummingbirds, so I put the cigar down and picked the camera up.

    3. I moved the chair back 6 inches because the 500mm lens wouldn't focus close enough (I was looking for birds).

    4. I ramped up the shutter speed and just waited for the moth to move into spots I could see it and unleashed 10 fps on it.

    I probably fired off 200 shots between it and a butterfly and got easily have 5 others as good as this and another 10 that I would have been thrilled with at other times. I've stopped using zooms for wildlife unless I have no choice in the situation. When I can handhold a 500mm pf while relaxing on a deck and get results like this why would I?

    This has been run through my 3 step post-processing routine of Topaz Denoise AI, Camera Raw, and Topaz Adjust AI. Each stage adds a touch of clarity with Adjust really defining the details you see here...

    Out Of Camera:
    Nikon D500 lacks sharpness-hm-01-outofcamera.jpg

    Topaz DeNoise AI:
    Nikon D500 lacks sharpness-hm-02-denoise.jpg

    Camera Raw:
    Nikon D500 lacks sharpness-hm-03-acr.jpg

    Topaz Adjust AI:
    Nikon D500 lacks sharpness-hm-04-adjust.jpg


    Adjust AI has all the components of the Camera Raw Basic section, but its power is in the more defined Texture and Clarity sections that go beyond the two sliders that ACR have. I only use those sections and the Sharpen slider. You have to be very judicious in using them and they take some getting used to, but I have gotten so many more comments like yours since adopting this workflow than I did prior when I'd usually overprocess trying to achieve the same effect.

    As my shots are often not as sharp as I would like and I can see prep is important could you give some advice on chair and bourbon. Thanks.

  8. #18
    Senior Member

    Re: Nikon D500 lacks sharpness

    Quote Originally Posted by Needa View Post
    As my shots are often not as sharp as I would like and I can see prep is important could you give some advice on chair and bourbon. Thanks.
    Chairs are Allen & Roth from Lowes w rust colored cushions. This was during the week so the bourbon was likely Evan Williams. On the weekend it could be a variety of things though lately it's been Heaven's Door Tennessee Bourbon.
    Thanks/Like Needa, Roy1961, Whiskeyman Thanks/liked this post
     
    Jake
    (formerly backdoorhippie)

  9. #19
    Staff
    Super Mod
    Marilynne's Avatar

    Re: Nikon D500 lacks sharpness

    Quote Originally Posted by Needa View Post
    As my shots are often not as sharp as I would like and I can see prep is important could you give some advice on chair and bourbon. Thanks.

    Did you forget to ask about the cigar?
    Thanks/Like Whiskeyman Thanks/liked this post
     

  10. #20
    Senior Member
    Needa's Avatar

    Re: Nikon D500 lacks sharpness

    Quote Originally Posted by Marilynne View Post

    Did you forget to ask about the cigar?
    No, not all techniques are applicable to all photographers.
    Thanks/Like Marilynne Thanks/liked this post
     





Quick Reply Quick Reply

If you are already a member, please login above before posting.

Posting Permissions

  • You may post new threads
  • You may post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •