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Jun 18, 2017 23:22:49   #
ddub
 
I feel I am continually not getting tack sharp photos with this lens. The attached photo was taken with a tripod and wlimberly head. This was taken with a Nikon D500 and a Nikon prime 300mm lens. Shot at F4 at 1/800 sec

In my opinion it should be sharper. Any advice would be appreciated.


 
Jun 18, 2017 23:29:23   #
speters (a regular here)
 
ddub wrote:
I feel I am continually not getting tack sharp photos. The attached photo was taken with a tripod and wlimberly head. This was taken with a Nikon D500 and a Nikon prime 300mm lens. Shot at F4 at 1/800 sec

In my opinion it should be sharper

A picture would help/be nice!
Jun 18, 2017 23:42:03   #
burkphoto (a regular here)
 
ddub wrote:
I feel I am continually not getting tack sharp photos. The attached photo was taken with a tripod and wlimberly head. This was taken with a Nikon D500 and a Nikon prime 300mm lens. Shot at F4 at 1/800 sec

In my opinion it should be sharper


Check "store original" box when posting.

Raw or JPEG capture?

If JPEG, did you save a large, fine file?

If raw, did you sharpen? ALL raw images need sharpening.
Jun 19, 2017 00:20:32   #
nikonbrain (a regular here)
 
Something is at miss even the signature bottom left is blurry that has to be in post .looks like Lens blur or Gaussian blur....
Jun 19, 2017 02:01:08   #
mongoose777
 
Could potentially need to calibrate the lens to the camera body. The d500 has a great Auto Fine Tuning for lens calibration.
Jun 19, 2017 05:05:41   #
Gene51 (a regular here)
 
Do not chase your tail looking for a solution with the camera's AF Fine Tune procedure. IN the manual Nikon is clear that though you "can" tune the focus, it is not a good solution.

If you have problems with other lenses, then the body needs to be brought up to spec. If the lens works well on other bodies, but is problematic with this one, then the body still needs to be brought to spec. The calibration tools available to the techs are considerably better - deeper in scope, more granular, and they can adjust the focus for more than one distance, and in such a way that "normal" focus is not adversely affected. But it's hard to tell what's going on with the picture if you don't post the image without the "store original" box checked.

Here is a screen grab with Nikon's specific language.


(Download)
 
Jun 19, 2017 06:00:28   #
katastrofa
 
Shutter shock?
Jun 19, 2017 06:16:30   #
rafikiphoto
 
Can you upload again, please, with a download (store original checked) so we can get a better view.
Jun 19, 2017 06:18:04   #
billnikon (a regular here)
 
ddub wrote:
I feel I am continually not getting tack sharp photos with this lens. The attached photo was taken with a tripod and wlimberly head. This was taken with a Nikon D500 and a Nikon prime 300mm lens. Shot at F4 at 1/800 sec

In my opinion it should be sharper. Any advice would be appreciated.


There is nothing wrong with the lens. IMHO, the owl does not stand out, until you sharpen your technique you may continue to get diminishing returns. I use GROUP AUTO FOCUS and a large lens opening, I keep my four points of focus right in the center and on the bird. GROUP AUTO FOCUS and wildlife photography are a perfect match. You are either too far away, background too close to bird, or, your lens focused on the surroundings instead of the intended victim.
Jun 19, 2017 06:26:36   #
hrblaine
 
While I'm not a big fan of Ken Rockwell, I believe that he has a point when he says that amateur photographers worry too much about "tack sharp". Ever hear of Photoshop? Try it, you'll like it.
Jun 19, 2017 06:28:22   #
katastrofa
 
You can't fix out of focus photos in PP.
 
Jun 19, 2017 06:30:45   #
rafikiphoto
 
hrblaine wrote:
...Ken Rockwell, I believe that he has a point when he says that amateur photographers worry too much about "tack sharp".


I haven't seen his remarks. Is he suggesting that professional photographers are not concerned about sharpness?
Jun 19, 2017 06:34:18   #
rafikiphoto
 
katastrofa wrote:
You can't fix out of focus photos in PP.


Jun 19, 2017 06:35:51   #
jerryc41 (a regular here)
 
katastrofa wrote:
You can't fix out of focus photos in PP.


Remember the Kodak Brownie? Those cameras took millions of pictures, and no one ever focused a shot.
Jun 19, 2017 06:37:26   #
katastrofa
 
Didn't they have a small aperture and focus fixed at infinity?
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