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Dec 10, 2017 08:23 |  #1

So, I posted under a different category about the 85mm 1.8 I just got. I've been trying to microadjust it. I think I might have got that figured out, but honestly, it's still giving me inconsistent test results. Anyway, what is acceptable for full body sharpness? These were underexposed and just quick test shots I did yesterday of my daughter. She was freezing and I was panicked and rushed. We were out for like 2 minutes :-( I'm still not happy with them. They're complete crap. I got better pics with my 28-135 :-( 100% crops if I did that right and slight exposure adjusting and some noise removal. I think if I mess with them any more they'll get more pixely.


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Dec 10, 2017 08:35 |  #2

Where was the focus point.
Camera tend to use closest point af in auto mode?

Like your subject btw.

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Dec 10, 2017 08:49 as a reply to  @ fordmondeo's post |  #3

Something is definitely going on, I have this lens and love it. If these were at f/1.8 I might think is was just "missed" focus but @ f/5 it should be sharper.




  
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Dec 10, 2017 09:38 |  #4

Definitely soft particularly for f5. No wonder she's freezing, put a coat on the poor kid!


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Dec 10, 2017 10:13 |  #5

Just gonna ask. how far away from the subject were you?


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Dec 10, 2017 14:15 |  #6

I really don't remember how close I was to her. Maybe I was too close, could that be the problem? It was center focus point, I always choose the focus point and not the camera. I always focus on the eye. Maybe I focused and then moved? Here's the full thing for the one. I told her to give me an Elsa angry face, that didn't work so well :-) These were just to try the lens out, but I was hoping for better. I wish I could figure out what I'm doing wrong. Everyone says it's a great lens so it has to be me.


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Dec 10, 2017 14:53 |  #7

Are you shooting at the distance of the last image and cropping them to the size of the first two images? If so, that's the reason for the softness. These are 300%+ crops and rarely will any image be sharp at that magnification. Move closer to your subject if you only want a head and shoulder shot and you'll get much better results. I also suggest that you get to the same approximate height as your subject and use one of the top AF points.


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Dec 10, 2017 16:30 |  #8

It could be what bob_r stated that you simply cropped to much or if you were too close they wouldn't be sharp. I think that lens has about a 2 1/2 foot min focus distance.


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Dec 10, 2017 17:40 as a reply to  @ bob_r's post |  #9

The distance was in the last image. The two close ups were a 100% crop to show sharpness, I wasn't going for a head and shoulder shot. I wanted to know if that was an acceptable sharpness for full body with this lens. Hope that makes sense :-)




  
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Dec 10, 2017 18:13 |  #10

mully4235 wrote in post #18514966 (external link)
The distance was in the last image. The two close ups were a 100% crop to show sharpness, I wasn't going for a head and shoulder shot. I wanted to know if that was an acceptable sharpness for full body with this lens. Hope that makes sense :-)

This shot is much smaller than full body since your subject occupies less than 20% of the image.
Personally, I don't believe you're giving the lens a fair assessment under these conditions.


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Dec 10, 2017 19:51 |  #11

bob_r wrote in post #18514995 (external link)
This shot is much smaller than full body since your subject occupies less than 20% of the image.
Personally, I don't believe you're giving the lens a fair assessment under these conditions.

Agree


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Dec 11, 2017 10:14 as a reply to  @ bob_r's post |  #12

Ok, I think I get what you're saying. What about this? Is that still too far away to be considered full body?


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And the 100% crop. It's always that one eye that isn't as sharp.


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Dec 11, 2017 10:30 |  #13

Which eye isn't in focus?



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Also, how are you processing your images? Raw or JPG from the camera? What tools and filters?

Just a few small filters can help a snowy cloudy day image (before/after)...



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Dec 11, 2017 10:52 as a reply to  @ TeamSpeed's post |  #14

In your post they both look sharp.

They were raw files. I didn't do anything to the dolls to process them or save for web. The girl was just a little bit up on exposure and some noise removal. Both were whatever is set for default sharpening in acr. Am I just being too picky?

I posted it here too and added some photos. When I focus on the dolls right eye, I can get both in focus at +10 on microadjustment. But when I focus on the dolls left eye they are both soft. Why? http://photography-on-the.net …showthread.php?​p=18515380




  
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Dec 11, 2017 12:09 |  #15

You will have to do something with sharpness for post processing. If you use DPP, and set up your picture styles, then the raw will come out with your selected settings, else some sort of canned set of settings will be made for you using 3rd party raw processors.

You should always post process, and this includes a bit of contrast control if there is little contrast, and sharpening. Raw content without any work always seems quite blah to me, anyways.


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