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Old 13-02-2009, 13:44   #1 (permalink)
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Nikon D3

Hi guys & gals,

Not posted for a while so a quick hello again.....

I purchased a new Nikon D3 yesterday and thought I'd give it a bit of a whirl once I'd charged the battery up. I put on it a Sigma Lens (24-70mm f2.8) and was disappointed by the results. The images aren't as crisp as I expected them to be. I tried a nikkor lens I have....it's a DX so there's crop that the camera handles pretty nicely, but again, the images weren't.....shall I say....outstanding.

Anyone any suggestions on this or have I missed something? The instruction book is the size of an encyclopedia an I'm more hands on in my learning approach!!

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Are you shooting RAW or JPEG, and if RAW what converter do you use?
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Re: Nikon D3

It's a bit of a broad question, and we can't see what you mean ... can you post the images for us to see?

You will get the best out of the D3 if you use Nikkor non-DX lenses

As for other factors affecting sharpness, well there are many, so let's see the images - with exif details - and you can also give us a bit of info surrounding the taking of the pictures, so we can eliminate things like camera shake etc.

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I have the camera set to shoot raw and jpeg. At the moment I'm trying out the Nikon NX2 software but usually use adobe photoshop.

Are you thinking it's possibly the software rather then the camera/glass/settings or combination thereof!
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if your shooting in DX mode then then it takes the MPX down to 6mp
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The Sigma may not be quite as good as the Nikkor but I have heard it's an excellent lens so unless you have a duff one then I wouldn't think it would be an issue. As for crisp images, well if there is not a fault and you have the camera set up right then with the right settings it will give you crisp images. To rule out any other factors I'd try something where you use a tripod, focus using live view zoomed in to confirm focus and use a low ISO, a cable release if you have one and an aperture of at least a stop above wide open. I'd say post an example but really a small JPG is not much of an indication but if you have somewhere that can host a full sized example then people here could probably give a better opinion.
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Re: Nikon D3

Vinny (and everyone else)

Thanks for the assistance. I think i may've jumped the gun and not given myself time to really 'play' with it and adjust the settings. As you said, the right settings should give crisp images and having used the camera with different settings i can see how good this camera actually is. Its low light capabilities with my 2.8f lens is amazing and the noticable lack of noise at high ISO's is very pleasing.

I think I will be booting the wife out of bed and giving the D3 her place!!!!
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No don't do that! you will have nobody to carry your gear around when you are out and about....
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