John Di Cicco 4:59pm, 7 February 2011
I'm new to the DSLR world so I am reading a lot (Bryan Peterson), shooting many so so to bad photos and practicing shooting maual as much as I can but I'm wondering if I made the right choice? I bought my D5000 w18/55 VR in October 2010 and I love a lot about it except that I shoot quite a few indoor shots on my 2 1/2 year old and outdoors near a marina and the sharpness varies a considerable amount. I shoot RAW and then process using View NX2 and I find that even when the focus spot and exposure are correct the sharpness isn't quite as good as I would like and the noise is present even at 800 or so. If I shoot in Jpeg format with noise redustion on my pictures are soft and a little washed out. Has anyone experienced these sort of problems using the kit lens and would I get better results with a D90 or a T2i? I only shoot RAW because the reviews say I would get the best results from this camera in Raw and the guys at Black's Photography told me to do so and then convert to Jpegs.
David M: 7 years ago
The D5000 plus kit lens is capable of pin sharp pictures. The raw files will look a little bland because they need post processing in order to get the best out of them. I do have some pictures that I am not happy with but they are due to errors on my part and not the camera. Keep trying you will get there in the end :-)
John Di Cicco Posted 7 years ago. Edited by John Di Cicco (member) 7 years ago
Thanks Dave, I mainly use single point or Dynamic are for focusing and I try to keep my metering at Matrix and sometimes center weighted. Is there a specific combo of settings that works best for crisp shots for you? Also noise reduction is not applied in Raw so should i try to shoot Jpeg's more often?
David M: Posted 7 years ago. Edited by David M: (member) 7 years ago
John, I shoot mainly with single point focusing and matrix metering. I shoot in aperture and watch that my shutter speed does not drop too low. So for a focal length of 55mm that would be ideally 80th of a second even though it is possible to still get good shots at slower shutter speeds as the VR gives a two stop advantage. I shoot on as lower iso as possible but I have had quite low noise shots at 800 iso. When viewing the pictures I only enlarge up to 100 %. I have a 35mm f1.8 and the 18-55mm with the correct shutter speed compares well with this for sharpness but the great thing about the 1.8 is that the shutter speeds are 10 times faster. I prefer raw shooting and deal with any noise in post processing.
John Di Cicco 7 years ago
Dave M thanks for the tips they will help. I read somewhere to use single a point focus but I wasn't sure if I would be utilizing my camera's capabilities to its fullest. I found out that my ISO setting was set to auto for P,S,A and maybe for M and programmed range from 400 - 1600 at 1/125 sec shutter. Now I have assigned my timer button to ISO and adjust it manually for each situation. After I made the first post I noticed that most of the photos with noise issues were well above 800 and I did not apply noise reduction in post prosessing however as far as focusing I will pay more attention to your advice. Thanks again.