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I think my d200 has a fault.. it seems soo soft

lorus5000 8 24
2 Nov 2009 5:15PM
I recently bought a second hand d200 an upgrade fro the old d100.
however when I compare the qulaity of the shots, it seems that the d100 was better.

I know it shouldnt be, but it is.
could there be a fault with the d200.
How could I test to see whether there is.

Any help would be so much appreciated

I also bought a second hand 18-200 vr dx lense which also I had read was very very good.
So now im very concerned and confused about what could be wrong.

Thank you

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SteveCharles 15 2.3k 18 England
2 Nov 2009 5:20PM
Presumably the shot you linked to is an example of the 'problem' - what exactly is the problem?
lorus5000 8 24
2 Nov 2009 5:22PM
well i just think the image isnt sharp enough, this was took on tripod with timer.
so its not as bad as other shots.

but i feel that something is amiss. any way i can test the camera and lense.


gary900r 14 474 England
2 Nov 2009 5:31PM
Was the vr on or off when you took the picture.
cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
2 Nov 2009 5:35PM
First a question or 2...Smile

Was the linked image ( or any of the images your not happy with ) shot in " JPEG " ?

Have you tried shooting in RAW...?

As you bought the D200 used, Have you checked the default settings, To ascertain what if any camera options, May have been changed by the previous owner...?

Have you 2 buttoned the camera back to factory default settings..?

Are you using the VR when mounted on a tripod...?

Answers to the above may help us figure out what, If anything can be done.....Wink

Oh! Just one more question, What software are you using....?
lorus5000 8 24
2 Nov 2009 5:50PM
vr was turned on when i shot this image and it was on a tripod
I have 2 buttoned it back to default, but not sure if it is set to best config.
i know the image doesnt look that bad, as I shot it with vr on tripod with timer on to avoid shake.

when im shooting hand held they look quite a bit worse.

hope this sheds more light

lorus5000 8 24
2 Nov 2009 5:58PM
am using adobe cs
cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
2 Nov 2009 6:07PM

Quote:Vr was turned on when i shot this image and it was on a tripod

Mistake number 1....Never use VR or any form of image stabilising when your camera is mounted on a tripod......Sad

Have a look in the manual for the lens, They are usually quite specific about this....Wink
JohnParminter 11 1.3k 14 England
2 Nov 2009 6:12PM
Hi Lee, have you checked the sharpness menu settings, if at default this may not be sharp enough for your tastes and you may either increas it in camera or add desired sharpness in PP, assuming of course this is the problem.

just for info, I set my D200 to slightly + then usualy added a bit in PP but on my D300 I have sharpness set to +9 (max) and don't do any in PP, just convenient and the way I like to operate.
cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
2 Nov 2009 6:15PM

Quote:when im shooting hand held they look quite a bit worse.

What sort of camera settings are we talking about....?

ie: shutter speed, aperture, etc

We need spcific examples of camera settings used.
lorus5000 8 24
2 Nov 2009 7:07PM
i took a hand held of a wall at 1/250 second f 5.6 at iso 400.

that looks good until you zoom in then you can see the softness.
i have image but cant upload it .
Overread 9 4.1k 19 England
2 Nov 2009 7:16PM
How far you zooming in? Best thing is to get a free account at somewhere like flickr or photobucket (flickr is best). Then upload 2 shots - one the resized original and then a second which is a crop from the fullsized shot, small enough tobe uploaded to the net without having to be resized. That way we can see the overall shot and the details close up.
Or if you decided to pay for a flickr pro account you can simply upload the whole shot to there.
lorus5000 8 24
2 Nov 2009 7:38PM
thanks overread, just doing that
will add link in a min
lorus5000 8 24
2 Nov 2009 7:50PM
lorus5000 8 24
2 Nov 2009 7:51PM

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