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Soft image 2

By Nikon442  
Another example of soft images being recorded by my D90. Bare in mind, this was taken 1/640 @ F6.3 (camera shake not an issue) The thermometer was the size of an average wall clock so wasn't an extreme close up. The image is focused fine, but again, there is no real sharpness to it if that makes sense?

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Nikon442 5 21 1
31 Aug 2017 8:49PM
Focusing issues are ruled out because this has happened with over 400 shots since the problem arisen. Different focusing techniques have been use throughout to no avail. To the untrained eye, you'd think this was taken through a dirty window if you get my drift?
Jestertheclown 14 8.7k 255 England
31 Aug 2017 10:09PM
It's hard to know what to suggest.

Certainly, using those settings, my D90 would have produced a better result than this.
dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1966 England
31 Aug 2017 10:43PM
400 images, with everything eliminated - as i said on yoru previous upload, I'd be heading for a trustworthy repairer for some analysis, and maybe a repair.

If the actuations are towards the design limit, I might well consider a new body. I've looked up D90 bodies on the Ffordes website: current price, with guarantee, is 99, so a repair may well cost almsot as much as replacing: and an upgrade would be ever so tempting, if you can afford it.

So if you've had the body from new, it may well owe you nothing...
Jestertheclown 14 8.7k 255 England
31 Aug 2017 10:57PM

Quote:I've looked up D90 bodies on the Ffordes website: current price, with guarantee, is 99,

That's very cheap.
An "excellent" one at MPB is about twice that and althhough they have a couple of "good" ones for a little less, I'd be inclined to go for the best.
banehawi Plus
18 2.8k 4333 Canada
1 Sep 2017 12:08AM
Look at the mod. This as presented does lack critical sharpness, but its hardly soft.

It is very low contrast, and those numbers are behind glass, effectively through a dirty window; in the mod, Ive used post processing sharpening, it looks quite good to me, and I can see a tiny insect at the 45 mark.

What I havent seen info on is if you have used another lens, or a different lens to this one, and if its the same result. How is JPEG contrast and sharpening set in the camera?

See what you think.

Nikon442 5 21 1
1 Sep 2017 10:53AM
Thank you to all who have commented, very helpful indeed. The Camera has gone for repair at no cost to me. The guy is a friend who's just retired from Nikon. He says if he can fix it he will. Worse case scenario is I give it to my daughter and upgrade to a D7100/7200.
Philh04 17 2.3k United Kingdom
1 Sep 2017 12:34PM
Late on the scene I know... Is this straight from the camera as a JPEG?

Given that you have tried different modes of focusing including manual and that you have tried different lenses it can really only be something like your in camera settings or the sensor has somehow moved fractionally which is unlikely. The only fault I can think of is that the AA filter has an even 'film' smeared over it.

Look at the Modification by banewahi... when looking at your file and the EXIF > Raw Data, contrast, saturation and sharpening are set to zero which will result in an overall 'soft' look to the image due to the AA filter present on most digital cameras, it needs compensating for in post processing by adding contrast (best way is to bring in each side of the histogram which will set your white and black points) and then adding some sharpening, a low radius, typically 0.3 and a relatively high amount (with care) seems to solve the 'softness' in this image
dudler Plus
19 2.0k 1966 England
1 Sep 2017 1:16PM
It sounds as though you have a route to get it sorted, and a sound Plan B if not...

This may stimulate me to dust off my two oldest DSLR bodies and see how they are: they did seem to have some virtues, as well as a lack of sheer pixels. It's hard to let an old friend fade away...

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