edit : I have added the relevant EXIF data, Still exploring how to add the EXIF data inline with the photos, please excuse english is not my first language
I am a newbie photographer with Nikon D3300 and the kit lens + 35mm 1.8. Previously I used to have a Sony Nex 5r with 16-50 lens. I "Upgraded" to a D3300 because I wanted cheaper lens, more accessories but also more detail that I thought will come with the increased resolution.
Unfortunately most of my pictures, especially flower pictures lack detail. I am not talking about "Macro" level detail. But textures which were visible previously on the nex5r are no longer visible with the Nikon.
I have already tried the following:
- Tried stopping down.
- Used both kit lens and 35 mm.
- Tried fill in flash.
- Tried under/over exposing.
- Tried changing White balance / Picture control.
- Tried manual focus.
It seems like either the lens or the sensor are just not resolving enough detail.
I generally shoot in single point Auto Focus mode using the centre point and placing it on my target. Picture control is set to " Standard" with saturation "+1" and Sharpness "+3" Several members have commented that the first photo is Out of focus. Well the target focus was the white flower, and I took several samples to rule out camera blur. Also Even when taken using manual focus and using In camera Viewfinder focus Indicator, correct focus was indicated by the camera but still the flower does not appear to be in sharp focus in any of the pics. As I generally use the viewfinder, I may infer that phase detection AF is not as precise as contrast base detection often used by competing non mirror cameras.
1st pic : d3300 +18-55 kt lens at 46 mm,Av priority, f/5, 1/125, ISO 100, Centre weighted
2nd pic : d3300 + 18 - 55 kt lens at 52 mm,Manual exp , f/5.6, 1/250 , ISo 100 Centre weighted
3rd pic : d3300 + 35 1.8 G DX , Manual Exp , f/5, 1/400 , ISO 100 , Centre weighted
4th pic : d3300 + 35 mm 1.8 dx, Av priority, f/5.6, 1/160 , ISO 100, Centre weighted
I know it may be just paranoia , but if it is a lens or a misfocus issue then I must contact Nikon. Please advise.
While It might be true, That the photos may be post processed to look better, Is there some setting I can change to get a decent Jpeg output from the camera itself? To put it bluntly I would like a jpeg as thrown out by mirrorless cameras from Sony?
also I have tried showing the focus point in the first photo (the blurred one) by using a screen shot from the view nx2 software from Nikon: