Questions tagged [sharpness]

describes clarity of detail, the perceived combination of resolution and acutance.

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Is it better to shoot at diffraction limited aperture or sharpest lens aperture?

In the old cameras like Nikon D80 with 10 Megapixel pixel count. The diffraction limited aperture is F/13 but its known that lenses are generally sharpest at the F/8 so it's a no brainer to shoot at F/...
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Why are my picture not as sharp when shot RAW as when saved as JPEG [duplicate]

Newbie question here. I shot an image in low light in jpeg format and it's crisp, but when I shoot raw in plain day at 1/125, my image looks blurry most of the time. Unless I max out the sharpness ...
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What affects tripod stability?

I have a Vanguard Veo 2 265 CB tripod. I really like it and it has been performing, but lately I am trying to get my pictures as sharp as I can get and I noticed something. It must be trivial to ask,...
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Tamron 100-400 (Canon EF) sharpness

I'm puzzled by how the results that "The Digital Picture" have received while testing the new Tamron 100-400 telephoto zoom lens contrast the positive reviews by the actual users all over the Internet....
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Why does grain increase acutance?

The Wikipedia article on acutance claims that a slight amount of noise or grain can increase acutance. Cambridge in Color gives the following demonstration. No noise: With noise, with more acutance: ...
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Why do I get so many unsharp pictures with my Canon 70-200 IS f/2.8?

Please take a look at the picture below. You can see where the focus point was thanks to a LR plugin. But the image is unsharp - again. And yes, I'm sure the dog was standing still enough for 1/250 ...
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Is this the limit of the camera image quality or is the subject out of focus?

I'm using the "macro" mode in the Powershot G9X II. The macro mode is simply a shorter focus range, there is no magnification in place, like in aftermarket macro lenses for DSLR's. I've shot many ...
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Will upgrading from P900 to Nikon D500 and a 200-400 lens make my bird photographs sharper?

I am using a Nikon P900 and although I love the camera the image quality is not always as sharp as it could be. Also it is just 3 years old and is falling to bits although i do use it daily. As most ...
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Long-end softness in a wide-angle lens

I just got a copy of the Tamron AF 20-40mm F2.7-3.5 SP Aspherical IF for my Sony a7 (using the non-AF Sony A/E adapter) over eBay. I'm seeing what seems to me like a surprising degree of softness ...
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Why is Nikon 1.4g better when Nikon 1.8g is sharper?

I am new to photography (just 3 to 4 months of experience) and I am looking to buy a new lens (either 35mm or 50mm, but mostly 35mm because I have already decided Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for ...
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How to capture sharp images of multiple objects on a wall?

I need to photograph a wall with multiple paintings with every painting under sharp focus. I believe depth of field doesn't play here as all the objects are at same distance. I tried with higher ...
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Can you determine if focus is sharp without diopter adjustment if your sight is imperfect?

I've already encountered this question about wearing glasses as a photographer. A more specific question I have is as follows. If your eyesight is not perfect, or your glasses and/or contact lenses ...
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Create a canvas-like style (a blurred effect)

Hi I would like to have a fluffy effect for the details of my image, and I have tried tools such as Sharpen, Blur in Fliter, and Clarity in RAW manipulation, but in vain. The left hand side is the ...
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How will a teleconverter affect the sharpness of a lens at a given aperture?

If I have a 200mm f2.8 lens and apply a 2x teleconverter the effective focal length and aperture becomes 400mm and f5.6. However, I am unsure about the effect this has on other aspects, such as image ...
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What makes the difference on partially and fully visible moon?

While I'm satisfied (despite the fringe) with shoots from a partially visible moon with a cheap 500 mm lens: 1/100 ISO 100 f/? I cannot understand why the image quality is extremely diminished when ...
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Why is the Canon-mount Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art sharper in the corner in DxOMark's ratings than Nikon-mount version?

Why is the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM A lens corner sharpness much better in the Canon version than the Nikon's, according to DxOMark's ratings? Canon: https://www.dxomark.com/Lenses/Sigma/Sigma-24mm-...
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what technology does Nikon use to reduce moire?

Nikon cameras do incredible job with moire effect even that nikon cameras do not have anti aliasing filter.And i didn't find moire in any situation with my Nikon d7100
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Why are test images from my Fujifilm X100F softer than I expect?

I just got a copy of the X100F, and I was really excited to play around with it. But as I've taken a handful of pictures in various settings, I've noticed that the sharpness of the images were not ...
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Lack of Focus/Sharpness on Zoom

I have recently taken what I thought were hundreds of amazing pictures of a group of seals on an CA beach - only to find every single picture is clearly out of focus or lacks sharpness. A sample ...
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How to avoid the grainy background in sunset picture?

I was taking this picture of the sunset. I used auto focus, but the trees are not really that focused. Also, the red background is grainy. Any tips if I get this opportunity again? I was using a ...
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Can using a high resolution sensor and downsampling compensate for a soft lens?

In this question Does super-sampling produce good results? the difference in quality between using a high and low resolution sensor of the same size and then downsampling the high resolution one gives ...
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Are focus and resolving power optically equivalent?

Limited "resolving power" or "sharpness" is a problem one can see with many lower-quality lenses, especially with higher-resolution camera bodies. Playing with my cheap 500mm mirror lens, I often get ...
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Why do Photoshop, InDesign, Pixelmator Pro, and Mac Pages all “smooth” my digital photos on export to PDF (how achieve best print preparation)?

I am preparing digital photos for printing and performing various test prints for comparison (with a very cooperative print shop). The print shop only accepts PDF, not direct print from raster format ...
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How do I get the best sharpness from a Zeiss Jena Pancolar MC lens?

I've just ordered a Zeiss Jena Pancolar MC 50mm prime lens, and have been reading up as much as I can about how to get the best quality images from it. It's my intention to use it mainly with 3 ...
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Sharp focus photography with APS-C [closed]

So, it happens that I am really passionate about the sharp focus photography, where some points on the picture looks sharper than the usual, just like the example I've attached. My question is: how ...
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Programmatically assessing image quality [closed]

I am using a third party service which processes images and returns some metadata: The data (and ranges) looks like this sharpness 0-1 brightness 0-1 contrast: 0-1 dominant color: hex array of '...
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How does one evaluate the sharpness of a fisheye lens throughout its field of view?

While I have been analyzing sharpness and other optical properties of rectilinear lenses for a while, I have received a fisheye lens covering 180° and am having trouble producing an adequate test. ...
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How can I capture motion while maintaining the sharpness of the main subject with an iPhone?

I want to capture motions. I use shutter priority mode with very low speed to get motion blur. But still want to maintain the sharpness of the main subject. I'm using iphone Camera + app. But I couldn'...
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To what extent, and how, does light source affect sharpness?

The quintessential window-lit portrait has a soft glow about it. A photo may be sharp, but it's perceived sharpness is on a different level from a photo taken using a single light utilizing a snoot or ...
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What is causing the lack of sharpness in this picture? [duplicate]

What is the most likely cause of the lack of sharpness in this picture? Taken with a Nikon D3000 and a 55-200 lens at 200mm, 1/320s, f/5.6, ISO 400.
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Are there tools used to remove heat-haze or other atmospheric conditions for long range shots?

So I was on a hill doing long range landscapes, miles away. I notice that the shots are specifically less sharp and noiser if I'm aiming at a city, but if I aim at the body of water in front of it or ...
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How to improve image sharpness on Canon 700D?

I'm currently using a Canon 700D with a few EF-S lenses, I like the Canon system, the looks, feel and ergonomics but I'm not happy with the files I'm getting. Whenever I come across a photo that ...
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How should I arrange a scene to test the relative sharpness of lenses with different focal lengths?

I want to compare sharpness of two lenses, consider 50mm f/1.8G vs 35mm f/1.8G from Nikon on a crop sensor camera by taking some photos (from some small size text on a paper) and review the results. ...
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Why my DSLR is not as sharp as my smart phone?

I recently bought a Nikon D5500 camera with two lenses: 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR and 50mm f/1.8G. When I compare the results with my advance smart phone (Samsung Galaxy Note 5), the sharpness is not ...
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How to get a sharper image using Nikon D3200? [duplicate]

Just wondering if you have any tips on getting a sharper image with a Nikon D3200? I was using a kit 18-55mm but solved the problem by taking someone's recommendation and shot a pic at F8 while in ...
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what does RIH mean in an MTF chart

I've read some guides to interpreting an MTF chart, but I can't find any information about the meaning of RIH. My thought an MTF chart would show line/mm curves, so what are these F1-F9 RIH T/R values?...
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How to take sharper photos [duplicate]

I am sick and tired of getting photos that turn out just slightly blurry. I can't seem to figure out why this is or how to fix it. I like to shoot at events, indoors and outdoors, action shots and ...
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Why are my product photographs not sharp?

I just bought a Canon 750D. The picture has too much noise. The detail/shine of the diamond is not really showing. I am also using a tripod and timer. The lens is the EF-S 18-55mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 IS STM. ...
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How can I improve the sharpness of my Sigma 50mm 1.4 DG HSM lens? [duplicate]

I've had it for a while but haven't used it much because it is not sharp. Suggestions? Can it be sent off and is that expensive?
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What kind of old 35mm point and shoot do I need to take photographs in the style of Gunnar Stahl?

I'm looking for a camera that shoots comparable to the Yashica t4 super/ Nikon l35af. I love the sharpness the camera puts into the photo and the lighting with the flash is the look I want for a ...
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Lens quality impact on sharpness

I have a Nikon D7200 and recently took it on a trip where I shot with both the kit AF-S 18-140 f/3.5-5.6 ED VR lens and the Nikon AF-S 24-70 f/2.8G ED lens. While I consider myself a relatively good/...
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Can't get sharp focus on Canon 7D at 250mm f/32 [duplicate]

I'm an accomplished photographer (at least I thought I was) until I shot and re-shot a scene and it keeps turning out soft. Settings: Canon 7D... 250 mm...f29...manual focus...1/40 exposure I used a ...
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Do cheap filters have an effect on image quality?

Do cheap lens filters (UV, ND, CPL) affect image quality, color reproduction, sharpness, etc.? Do they really offer protection?
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Tight shutter speed but picture still blurry!

I shot indoors under dim lighting and struggled getting sharp quality. The image below was shot at: 1/125 8.0 ISO 3200 My thinking was the ISO was high enough, the shutter speed fast enough ...
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Can't get my pictures sharp (Rebel Ti2 + tripod + Sigma 10-20 f/3.5 EX DC)

I'm really into landscape photography but I can't get my pictures to look sharp. They look boring and dull. I focused to infinity by using the infinity symbol on my lens and by manually focusing using ...
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Why do images sometimes look “softer” at higher focal lengths (like 300-500mm)?

I get that it has to do with the lens, but what exactly is causing this?
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Will there be a noticable difference in sharpness and color between Nikon and Canon [duplicate]

Hi I have a Nikon D750 with a 70-200mm f2.8 VRii lens and a 35mm f1.8G ED lens. I mostly shoot family portraits. I was thinking about switching to the Canon 5D Mark IV with a 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM ...
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Why is only part of this image blurry?

I took this picture using a Canon 60D with a Tamron 28 – 300mm lens at f/16 and 2 minute exposure time using a tripod. I am wondering why the lights are not sharp on the right side, and what should ...
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At what point does the Canon 5D Mark IV's high-ISO performance give it higher real resolution than the 5DS (R)?

I want the sharpest images with the most detail possible. Resolution increases detail (to a limit) Noise decreases sharpness Therefore, I have a dilemma. I am looking to purchase a new DSLR: either ...
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How can I improve the sharpness for tabletop still life of photography?

I have a Nikon D5100 DSLR with a 18-55mm lens and a 55-300mm lens. I'm shooting with a tripod (and remote) over a table top where I've arranged flowers and other miscellaneous things, using mostly the ...