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

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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 ...
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Why are some portraits so sharp and others not

I often see extremely beautiful and sharp portraits like these: I was wondering what makes them so sharp and beautiful: Camera quality? Lighting? Post-processing? Luck? How would I go about if I ...
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Does shooting landscape at lower f-stop produce reasonably sharp images?

This article argues that, 50mm prime lenses, on the other hand, have a maximum aperture of somewhere between f1.2 and f2, letting you hand hold photos in much lower light levels (they also give ...
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How to improve macro photo sharpness? [duplicate]

I was playing with an old point and shoot camera and I made this close-up photo of a pepper: I took many photos and it seems I can’t get a sharp image across the whole object. Can I make this better ...
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Sony A6000 blurry in peripherals despite sharp center — is this a mirrorless thing?

I used to have a mirrorless Sony Alpha A6000 camera. The problem I had with it was that, no matter how hard I tried to keep the center of my photos sharp, my photos always looked blurry in the ...
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Unsharp photo with Kodak PixPro AZ521, mainly when zoomed

As you can see, the photo is very blurred. I tried playing with the manual settings, but I didn't get too promising results. What do you think the problem can be? My settings: ISO100, no zoom, ...
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Sharpness and bokeh comparison of Nikon 50mm f/1.2, f/1.4G and f/1.8G

The contestants are Nikon 50mm f/1.2, f/1.4G and f/1.8G. The list prices are 38,550 INR, 27,990 INR and 18,000 INR respectively. Bokeh: As with any portrait lens, I want a creamy bokeh performance ...
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How to shoot a flower sharp in a light breeze?

I want: Blurred background. Sharp flower with some point in focus. I have: Macro lens 60 mm on a tripod. No flash. Situation: Gentle breeze blowing constantly in a garden. Timing is not a ...
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Why do images look sharp on my camera's LCD, but not tack sharp on my laptop?

I am using a Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 Art lens on a Nikon D7100. On appropriate settings, I see sharp images after pressing the zoom button once, but not before doing that. When I review them on a laptop, ...
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What causes blue and red gradient/shade around black spots in photos? [duplicate]

Right now I'm trying to improve the sharpness of my photos, and for that I've checking if my D7000 has some autofocus issues. Therefore I tested my 35mm f/1.8G and my 50mm f/1.4G. I figured that the ...
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Bad focus. Is it me or my body (D7000)?

So I have a D7000. Grey market, which I didn't find out until after I had to send it in to get serviced. And it's never felt as...sharp as it should be. I always assumed it was just me. I am going on ...
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Why are my sports team pictures fuzzy?

UPDATE: I added the largest jpeg files I could with the original tone, unedited except for a cropping and the change from RAW to jpeg. Thanks for everyone's advice!! This forum is awesome! I use a ...
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How is this look achieved? The sharpness, low saturation, fashion look

This imagpe of Conor Mcgregor has a 'high fashion' type of look. How is that achieved? It seems low saturation, it's sharp and kind of 'shiny'! Could someone give some insights please? I use LR. Is ...
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How can I increase the sharpness for shots like this water droplet image?

How can increase the sharpness of this kind of shot. I was using a 55-200mm with f/8 and 1/4000 shutter speed
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What would be a better lens, 40 or 50mm prime, for walk around? [closed]

I have a Canon EOS Rebel T5i/700D body, an EF-S 18-55 wide angle lens, a 70-300mm telephoto lens, and the kit lens that came with the body. I am still building my lens collection and am looking for ...
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Focus issues in a Nikon 24-70 f/2.8 lens

I have a Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 (without VR) and the pictures taken with it are not sharp and crisp as I think they should be. I use it with a Nikon D7200 that works perfectly with a Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 ...
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Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 poor image quality

I recently bought for my D3300 two new lens. The Nikon 50mm f/1.8 and Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 Art. As I expected, due to specifications and measurements in DXOMark, the 50mm lens is awesome. A lot more ...
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Why do white flowers always have a weird surrounding “glow”?

I have been trying to take pictures of dogwood blooms for a week now. I have the sharpness I want, but the flowers have a weird glow to them. The only post I could find about it is this one. Everyone ...
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Is photo sharpness different at different sizes?

I've been reading a lot about image sharpness lately. The only thing I haven't seen discussed is photo size. I know that when you zoom in on a photo, it becomes pixelated quickly. So would the ...
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How do I compare two similar images' sharpness?

Is there a tool that can help you do such thing? Can photoshop do it? Matlab can, but I don't want to use it.
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High vs low res original image, both later scaled to equal lower resolution - difference in sharpness?

If I take a Canon 5DS R (50.6 MP), which has high resolution and no anti-aliasing filter, and then I take a Canon 6D (20.2 MP) and shoot the same scene with both, both using the same capable lens (i.e....
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Why would a full frame prime lens be less effective on a Nikon d5300?

I've seen many reviews that say Nikon FX lenses like the Nikkor 35mm f/1.4G or Nikkor 85mm f/1.8G have great sharpness and bokeh and of course work on Nikon APS-C sensor cameras like my D5300. But I'...
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How can I “unblur” these pics of the Northern Lights?

A total NOOB to photography here. I was in Tromsø, Norway this weekend and was lucky enough to capture some pictures of the lights. Now, when I say I'm a noob, I actually mean that I know very, VERY ...
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Getting a completely sharp bird when it is up close

Context So I know that Depth of Field (DoF) is controlled by your f-stop (aperture opening) of the lens in question. Question Is it possible to get birds completely sharp when they are so close (8....
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Which focal length lens generally has the sharpest lens? 24, 35, 50 or 85?

Context I realize that the above four focal lengths lend to having a different perspective that make them all unique. It might be possible to use one as the other but that isn't always true with the ...
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Why are my portrait pictures from my new DSLR low quality and “pixel like”?

I recently got a Canon T5i and I took some pictures of my nephew. However, they're very poor quality - they look very "pixel like". Is the poor quality because it was a RAW file, the lighting or was I ...
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Why are some photos sharp in the center, but soft on the edges?

I have seen many photos which are quite sharp in the center, but soft on the edges. What is the reason for this, and how can I prevent it? My first guess is that it has to do with the lens. EDIT: ...
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Should I use a lower resolution because of lens sharpness?

I am using the Nikon D5300 with the kit 18-55mm VR lens. According to DXOMark, the sharpness with that lens is only 9 Megapixels. Is it worth shooting at 24 Megapixels if the lens is only resolving 9? ...
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DSLR setting for a good contrast, sharper picture?

Is there any specific setting for capturing a picture that has a good contrast and is sharp? Sometimes I get a low contrast and need to go for post processing. I'm a beginner in DSLR photography and ...
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What kind of lens to use to get sharp images of people from a distance?

I am looking to buy a new lens and want something that will produce sharp images of people from a distance. I currently have a 50mm prime lens and my close-up portraits are great - crisp and clear - ...
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Nikon d5500 troubleshooting blur unsharp at 100% [duplicate]

I am using a Nikon d5500 with Nikor 18-55 br lens. I was able to get some great photos outside during one set of shots. I noticed since then, when I use the zoom magnifying feature on the lcd, all of ...
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How does the sharpness of the Pentax 645Z compare to Canon 5DS R with high-end lens?

If you pair a 5DS R with a Zeiss Otus... and you pair a 645Z with any of its typical, similar lenses... Larger sensor and much more expensive body (Pentax set), vs more expensive lens. (Canon set). ...