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Newbie Question On Nikon 5700 Quality  
User currently offlineWestWing From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2134 posts, RR: 7
Posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 3069 times:

I've had my Nikon 5700 for about two years now but have been somewhat disappointed with my fuzzy results I get when photographing aircraft.

For example, this photograph was taken handheld, shutter priority, shutter speed set to 1/2000 and focus locked at infinity. The aperture worked out to be f/3.7 on a fairly bright day. Focal length was 27.3. Jpeg mode was "fine" which corresponds to 2560x1920. The image has been cropped but not otherwise adjusted.




In the picture, the "241" in the red area at the top of the tail is not clear.
Is this as good as I can expect it to get with a 5700, or am I doing something wrong?

Thanks in advance for any help/advice.

[Edited 2005-10-11 02:47:30]


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User currently offlineWakeTurbulence From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 1294 posts, RR: 17
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3055 times:

You should experiment. Shoot in aperture priority mode for a while. You don't need to shoot anything at 1/2000 of a sec unless you are right next to the aircraft and it is going Mach 1. Many people have used this camera in the past with great results for A.net. Keep shooting and experimenting, and post some more after the experiment. Good luck.
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User currently offlineWestWing From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2134 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3047 times:

Thanks. Here is another example. Not quite aperture priority, but this one was taken at Auto settings which worked out to be 1/455 sec and f/5.9.

If one looks at the small circular window set in the door, the outlines of the window are not clearly defined. This one was taken at max limit of optical zoom.



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User currently offlineBluewave 707 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3152 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 3031 times:

I've had my CP5700 for over a year, and what I've noticed is that shooting with the sharpening off is better. The adjustments in Photoshop does a better job in cleaning up the shot. I also shoot most airliner shots in an Auto user setting

Auto White Balance
Center-weighted exposure
Normal saturation
NR off
No sharpening



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User currently offlineViv From Ireland, joined May 2005, 3142 posts, RR: 29
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 3017 times:

You don't need 1/2000th. If you shoot at a slower shutter speed (I use about 1/400th for that type of shot) you will have a much smaller aperture (around F.8) and therefore much greater depth of field.


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User currently offlineFlyfisher1976 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 804 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3010 times:

Shoot in Aperture priority at F8. Let the camera take care of the shutter speed. The rest of the fuzziness might be fixed in post processing with some USM in photoshop.

User currently offlineWestWing From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 2134 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 2995 times:

Thanks for the comments so far, will try the suggestions, especially on a sunny day.


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