I got a D80 a few days ago and am running into a problem with the focus/sharpness of the images.
Please take a look at the below image (original unmodified):
I was using the "Auto" mode on the camera. The camera focus setting was set to use "Auto-Area AF", meaning that it automatically selects several of the 11 points in the 11-point focus matrix. When I took the picture, most of the 11 points turned "on", and thus were set to focus on the vertical column that you see in the center of the image (the active focus area was set slightly below the vertical center of the image). I also turned on Vibration Reduction mode on the lens just in case.
This is an 18-200 Nikon lens, though in this picture I zoomed only a little bit (26mm) since I was standing close to the object. This was shot with aperture F5 and shutter 1/100.
When I look at this image at its original size on my monitor, I get the impression that it is not very sharp. Even the area that is supposed to be in focus does not look "crisp" to me. I'm having the same problem with most images I've taken with this camera. The objects I'm focusing on do not look OUT of focus, but they don't look crisp and super sharp either.
Do you have the same impression in this picture? What could the problem be? Thank you so much for any input!
For comparison, here is a similar image that I shot with a very cheap compact Canon Powershot. I think it looks way better! Disappointing since the Nikon D80 is a much "better" camera -- so am I doing something wrong?
[Edited 2007-12-05 16:02:36]