Lens Diaries Go Now
Glamour, Beauty, Nude, Models, Photographers

*    |  Register  


 
Go Back   Garage Glamour™ > Garage Glamour™ Main Forums > Tech Talk Forum
 

Tech Talk Forum Photography & Technical Related Only!

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
D70 woes
Old 08-17-2005, 08:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
Lifetime Photographer
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Member GG#: 35679
Location: Escondido
Posts: 852
Comments: 0
My Mood:
Send a message via AIM to Soujrnr Send a message via Yahoo to Soujrnr

Soujrnr is offline IP: 68.235.17.70
 
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote

Hi all,

I have a D70. I've run about 10,000 shots through it thus far. And no, I haven't cleaned the CCD yet but it needs it terribly. That's not why I'm writing though. I'm shooting a Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 lens on it, along with the factory lens that came with the camera (18-70mm or thereabout). I had a shoot last night with a gorgeous young lady and I used my tripod for every shot with the exception of a few with the 18-70mm. I use pin-point focusing and always shot for the eyes to be in focus. Today whilst editing the images, I'm finding a good many of the shots having blurry eyes and blurry face. I was very, very disappointed as this was one of the more fun shoots I've been on. I shot almost 300 pictures and was very pleased with the good vs. bad ratio as I watched them download but upon closer inspection, I was not impressed with the focusing.

Do you D70 users (or any digital shooters) ever experience this phenomenon? I have good eye sight and I also used the autofocus AND a tripod for steadiness. WTF? Is it my glass? The Sigma professional series of lenses has always done me very well and yet this situation leaves me perplexed. Is it an age thing with the camera? Is it the CCD? Speaking of the CCD, it seems that the amount of digital noise I'm seeing in my pictures is much to high given that I was shooting outdoors in good light at ISO 200 (did I mention that I used a tripod for EVERY FRICKIN' SHOT?) Would a thorough cleaning do anything with the noise? I've heard of a software program called Neat Image or something like that specifically designed to deal with digital noise. Has anyone heard of and/or used it? Is it worth the investment?

I'm thinking of trying to get hold of a prime lens and shoot with it to see how much of a difference it will make on the D70. I've done so much shooting with the 70-200mm f2.8 Sigma and had spectacular results but now I'm not sure what's going on.

Care to share?

Good day!

Mike
  View Public Profile Send a private message to Soujrnr Visit Soujrnr's homepage! Find More Posts by Soujrnr
 
Re: D70 woes
Old 08-17-2005, 08:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
Free Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Member GG#: 39735
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Posts: 289
Comments: 0

shannon_fontaine is offline IP: 68.52.169.40
 
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote

Mike,

Ouch! I have that exact rig, D-70 and the sigma --plus some other glass, nikon mostly--

I noticed when I first started using the sigma that if I was off even a little the shot was kaput, there is no forgive in that lens, if that makes any sense.

I use it all the time now, though. Handhold as long as the shutter speed is high enough and I haven't had any problems at all, at least none that I can't attribute directly to me getting sloppy.

If you were on a tripod, and everything was working fine until now, I'd say your camera needs some servicing --you already knew that right?--

The only other culprit could be back focusing on the lens but I would think that would have shown up when you bought the lens, not later. Maybe somebody else has direct experience with that?

I've not used neat image, I have a friend, a Canon shooter btw, who swears by it.

Noise Ninja is another program that gets a lot of good press.

I hope it works out for you, nothing worse than having your gear go down in flames, especially if you end up losing those pictures.

Shannon
  View Public Profile Send a private message to shannon_fontaine Visit shannon_fontaine's homepage! Find More Posts by shannon_fontaine
 
Re: D70 woes
Old 08-17-2005, 09:30 PM   #3 (permalink)
Lifetime Photographer

 
girlfair's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Member GG#: 38438
Location: North Ridgeville
Posts: 126
Comments: 0
My Mood:

girlfair is offline IP: 69.40.210.36
 
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote

Might be the AF on the lens. I had that happen to me. Had the camera looked over with a fine toothed comb only to end up discovering the problem was my lens, Could have bumped it, whatever, but the AF would fail intermittently. Another thing I discovered was that the only way to fix a screwed up lens is to replace it [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/frown.gif[/img].
  View Public Profile Send a private message to girlfair Visit girlfair's homepage! Find More Posts by girlfair
 
Re: D70 woes
Old 08-17-2005, 10:07 PM   #4 (permalink)
Free Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Member GG#: 40487
Location: Aliso Viejo
Posts: 26
Comments: 0

GreggH is offline IP: 70.181.106.70
 
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote

I don't know if the D70 has this setting but my D100 does. Is your camera set to Closet Subject or Object Focus? If so it could be focusing on the nose, shoulder, etc.
  View Public Profile Send a private message to GreggH Find More Posts by GreggH
 
Re: D70 woes
Old 08-18-2005, 12:37 AM   #5 (permalink)
Free Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Member GG#: 41021
Location: Mission Viejo
Posts: 92
Comments: 0

PhotoDave is offline IP: 68.5.109.137
 
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote

I had the same issue. I went to Calumet and rented the Nikkor 70-200 VR 2.8 lens and headed for the beach, the backyard, snapped quick shots at various settings and compared to those of a cheaper non-nikon lens. The difference was like night and day. I didn't buy the vr, but settled for a 70-300 ED that looks alot better than my orginal lens did.

I don't know if this is your problem or not, but $28 at Calumet will get yuou a really good lens to test your camera with for the weekend. GIve it a shot.
  View Public Profile Find More Posts by PhotoDave
 
Re: D70 woes
Old 08-18-2005, 07:32 AM   #6 (permalink)
Lifetime Photographer

 
Mark_A's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Member GG#: 35470
Location: Atlanta / Roswell, GA USA
Posts: 325
Comments: 0

Mark_A is offline IP: 65.6.134.149
 
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote

Okay, this may sound stupid, but is your camera set to use the correct AF sensor? I've had times when I was shooting and noticed that I had selected another focus spot by accident and it was focusing on the wrong place. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/blush.gif[/img] If that's not it, try this test ---

place a ruler on the floor about 6 feet from the camera (use a tripod) and set it at f2.8 or larger. Put something small at the middle of the ruler. Focus on the object and then shoot it. Look at the image. The object should be spot on. If not see if if focuses in front or behind. Some early D70s had a problem with front focus. Nikon WAS fixing it as a warranty repair. I believe that there is also a firmware fix that has to do with focus.
  View Public Profile Send a private message to Mark_A Visit Mark_A's homepage! Find More Posts by Mark_A
 
Re: D70 woes
Old 08-18-2005, 08:36 AM   #7 (permalink)
Lifetime Photographer

 
srwatters's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Member GG#: 41719
Location: West Plano, TX
Posts: 558
Comments: 0
Send a message via AIM to srwatters Send a message via Yahoo to srwatters

srwatters is offline IP: 65.197.247.151
 
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote

Use only the center focus point for AF on the D70. If you want some proof here's two images I shot with my D70 and Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 VR lens.

Center focus point 1/200 f/2.8 200mm


Right focus point 1/200 f/2.8 200mm


Now unless you shoot at huge apertures, this shouldn't make that big of a difference, but I can tell you from experience that the center focus point is the most accurate. Focus lock then recompose and shoot.

You can download the focus chart from Tim Jackson's D70 page
  View Public Profile Send a private message to srwatters Visit srwatters's homepage! Find More Posts by srwatters
 
Re: D70 woes
Old 08-19-2005, 10:57 AM   #8 (permalink)
Lifetime Photographer

 
Olli's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Member GG#: 39548
Location: Charleston
Posts: 189
Comments: 15

Olli is offline IP: 198.253.20.170
 
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote

I shoot with only the center point sensor which is much more sensitive. If I have to use a tripod I focus manually.
  View Public Profile Send a private message to Olli Visit Olli's homepage! Find More Posts by Olli
 
Re: D70 woes
Old 08-19-2005, 08:52 PM   #9 (permalink)
Lifetime Photographer
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Member GG#: 35679
Location: Escondido
Posts: 852
Comments: 0
My Mood:
Send a message via AIM to Soujrnr Send a message via Yahoo to Soujrnr

Soujrnr is offline IP: 68.235.17.70
 
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote

I'll have to try just using the center point then and see how it changes my results. Thanks.

Good day!

Mike

  View Public Profile Send a private message to Soujrnr Visit Soujrnr's homepage! Find More Posts by Soujrnr
 
Re: D70 woes
Old 08-19-2005, 08:53 PM   #10 (permalink)
Lifetime Photographer
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Member GG#: 35679
Location: Escondido
Posts: 852
Comments: 0
My Mood:
Send a message via AIM to Soujrnr Send a message via Yahoo to Soujrnr

Soujrnr is offline IP: 68.235.17.70
 
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote

Thanks. I'll download it and give it a whirl.

Good day!

Mike

  View Public Profile Send a private message to Soujrnr Visit Soujrnr's homepage! Find More Posts by Soujrnr
 
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Wedding Photography Woes... moscato_images Main Community Forum 0 10-05-2009 11:11 PM
free gratis woes BenE Off Topic 0 01-26-2007 02:06 PM
The woes of Cropping Antwan Tech Talk Forum 20 08-31-2005 05:26 PM
Polarizer Woes hedge Tech Talk Forum 3 01-16-2005 05:30 PM
Just shoot me...or, digital woes in Maine! Soujrnr Tech Talk Forum 13 08-24-2004 10:36 PM

Sponsors


New To Site? Need Help? Photographer & Model Links
All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:55 PM.

© 1999-2017 Garage Glamour™




Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.2.0

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93