Ok, so I have been frustrated with myself lately b/c sometimes I feel as though I am going backwards. I have my lens kit (18-105mm, wish I would have listened to you ladies!) that I hardly ever use, and then I have my Nikkor 50mm, 1.8. The thing is, I can't seem to get my photos sharp, unless I am at a 2.8+. Am I doing something wrong? I read it's all about light, but I usually shoot outside in good light. What's the point in having a 1.8 if I can hardly go below 3.0? Is it me? The lens? Any ideas on what I could be doing wrong? I see people shoot wide open all the time and it is sharp.
I shoot wide open quite often.. well I like to stick to around 2.0 2.2 sometimes i shoot at 1.4 or 1.8 if I'm losing the light. I do have a lot of oof pics, but every shoot there is less. For me, I think I was just moving around too much to keep my focus in the right place. It makes it a lot harder when your subject is moving around. I guess the other important thing I find is to focus for every shot. keep holding down that button and bracing yourself if you move a smidge, refocus. That's all I can think of.
Lenses are never at their sharpest wide open...just a sad fact. The value of having the 1.8 is that it is sharp at 3.0 where a lense with a 3.5 aperture isn't sharp until 5.0....make sense?
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I think it can work, just has to be the perfect combination of factors that are probably really hard to achieve on a regular basis. I'm sure a tripod would help. Or I could be way off LOL. I might have had one or two so far with my 50mm 1.8 that came out nicely at 1.8. I'd have to look back. But I usually keep it at about 2.2 max nowadays.
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I have found the sweet spot on my 50mm f/1.4 to be at around 2.0 - 2.2. I rarely open up more than that and when I do, getting tack sharp pics is really tough.
A tripod does help. Also, really making sure that your main focal points are all in a similar plane helps.