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Okay, I'm going back through all my photos since I got my DSLR to post an "anniversary" thread, and I'm noticing that my new pictures aren't as crisp as my old ones are. I'm kinda bummed about that. I'm wondering if it's that I've switched over to Manual since then, and it's me, or if it's something with my camera.

Exposure 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture f/5.6
Focal Length 55 mm
ISO Speed 400

Exposure 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture f/5.6
Focal Length 55 mm
ISO Speed 400

It's probably me, and not the camera. When I first got it, with that first picture, I was taking them on priority settings or even auto. I switched over to manual this past spring. I hadn't changed Memory Cards for a while (maybe a year or a little more??), and just had been deleting the stuff I didn't want and reusing it, though. Could that be the difference? I recently just bought a new one, but it's been so cold that I haven't been able to take any pictures outdoors of the kids to compare it to yet.

ETA: Here's a shot that I took yesterday with the new card. This one was indoors though. Not sure if it makes a difference or not.

Exposure 0.005 sec (1/200)
Aperture f/4.5
Focal Length 79 mm
ISO Speed 800

Here are some more:

September 08
Exposure 0.01 sec (1/100)
Aperture f/7.1
Focal Length 27 mm
ISO Speed 400

October 08
Exposure 0.013 sec (1/80)
Aperture f/4
Focal Length 25 mm
ISO Speed 100

August 09
Exposure 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture f/8.0
Focal Length 55 mm
ISO Speed 400

Definately not the best exposure wise I'm sure, but pretty typical. By this one, I was shooting manual
August 10
Exposure 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture f/5.0
Focal Length 40 mm
ISO Speed 200

September 10
Exposure 0.003 sec (1/400)
Aperture f/4.5
Focal Length 31 mm
ISO Speed 400

November 10
Exposure 0.004 sec (1/250)
Aperture f/5.6
Focal Length 55 mm
ISO Speed 200

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It's really hard to compare one picture to one picture. How about the average?

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I added some more to the origional post.

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I think its probably just you learning to use manual, I am sure you will get nice crisp shots with a bit more practice.

Your pictures are all great.

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I don't think I'm seeing what you're seeing. With the exception of the original 2nd image you posted, I don't really see a problem with sharpness.

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are any of these processed? or are all sooc? I can sort of see what you're talking about but maybe some are sharpened for web or?

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I don't really sharpen much when I process them. I guess I feel like the majority of them that I take these days look the the second image that I posted. The ones I have on Flickr are the "best" that I have taken. Good to know that I'm being a little overly critical though.

How often (if at all) do you have your camera cleaned? Is it standard to do that? I will say that when I look through my camera to take a picture, I see what looks like a little dust or something. I never see it on the picture itself. I was trying to figure out how to get it off of there, because it kinda bugs me, but I wasn't sure how. I wasn't about to go messing inside my camera not knowing what I'm doing!

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Maybe on full auto your camera does a little more sharpening? Check your settings and see if your camera is doing any sharpening on its own. Of course, that's only if you shoot jpegs.

There are ways to test your sensors if you think they may be the problem. Here is a link to a how-to if you're interested.

It sounds like you might have a little dust on your focus screen. It will not affect your pictures, but I understand how annoying it is to see it through the viewfinder all the time. If it's really annoying to you, I'd probably have it professionally cleaned. I've read too many articles that say you should only clean your camera's insides yourself if you absolutely 100% know what you're doing. Hope that helps!

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I was recently looking thru pics from when I first got my SDL also. They were MUCH sharper then as well. I think a big part of mine is due to the fast that when I got the camera, the girls were only 8 months old and they are now 21 months old. They move MUCH faster now and it is so hard to get the ss fast enough while still getting enough light in. UGH, makes me really wish I had spent the extra to get a better lens and not just gone with the kit lens. But at the time it just wasn't doable.

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I don't have any advice, but I am curious to know how often ppl have their cameras cleaned....

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eh... professionally I've never had mine cleaned... i've had mine for two years. I do clean my lenses though. I have filters on all of them though for protection mostly so I clean those. And if needed I take them off and clean the lens itself but I don't do that very often. Just the filters. I never ever touch the inside of my camera!

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Yeah, I didn't want to touch inside either. I didn't want to screw anything up! I got my camera in September 08, so it's been over 2 years now, and I guess I'm not sure what the proper care for this type of camera is.

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the sharper pictures are close ups ... and the ones that aren't as sharp are whole body pictures. to me that's the big difference. I think that when you're focusing on things closer to you, then the sharpness is more visible. but with the whole body shots, you have more details to look at. the image as a whole has to be in focus. and in the whole body shots, you're not seeing the light in the eyes that we see in the other photos. anyhow, that's my read on the situation. I don't think your memory card has any impact on sharpness.

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Thanks Gwen Smile Makes sense.