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Using a D5600 and a fixed Nikkor 50mm lens, should I be able to sharply focus on tree leaves 110 meters away?


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Those Who Squirm

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I live in Eugene, and as I had an errand near Valley River Center today, I brought along my gear to take photos of the river and the opposite shore, which is about the stated distance away at this point.

While I'm not entirely displeased with the results, it seems like the trees/leaves on the opposite bank aren't as sharp as they could be, although I focused as sharply as I could in the LV monitor. In the LV, they seemed to be more in focus than the image turned out. (Unfortunately I wear glasses and can't use the optical viewfinder).


Am I asking too much of my equipment? If I had used a full frame DSLR, would the image be better?

I'm attaching a slightly reduced size version of the image. You can view the original size on Flickr, along with the settings, here:

View across the Willamette River from Valley River Center | Flickr
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What 50 mm lens did you use? The EXIF says that the max aperture is 1.7, which doesn’t correspond with any Nikkor I know.



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It looks as though you may have missed focus. The close up leaves in the photo seem to be sharper than the trees on the opposite bank of the river. In any case, your D5600 should be able to produce acceptably sharp photos. 

 

I agree with Peter though, I've never seen a 50mm Nikkor f/1.7 lens.

 

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It's this lens:

AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G (image below)

...and it does only open up to 1.8. I can't imagine where the 1.7 came from.

As you probably know, the AF function won't work with this camera body, but that usually isn't an issue for me.

*I just opened up the Flickr link to public access, so if you tried to view that before and couldn't, you should now be able to do so.a86b6417c299d99aab1d8d0bd71f4a82.jpg

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What 50 mm lens did you use? The EXIF says that the max aperture is 1.7, which doesn’t correspond with any Nikkor I know.

 

How are you getting any info on the lens model?  It doesn't come up in the file properties, nor does it appear in the Flickr details.   I thought that was strange but I see now it's probably always been that way for this lens.  The metadata tells me that the focal length is 50mm (of course), and provides other information about the camera settings used, but there's nothing about the specific model of lens.



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The focal length is 35, even if it has the same field of view as a 50 on FX. It is an AF-S DX lens and should autofocus flawlessly on the D5600.

 

This is what the EXIF on Flickr looks like on my computer.

 

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As you can see, the Max Aperture variable is 1.7.



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The lens shown is an AF-S series, internal motor.

 

I believe the older AF-Nikkors that rely on the AF-Motor built into the camera body will not work on a D5600, but I think an AF-S series should work.

 

Nikon D5600 Digital SLR Camera | Interchangeable Lens Camera

 

The Tech Spec shows it works with the AF-S G lenses.

 

Maybe you have something in the camera menu misconfigured? I have a friend that had that problem. Camera menu was set to manual only through some obscure command.



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In the combo of the D5600 with the (35mm) AF-S lens, auto focussing is possible. To have it enabled you must ensure that:
1/ on the camera menu you choose AF-S or AF-F (Nikon | Imaging Products | Digitutor | D5600)
AND
2/ on the lens the switch is in the M/A position

(If any of the two settings is set to to manual (AF-M on the camera OR M on the lens switch), autofocus is disabled
If you have the settings above and the camera does not autofocus you have most likely a technical problem.

As for the sharpness of the leaves in the picture, yes, your camera can perform good/better. So, no imediate need to change the camera (or lens) ;) until they prove to have a technical issue.

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I have the same combination. The little 35mm is a great lens for the D5600. There should be no problem with the auto focus. Upon examine of the picture blown up it appears that the leaves on the left foreground are much sharper. What was the focus type and the f/stop? By stopping down a bit on landscapes to f/8 you can get a better depth of field. 



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I have the same combination. The little 35mm is a great lens for the D5600. There should be no problem with the auto focus. Upon examine of the picture blown up it appears that the leaves on the left foreground are much sharper. What was the focus type and the f/stop? By stopping down a bit on landscapes to f/8 you can get a better depth of field. 

 

See EXIF info above in Merco's post...