I'm having trouble getting sharp images on my D200. I have a Nikkor 24-85 mm lens as well as a Nikkor 28-80mm. The focus is better when used with the 28-80mm lens. I use the exact same lenses on my D100 and the images are very sharp compared to the D200. I also get that I'll be focused on something but when I checkt the picture the focus shifted to the background.
Could you possibly assist me in fixing this problem. Thanks you
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Re: Very soft focus on D200
Hi Amanda, welcome to FixYa.
Try this to fix your focusing issue. It's a custom AF setting.
Press the Menu and select the pencil icon. Then you'll see Custom Setting Menu on the LCD display. Click down to Autofocus and then click to the right.
There are 3 choices here: FPS Rate, FPS Rate + AF, and Focus.
Set it to Focus.
FPS Rate is the default setting, the camera will take 5 frames per second whether it's in focus or not.
FPS Rate+ AF forces it to slow down hoping to get more frames in focus.
Focus sets the camera to fire only when in perfect focus. It slows you down some, but it will save you from deleting all the blurry ones.
Try this and let me know if it works for you with a comment.
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It could be condensation inside the lens. It could be a problem with the focusing. It could be other mechanical/optical problems with the Sigma lens. If the problem persists after the lens has thoroughly dried out, take it in to a reputable camera shop and have it checked out by a qualified technician.
Change your metering mode to spot metering. Focus on your subject with half-press of shutter button...hold that press while you re-compose the picture and press the rest of the way. See if you get better results.
lets start with the basics, try hard reseting it and try again, if that doesnt work then try upgrading your firmware (if possible on your camera) and if that doesnt work then it may be the lens, but dont forget to spend a few hours trying to find a option for it in the meny
You may want to consider fine tuning the lenses. I understand that you want the shallow depth of field, but the lens is sharpest at the middle f stops. What is the comparison between a stationary object like an apple or grape (something with a circular shape). I understand you have a higher shutter speed, but the small movements of a person could cause variances in a single focus mode. Are you using the half-shutter press for focus or the AF-E button? Tripod? Remote shutter release?
I asked about the distance relative to the lens length because the DOF can really change based on this. I have found this recently with my macro work so I wanted to find out if you have experimented with this or fired a bunch of shots at a single setup.
Your camera settings may be off. The D200 is very flexible when it comes to personalizing your settings, but they can be hard to navigate.
Try resetting using the built in reset feature. This will not affect your personal settings but may clear any unwanted changes. To do this, find the "QUAL and +/- " buttons on the top of the camera. Hold them both down for a few seconds. The top LCD blinks then the camera is reset.
This resets things like resolution, White balance and ISO settings.
Next, try setting your metering matrix to the middle position. Not the top and certainly not the bottom postion. This switch is located on the right side of the view finder.
If your lens has a "M/A - M", use the M/A setting.
There are three settings for focus. C, S, and M, located on the front of the camera next to the lens. Set your camera focus to "S". This will set it up for still subjects and prevent the sensors from tracking things that move. Also set on the AF area mode switch on the back of the D200.
Try these settings. If your images are still out of focus, you may have other issues that may require servicing by an authorized Nikon facility.
OK guys, it seems to be the lenses motor which for some reason burns out. I put a Nikkor 50mm 1.4 mm AF(great lens by the way) on the d200 body and it works fine. I sent the 18-200 in for repair and I won't tell you how much they wanted to charge me to fix it, thank God it's still under warrantee. Suggest you all try out another AF lens on the D200 body to see how that works. If ok then send in your boom lens and pray that your not over the 1 year warrantee limit.