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Soft focus with any lens on Nikon D80

I have tried a lot of different approaches to try to isolate and/or fix this problem. I have used 3 different lenses. Set up on tripod. Changed the ISO from one extreme to another. Used Auto ISO, tried both manual and auto focus. I took my camera to a local Wolf camera store and had them check it out. Same results...soft focus even though the image appears sharp and in focus in the VF. I can clean it up quite a bit using software, but I should have to do this. I should be able to get a sharply focused image to start. Any thoughts?

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  • steverobinson Jun 21, 2009

    Sorry, I left that out of the equation. I upgraded to the firmware and re-tested. No Improvement. When I wnet to Wolf today, they tried a VR type lense and it offered no improvement. They tried it on a tripod both manual and AF as well. I have samples if you think they would be helpful.

  • steverobinson Jun 22, 2009

    Here are the particulars: 3872X2592, 1/30s, F/5.6, ISO 400

    Lens: Nikon Nikkor AF 70-300MM 1:4-5.6 G Zoomed to 300mm

  • steverobinson Jun 22, 2009

    All images have been shot using a tripod. No matter shich ISO I use, I get soft focus with 3 different lenses. One of which has VR. Is there a way to do a hard reset of the system?

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Hi.. This is the procedure to do Hard reset... Find the two buttons with green dots next to them on the top right of the D80. They are the +/- * and AF * buttons. Hold them both down for a few seconds. The top LCD blinks and everything is back to normal. If u forget it u may have the resolution or White Balance or ISO or God knows what set to something screwy and spoil all ur shots. u can also face see WB problems on the LCD, but won't notice until u leave D80 at ISO 1,600 from the night before. That's why u should always use reset. Reset leaves the detailed menu tweaks alone. It's smart enough to reset only the big dumb things.. Reset resets flash exposure compensations and sync modes, but doesn't reset any screwy settings you may have made in Custom Setting 22 for remote or manual flash. Reset resets mostly everything tactical, which is mostly you see on the top LCD. It leaves alone strategic items like languages, file numbering and Optimize Image settings..

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Soft focus is usually associated with lens problems, but if you get the same with all lenses, then it can be the firmware .

Below links to firmware upgrade:

D80 firmware: A/ B 1.11 - Windows

D80 firmware: A/ B 1.11 - Macintosh

Nikon D80 EU Firmware Update 1.11

Posted on Jun 21, 2009

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    Ginko Jun 21, 2009

    Please, try reducing a sampless to a Jpeg file less than 150K, and upload here using the Insert Image button on the top bar.

    Tell me also how long ago the camera had been purchased. And if it is still under warranty.
    Since you already went through firmware upgrade, and the tech at the shop tested the lens, then it may be a defective lens control.
    In that case ask for replacement


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I think the only one to fix that is to reset the program or the chips inside by using a program in the system. Because the problems of this in only a soft focus.. i think this is not a reason to make some adjustment but i tell you if you a program to restore it settings, maybe could be better.

Posted on Jun 22, 2009

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