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12-07-2014, 09:05 PM   #1
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Any other K-3 owners feel like a tri-pod is the only way to get crisp photos?

Just curious if others are experiencing what I am - image blur whenever I take hand held pictures with the K-3. It's slight, but enough to be annoying and doesn't matter if it's the 18-55 kit lens, 43mm ltd or 40XS. Also, it doesn't seem to matter if it is with SR on or off.

I hesitated on pulling the trigger on the K-3 over the K-5IIs but did. As much as I felt the K-01 was an odd duck, I'm starting to feel it takes as good if not better pics (hand held anyway). Am I crazy? Maybe I'm expecting too much...

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12-07-2014, 09:09 PM   #2
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I have many issues with my K-3 but sharpness isn't one of them. Do you have the anti-aliasing filter enabled?
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Can you post some examples? Perhaps maybe it's not the camera, but the user or the technique?
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Are they out of focus soft, or movement blur soft? Are they soft when cropped or pixel peeping, or soft when looking at the full frame?

I'm getting very sharp shots, and I noticed it right away when I started using it compared to the k5. But if something isn't right it shows.

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No problems here. Shot with my DA-L 55-300.


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Perhaps download and have a read of this:

Nikon D800 technical Guide [PDF, 2MB)

It was designed for people upgrading from lower megapixel cameras like the 12MP D700 to the 36 MP D800, and who were encountering some of the issues you have raised.

"While its groundbreaking 36 megapixels give the D800/D800E resolution unrivalled by previous digital SLR cameras, a side
effect of such high resolution is that blur, whether the result of imprecise focus or camera shake, becomes that much more noticeable
. Realizing the full potential of a camera with over 30-million pixels involves a thorough understanding of the
causes and characteristics of blur, careful selection of settings and tools (lenses, tripods, etc.), and working with the best
possible subjects."

The technical guide talks Nikon, but the techniques and technology apply to the K-3 too.
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QuoteOriginally posted by HomeMadeSin Quote
Just curious if others are experiencing what I am - image blur whenever I take hand held pictures with the K-3. It's slight, but enough to be annoying and doesn't matter if it's the 18-55 kit lens, 43mm ltd or 40XS. Also, it doesn't seem to matter if it is with SR on or off.
Yes, several of us have noticed that best results are had with the camera on-tripod. Monochrome mentioned it within the first week after he got his K-3 and I noticed it soon after I got mine. Of course, the same was true with my K10D, but it is much more noticeable when pixel-peeping with the K-3...more pixels to peep at.


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Not me... my photos are sharp and crisp...

12-07-2014, 09:36 PM   #9
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Could this be the problem, as described by Ed at Photo Universe?

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let's see some pics as it is most likely technique related. You should be getting even sharper images vs your K01.
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Mine are good handheld - no issues at all.

Examples DA15 Limited and Zeiss ZK 35/2 both on the day I brought the K3 in New York. Using TAV Mode with the AA filter simulation off, IS on

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Almost always I shoot with fast primes, no problems with sharpness at all.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rawr Quote
Perhaps download and have a read of this:

Nikon D800 technical Guide [PDF, 2MB)

It was designed for people upgrading from lower megapixel cameras like the 12MP D700 to the 36 MP D800, and who were encountering some of the issues you have raised.

"While its groundbreaking 36 megapixels give the D800/D800E resolution unrivalled by previous digital SLR cameras, a side
effect of such high resolution is that blur, whether the result of imprecise focus or camera shake, becomes that much more noticeable
. Realizing the full potential of a camera with over 30-million pixels involves a thorough understanding of the
causes and characteristics of blur, careful selection of settings and tools (lenses, tripods, etc.), and working with the best
possible subjects."

The technical guide talks Nikon, but the techniques and technology apply to the K-3 too.
Starting with K-3 I faced similar problems. It needs to analyze every shot why it happened. The camera is fine.
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Handheld shots,all the way up until 1/10th sec @ 120 mm indoors. No problem at all. Subject blur is the biggest concern. Image Stabilization in K3 is much better than my K10D.
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After upgrading from K5 to K3 I must say – yes, it is more difficult to get sharp, handheld pictures with the K3, even with SR on. I “blame” it on the higher resolution. More pixels also means smaller pixels on the same sensor size, which makes motion blur harder to control. You need to practice!
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