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03-10-2011, 11:58 PM   #46
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You should also try checking your AF fine tune settings and maybe adjusting it for that lens. I found that my shots became much crisper with my FA 43mm Ltd after I adjusted it +8. I'm not sure if your K-x has it in the menu system as my K-5 does, but I would think it should.
Shots using a flash or in bright light the camera's have no problems achieving proper focus, its in lower lit conditions, and tungsten light sources.

Myself, I prefer to manual zoom indoors for shots of the kids, because I do not trust the FF problems of the K-5.. I am looking into getting a Katz Eye focusing screen. They are bit pricey, but when you figure it helps EVERY shot you take in manual mode be as crisp as your going to get from the lens you have on, its well worth it.

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What aperture are you using on the fa50?
This lens doesn't get sharp till 2.8
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The last photo I used f5.6.
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QuoteOriginally posted by wizofoz Quote
You might also want to have a go at making a cheap and cheerful OBF diffuser. It works well.
It can be as simple as holding up a sheet of white paper above your lens if you can shoot that way. I had the Gary Phong Puffer and it barely helped, but it was handy to just clip on. Wish I didn't waste my $25 on it and put it towards the Metz Microblitz 58 AF-2 I ordered.

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Nicole, how has the FA50 performed with other photos (static subjects) you have taken with it?
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50mm FA Practice | Facebook < these ones have been practise shots

And these ones are of a model friend of mine Jennifer 25th Feb 2011 | Facebook

These have all been shot with the FA 50.
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Ok some of those look fine focus wise and some look a bit soft too.
But also facebook isnt the best place to show work as quaility is lost in the upload process.
Get a flickr account, its free
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Okies, have a look at my smugmug portfolio then Nicole Wells' Photos | SmugMug

I'm starting think I'm just not cut out for portraiture at all.

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well the ones i assume are by the tammy (55mm from the exif) are sharp as...

soo... i would be guessing its the 50... and it needs some adjustment. Now when you said about the keyboard, were you hand holding? you could also set the camera up on a benchtop so it shoots straight at an object / objects so you take any body movement out of it.. and make sure you test under bright daylight.. not tungsten / artificial light. you may have a case that its misfocusing during bright daylight but the DOF is hiding it, and when you shoot slower you notice it (ie indoors under daylight) but if you test under artificial it could front focus itself back to correction if that makes sense?

i wouldnt be hard on yourself looking at those pictures... mine are far worse

Steve

edit on further looking at smug mug... mine are far far far worse!

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The last photo I used f5.6.
The hair looks sharp, if you are sure you focused on the eyes, do you know how test for front focus/back focus. Do the tests in both artifiicial and outdoors in broad daylight.
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Check your AF Fine tune?
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It does make some sort of sense, I'll try taking it out tomorrow, kids permitting and taking some more shots of my eldest with it and see how that goes.

I figured it must just be my error, I should probably test out my M50 as well in the same sort of situation. I just wish my tripod hadn't gotten stolen At least I have remote shutter release so I can utilise that.

I didn't think taking nice sharp portraits should be this hard!
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Check your AF Fine tune?
There is no AF fine tune in the K-x
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I have K-x it doesn't have a fine tune feature, I tried last week taking photos of lines on a newspaper and it focused on the lines I was actually focusing on. I might have to go back to using the tammy instead. How do you fix a lens problem like that?
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Without the adjustment feature on the K-X you may have to send your camera and problem lens away to pentax to get it calibrated. Or , Im not sure but you could look at running your K-x in debug mode to make an adjustment?
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