Nikon D3400 Blurred photos

6 months 3 days ago #727790 by MikePhoto
I'm new and have been trying to take photos from Nikon D3400, lens AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G but photos always seem to be blurred. I've tried manual, automatic etc but no luck. Camera & lens are brand new so less chance of anything wrong with it. I must be not using it right.

Camera settings in auto mode

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NEF image
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MsejiqzNW1XRM_tj9coHbNGAlkqspKVF/view?usp=sharing

Any suggestions?


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5 months 3 weeks ago #728326 by Photo Amigo
Hi Mike, have you cleaned your glass front and back on your lens?


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5 months 3 weeks ago #728332 by Nikon Shooter
Blurred describes a lack of sharpers due to movement… which is
no the case here. I look like a severe case of back focus with no
acquisition.

I would suggest an AF Fine Tune if your camera has that option.

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5 months 3 weeks ago - 5 months 3 weeks ago #728333 by Nikon Shooter
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5 months 3 weeks ago #728338 by MikePhoto

Nikon Shooter wrote: Blurred describes a lack of sharpers due to movement… which is
no the case here. I look like a severe case of back focus with no
acquisition.

I would suggest an AF Fine Tune if your camera has that option.


Yes you are right, it's not blurred photo as I've come to learn since I posted this thread. It's certainly focus issue. I've been trying manual and auto focus since then and have found some success in getting it better. Manual seems to be better for me than auto mode. Someone suggested some settings on another forum which I followed and works up to some extent. 

I'm yet to get a perfect shot though. 

Here is a recent photo I took which is better than first but I'm still missing with focus. I normally focus in the centre of products.

Any suggestions on how to fix my focus issue?



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5 months 3 weeks ago #728339 by MikePhoto

Photo Amigo wrote: Hi Mike, have you cleaned your glass front and back on your lens?


Yes I did, I don't think there is issue with cleanliness. 


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5 months 3 weeks ago #728340 by Nikon Shooter
As I suspected, the focus is rendered on the transformer at the back and I am
sure this was not the chosen point.

All my cameras MUST go through AF Fine Tune procedure with ALL my lenses.

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5 months 3 weeks ago #728342 by MikePhoto

Nikon Shooter wrote: As I suspected, the focus is rendered on the transformer at the back and I am
sure this was not the chosen point.

All my cameras MUST go through AF Fine Tune procedure with ALL my lenses.


Wise words, I wish someone could have told me that in the first instant itself. D3400 doesn't have AF tune. I'll Google on how to get it done. Thanks for reply.


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5 months 3 weeks ago #728346 by Ozzie_Traveller
G'day Mike

With a 35mm focal length lens, it will quite easily give you good sharpness range via depth of field. To check focus accuracy, the lens needs to be pre-set to about F4 ... F5 sort of range. This will be in "A" aperture mode (obviously) where the camera does the rest

Some suggestions ...
1) try a simple focus check first .... put a thick black line on a newspaper sheet and stick it to a wall. Mount the camera on the tripod at about 45 degrees to the wall and in MF mode focus very carefully on the black line - take the picture

2) With the camera on AF mode, walk around your yard and take 1/2-dozen images of things that are -not- moving ... bricks - tree trunk - car wheels etc. and again on the computer screen, chesk for focus accuracy / sharpness

In each case, examining the results on the computer screen will tell you whether the focus point in the viewfinder equals the focus point at the sensor

Hope this helps
Phil from the great land Downunder
www.flickr.com/photos/ozzie_traveller/sets/


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