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Old Aug 19, 2006, 3:54 PM   #1
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I had the opportunity to test shoot the D200 today and did some sharpness comparisons with my D70. What I found was interesting.
The D70 seemed to be sharper on aggressive crops than the D200 using the same settings, same card and the same lens. In all fainess I had to set the D200 to ISO 200 to get those settings to be equal. On a pixel zoom I did see an improvement in the amount of detail on the D200 but it was a softer image.
I also noticed that the D200 is a 'warmer' camera, the D70 has more vivid colours. I did the test in JPG Fine as my CS2 does not support the D200 NEF files and I didn't want to go to the effort to edit in Nikon Capture.

My question is- Are others experiencing this softness in the D200? My intent is to use the D200 with my 80-400VR lens for wildlife and the D70 for landscapes with the kit lens. As I was hoping to gain an advantage with the 10 MP coupled with the long lens I am concerned about the softness.
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Old Aug 19, 2006, 4:49 PM   #2
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The D200 does less in camera sharpening than the consumer level DSLR's. Unless you crank in camera sharpening up, most images will require sharpening in post work.
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Upgrade yor photoshop. It will process D200 nef files. With My D200 I don't use any in camera sharpening at all. I use my Nik sharpener after the processing is done. It is always my very last step.

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Old Aug 19, 2006, 9:19 PM   #4
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I have the D50, and from what I've read, in general you should stay away from in-camera sharpening. I do all my sharpening on PP.

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Old Aug 21, 2006, 2:09 PM   #5
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Thanks all. I have upgraded my Photoshop so the .nef files work now.


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Old Aug 21, 2006, 2:10 PM   #6
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Thanks all. I have upgraded my Photoshop so the .nef files work now.


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Old Aug 26, 2006, 1:42 PM   #7
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I agree, with the D200 you might want to up the sharpening. There are also settings on the D200 to improve the vividness (if that is a word) on your images.

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