Canon 5D images seem soft
I bought the 5D and have had difficulty getting razor sharp images. I have been using a Canon 70-200 F4 L series lens. mounted on the 5D which in turn is mounted on a tripod. A cable release is being used as well as the mirror lockup. I am using the portrait picture style setting which sharpens the image in camera to a setting of "3". I sent it back for repair once and they indicated that there was a problem which is supposed to be fixed.

Here are my questions:..

Comments (6)

Is it just me, or is anyone else having trouble closing the flap after changing out the batteries or memory card? What am I doing wrong? I have to ask for help each time to close this!..

Comment #1

Take the camera off the portrait mode and keep it on standard, I was told by a very upstanding professional portrait artist NEVER USE the inside portrait mode. If you want the sharpness you can set that but was warned about over sharpening also can actual create fuzziness itself. I also am on my second D5 for the same reason, they just don't seem sharp enough for me, actually they just don't look focused right. I do know the camera is very touchy as we knew with the 3 frame per sec. Not one you want to chase little tots around with in a studio..

Comment #2

Interesting. If you look at the sharpening in the various modes, standard actually sharpens the image more than portrait. Neutral and faithful do not sharpen, portrait is set to sharpen to a level of 2 (what ever that number means), standard sharpens to a level of 3 and Landscape sharpens the most to a level of 4. I think my real issue is exactly what you have pointed out regarding focus. I believe I just need to work on using the appropriate focus points for the type of photography I am doing. The spot focus seems to be the best for me when doing portrait work. Hopefully mine is not a bad camera rather just a bad focusing photographer...

Comment #3

My advice: use RAW and sharpen as you want.

Canon states on their website that portrait mode is making the shots SOFT because of some special needs of portrait shooters. So avoid all the settings, take RAW shoots and get the results you want......

Comment #4

Thanks for the advice. I will delve deeper into to the world or RAW...

Comment #5

I haven't had any trouble with it. Assuming yours is working properly, you shouldn't either. To open, first it slides rearward, then opens out to the right. To close it, just reverse that procedure: close it toward the camera body, (line it up with the slot), then slide it forward to latch. While it's open, take care not to over extend it or otherwise stress the hinge mechanism. I think it's a good idea not to leave it open.

Good luck with it...

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