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Out Of Focus Shots on Mini 3 Pro

Dark Boomer

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I just had a photo shoot with 125 photos (25 brackets of five photos) and EVERY SINGLE PHOTO was blurry. Not a single photo was acceptably sharp.

The major concern is that I thought I was doing everything right. I was in AF and was using tap to focus. I was pretty far away (about 100 to 200 feet) focusing on a house, and at that distance, I think there should be enough depth of field to have everything in focus. But everything was blurry.

The other thing about this was two days before I was on another shoot and took a couple hundred photos (again, I usually use AEB in five shot brackets) and the focus was fine.

The main difference is on the day that I ended up with blurry shots, it was very hot (about 100-degrees fairenheit). It was a BIT gusty, too. But the shutter speeds were very high as well.

The only other time I have had focus issues that were similar to this was one occasion a few months back when the weather was much more mild (around 65 to 70 degrees).

I haven't had a chance to test again since then.

I checked the camera lens and there isn't any dust / dirt / bugs on the lens. I am not using a filter on the camera lens either.

The SD card is a Samsung Evo U3 V30 128GB

I shot in RAW + JPG. Both the RAW files and the JPG's are blurry. The RAW file for the sample shot below is 23.5MB in size.

I just don't understand how EVERY shot can be blurry as I was touch focusing before each set of bracketed shots.

The example shot has a 1/2000 shutter speed, so it is unlikely to be motion blur.

focus-1.jpg

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Hint, always tap the screen to adust focus.
 
Hint, always tap the screen to adust focus.
Hi there, and thanks for the reply.

The baffiling this is that I DID always tap the screen to adjust focus.

Also, I made sure that the palm of my left hand was NOT accidentally touching the screen.

The problem also is that the sun was glaring down on the screen, and I had a lot of sweat in my eyes and on my glasses, so it is really difficult to look at the screen and tell if the shots are blurry or not.

And another thing... sometimes when I touch the screen to focus (or set exposure), occasionally nothing happens and I have to touch it two or three times, or touch it in a slightly different spot. Is that because the camera is already focused at that spot?

Thanks in advance for any other help.
 
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Hi there, and thanks for the reply.

The baffiling this is that I DID always tap the screen to adjust focus.

Also, I made sure that the palm of my left hand was NOT accidentally touching the screen.

The problem also is that the sun was glaring down on the screen, and I had a lot of sweat in my eyes and on my glasses, so it is really difficult to look at the screen and tell if the shots are blurry or not.

And another thing... sometimes when I touch the screen to focus (or set exposure), occasionally nothing happens and I have to touch it two or three times, or touch it in a slightly different spot. Is that because the camera is already focused at that spot?

Thanks in advance for any other help.
One thought because you mentioned 'temperature'. The mini 3 pro is prone to lens fogging (mines a bugger for it) and the results when it's a mild case of fogging are that the shots look out of focus. Bad cases and the output looks like you've been flying through smoke.

This drove me nuts for the first Autumn and winter. Tried all the suggested fixes uploaded to YouTube and it was still happening.

What sorted this out for me was replacing that daft, useless bit of plastic that's supposed to act as a lens hood with a quality optical glass UV filter, which acts as a thermal baffle between the air and the outer glass of the camera housing.

Related posts from other users in hotter, more humid countries show that you don't have to live in an overcast ice-box (that'll be Britain then...) for this to occur.
 
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The baffiling this is that I DID always tap the screen to adjust focus.

And another thing... sometimes when I touch the screen to focus (or set exposure), occasionally nothing happens and I have to touch it two or three times, or touch it in a slightly different spot. Is that because the camera is already focused at that spot?
You shouldn't need to tap the screen at all unless you have elements of the scene that are at very different distances.
Then you tap the element that you want to be in focus.
For scenes like the example you posted, autofocus should be able to handle it without any input from you.
Try shooting without touching the screen and see if that works out better for you.
 
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