« on: December 19, 2014, 09:29:57 PM »
It seems that B&H is currently selling Gitzo GT5532LS tripod for $749 after rebate (the regular price is $1019). Seems to be a good price for a Gitzo tripod that holds 88 pounds.
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Well you have several issues. I think the camera and your gf did reasonably well, but clearly she didn't fully understand what she was supposed to be doing.
The sign on the front of the lectern is fine, unfortunately you are further back, in darker light, out of critical aperture dof and seem to be moving such that the SS was not high enough to stop your motion. You also have some pretty bad noise and jpeg artifacting, so much that sharpening is difficult.
Having said all that I did have some luck with PS Smart Sharpen with the Motion Blur option chosen with an angle of around 11º using a mask on you so the sharpening only adjusted for your movement as the lectern and screen seem shake free.
If you want to upload a RAW file or two to Dropbox and PM me the address I'll see what can be done after removing the noise first. If not then remove as much noise as possible, then open as a smart object, make a layer mask of just you in white, then do Smart Sharpen with Motion Blur selected, play around with the pixels (they are looking for how many pixels you moved), and the angle setting, that is the direction of the movement.
Post a 100% crop of a problem image and I'll tell you what can be done with regular software.
PS has some very good movement deblur algorithms.
Hate to say it, but this is your best option:
Just out of curiosity, are there similar deals around for the D800? I don't shoot Nikon so I don't follow them but I an curious if these sorts of deals on Nikon gear pop up every now and again.
I had a completely different set of paragraphs... and I sounded like a prick... So let's not go down that path.
Let's go hypothetical... if you have the chance to buy either of the two lenses in used-like new condition, which would you choose. Your main focus is portraiture and you don't want to use that money to buy other things.