jbtaylor wrote:These are fine shots. I have a hard time getting that kind of sharpness with my a900 on still shots.
Thanks, JB --- These were all shot at 1/2000, the slowest shutter speed I use for action shots where I want to minimize motion blur. I use 1/2000th and faster for rodeo action, other sports, flying birds, active children, and similar. (ISOs were 320 and 400 at ~f 5.6.) To get the maximum light, I chose my shooting position to have the afternoon sunlight at my back. Smoothly panning with the action also reduces motion blur.
Since your comment pertains to still shots, you may want to try a tripod, learning techniques to hold your camera more steadily, using faster shutter speeds, testing your lenses for optical sharpness, and testing your lenses for focus accuracy. You can adjust your camera if a lens is focusing slightly closer or farther than it should be. (Make sure the camera anti-shake control is "on.") I have had very good experiences with the a900, but I had to learn through practice how to use the camera to reduce sources of blur--this applies to any camera.
Also inspect your lenses for internal condensation and fungus growth.
Also, too high an ISO or underexposing an image then boosting exposure in processing will produce high noise (graininess) that will make an image fuzzy.
Experiment and practice to refine the sharpness of your photos. Sometimes I will practice by going to a large parking lot and taking photos of printed signs, power pole wires, and other defined objects that are easy to evaluate for sharpness. (View the images on your computer and use the zoom function for close inspection.)
Hope this helps,