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    RAW+JPEG sharpening setting?

    While I am new to using a digital SLR, I have shot with a Canon AE-1P SLR film camera for many years. I enjoy Jeff's SLR reviews very much and have one question. I am interested in purchasing a new Canon XSi (there are still a few available online) but am a bit concerned by Jeff's comments regarding soft JPEGs at the default settings. I plan to shoot using the RAW+JPEG setting. My question is this: Can you increase and set the sharpening level for JPEGs to 4 or 5 while you are shooting in the RAW+JPEG mode? Or can the sharpen settings only be changed when shooting in JPEG mode only? Thanks much!
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    Everyone complains about "soft jpgs straight from the camera".

    As you mention there, are settings to change the sharpness for jpgs. It will not affect the RAW files, though.
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    I don't know the model but would be confident sharpness & compression level would be customizable.

    NB sharpness settings don't translate from one piece of software to the next so it may not be a 4 or 5, it could be a radius and amount etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PJ1960 View Post
    My question is this: Can you increase and set the sharpening level for JPEGs to 4 or 5 while you are shooting in the RAW+JPEG mode? Or can the sharpen settings only be changed when shooting in JPEG mode only? Thanks much!
    You can probably change the setting, but it will only affect JPEG output. You'll find a corresponding setting in your RAW converter.

    Sharpening doesn't necessarily add more detail, and risks adding artifacts. I just got a new LCD TV, and to my surprise, the default "50%" sharpness level left horrible halos around everything, easily discernible from across the room. Apparently people like that? I turned it down to zero and now the picture looks nice.


    Here's a question: why is high sharpness considered such a virtue? A light touch is usually better, and what a light touch is depends on your output: big prints, small prints, screen viewing, pixel-peeping.... all require different sharpening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattdm View Post


    Here's a question: why is high sharpness considered such a virtue?
    No doubt most people associate sharpening with a sharp lens.
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    Totally agree Matt. Also had to do the same with my new TV.
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