The problem with the hyperfocal distance is that objects in the far background (treated as ~infinity) are on the extreme outer edge of the depth of field. These objects therefore barely meet what is defined to be "acceptably sharp." This seriously compromises detail, considering that most people can see features 1/3 the size of those used by most lens manufacturers for their circle of confusion (see "[COLOR=#afbddb]Understanding Depth of Field[/COLOR]
"). Sharpness at infinity is particularly important for those landscape images that are very background-heavy.