> >These chart pictures are not cropped .....I have hundreds of >photos at different distances and angles with all 3 D7000 >cameras and it makes no difference with the results...... >Using live view is always sharp and through the viewfinder the >focus point is always soft.....I can use the camera with a >-20 focus adjustment with the Nikon 80-200mm 2.8 AF-S lens >even though the focus is still a little off however if I turn >off the focus adjustment the pictures are way to soft.
In the AF fine tune menu, there is both a saved value and a default value. Saved value is for individual lens, default is the global value for all lens.
If your saved value for individual lens is maxed out at -20, then set the global default value also to -20. Then you have a total of -40. Looking at your chart, you are not that far off. -20 should have been able to fix it.
When I first got the camera, I spent an afternoon thinking it was not focusing properly. Maxed out all the values, got the chart to read right, but pictures were still all off. Turned out I was using the wrong technique. Reset everything back to zero, use the right technique, and it was all fine. I was not using spot focus was the main problem. Good lighting is also important.
After using Morie pattern, 45degree and Nikon, I end up always use the Nikon method http://benmlee.com/Digital_Camera.htm to set focus. Is the easiest and when everything are taken into consideration, is also the most accurate. The targets are all perpendicular to the camera, so there is much less chance for error.