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slothead Gold Member Nikonian since 12th Aug 2009Sun 15-Apr-12 10:24 AM
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"The best way of focusing non-AF-S lenses"


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I have some non-AF-S lenses that I will want to use on my V1 (I have not yet received my V1 but I am so anxious to get it that I am researching in advance), most importantly my AF Nikkor 85mm f/1.4D. Obviously I will have to manually focus these lenses and am curious about the best way to do so. On my D700, when using MF lenses, I use live view and magnify the view to see the fine detail and manually focus that way. But the V1 isn't able to do that is it? And if not, how do I ensure that the manual focus is precise?

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Vox Sciurorum Registered since 18th Oct 2007Sun 15-Apr-12 09:23 PM
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Newton, US
          

The focus confirmation light works and will tell you whether you are too close or too far away. If you prefer manual focus confirmation, press the "OK" button and the preview image will double in size. The zoom lever will give you two more doublings.

  

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slothead Gold Member Nikonian since 12th Aug 2009Sun 15-Apr-12 10:59 PM
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Frederick, US
          

Hey, that's good to know. Thanks John.

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piniongear Registered since 29th Jul 2006Mon 16-Apr-12 04:39 AM
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You also have an arrow icon in the upper right side of the screen to tell you which way to rotate the lens barrel.
When you achieve focus, a dot appears confirming focus is correct.

This is using the FT1 adapter between the non AF-S lens and body of course and the focus point is only in the center of the screen..... the small square that appears in the center.
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slothead Gold Member Nikonian since 12th Aug 2009Mon 16-Apr-12 11:05 PM
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Frederick, US
          

Thanks Perry. I knew about the single focus point. While it is a compromise, it is better than nothing.

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I found there is a surprisingly large mount of "play" with the focus indicator. I did some testing with my older 50 f/1.4 and found the focus indicator gave some false positives. We're not talking about large amounts - just the ability to move focus small amounts forward and backward without any change in the focus indicator. I don't see the focus indicator as being precise enough for macro work or other close focus applications - you still need to take several images to make sure focus is nailed.


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RRRoger Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his long history of demonstrated excellence and helping other members with equipment, technique and DSLR video in the true Nikonians spirit. Charter MemberThu 19-Apr-12 01:38 PM
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Quote>I found there is a surprisingly large mount of
>"play" with the focus indicator. I did some testing
>with my older 50 f/1.4 and found the focus indicator gave some
>false positives. We're not talking about large amounts - just
>the ability to move focus small amounts forward and backward
>without any change in the focus indicator. I don't see the
>focus indicator as being precise enough for macro work or
>other close focus applications - you still need to take
>several images to make sure focus is nailed.
>Eric Bowles <Quote<<<

Isn't this true of all cameras?
Otherwise, if you had them set for focus priority, it would be very difficult to get the shutter to fire.
I think that is why it is set at "good enough" for most shots.
What would be nice, would be adjustable focus priority for the indicator.

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