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Whats the most you would fine tune focus a lens before you decide to return it?


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lewys Registered since 07th Jun 2011
Tue 28-Jun-11 02:03 PM | edited Tue 28-Jun-11 06:46 PM by lewys

Hi, first post here.

I have just bought a second hand Sigma 70-200 2.8 II (non OS) and it is front focusing.
I payed £299 (they go for around £580 new here) and if i use the fine tune focus which is built into the camera i have to set it to +17 to get it about right (it goes to +20).

I have bought 3 of these lenses which i have got online before and everyone of them has front focused on my d90 and d7000 so i have sent them back. Is there a problem with most of the 70-200 sigma's or am i just unlucky? It isnt my camera as i have tried it on two of my bodies and even took it to a near by camera store for them to look at and it has happened on the bodies they use too.

Like I said, this one is £299 and i cant really afford to pay full price at the moment for a brand new one and it seems to be fine when i use the fine tune focus but i was wondering if +17 is too much to fine tune it by.

Should i stick with this second hand one and carry on using it with fine tune focus or should i return it and just save up and get a brand new one in a couple of weeks?

Thanks a lot