Is there any legitimate way to check the autofocus settings short of spending $75 on that focus card thing I've seen. I'm assuming that once I check it, I'm not going to have to do it very often. Would like to avoid that cost if there's another way.
>See post #8 here: > >https://www.nikonians.org/forums/dcboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=329&topic_id=7663&mesg_id=7663&page= > >Ultimately, for me, the best way to check your AF system is to >use is a lot (go take a lot of photos). If you have a problem >you are likely to have consistently out of focus images. > >If you believe you have a problem then the quick test Brian >suggests can help you confirm it. > >Jason Briantilley's suggestion in #8 sounds perfect. I can use my Foba stand that has a smooth horizontal slide with friction locks that I can take the photos with and compare.
OK. Don't laugh. I'm all set up, following Briantilley's procedure (three photos, one in center, lock focus etc.
I can't remember how to autofocus the first shot, then lock the focus without having to hold down the AE-L/AF-L button continuously while I move the camera.
I've managed to take a few photos, but gripping the camera pressing the button is shaking the camera. If you autofocus, then immediately flip the focus switch to M, will that hold the focus where it was? I can't really tell.
The main thing is to avoid the trap of using a target that might cause a focus inaccuracy. https://nikoneurope-en.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/4585 Brian's advice could perhaps do with an update for cameras with a fine tune facility. With a fine tune camera having taken the first shot moving the camera is not needed. Apply some fine tune (the same as changing focus distance), make sure the image is out of focus, refocus and take a second shot.
Photography is a bit like archery. A technically better camera, lens or arrow may not hit the target as often as it could if the photographer or archer does not practice enough.
If I understand you correctly, you were using the "Live View" feature...?
If so, then just be aware that Live View uses a completely separate AF system. It's good (though not surprising) that it proved accurate, but it doesn't tell you anything about how well the "normal" AF system is working.