>I really like Zeiss lenses, and try to use them whenever I >have time for manual focusing. >I try to use the green dot, but it is VERY unreliable. > >Question: is it possible to adjust the D800E to know it is >getting a new lens to accept the Zeiss? Particularly the >Zeiss 25mm f2.
My most used lenses on my D800E are Zeiss 21 and Zeiss 100 macro. I rarely if ever use the dot for the same reason. I am on a tripod 100% (Landscapes and panos) of the time with these lenses and liveview is the way to focus. It takes the work out of manual focusing.
>>I really like Zeiss lenses, and try to use them whenever >I >>have time for manual focusing. >>I try to use the green dot, but it is VERY unreliable. >> >>Question: is it possible to adjust the D800E to know it >is >>getting a new lens to accept the Zeiss? Particularly the >>Zeiss 25mm f2. > > >My most used lenses on my D800E are Zeiss 21 and Zeiss 100 >macro. >I rarely if ever use the dot for the same reason. >I am on a tripod 100% (Landscapes and panos) of the time with >these lenses and liveview is the way to focus. It takes the >work out of manual focusing.
I have the same experience, although using the Zeiss 35mm f2, I got pretty good results with the dot. That is what prompted my question. I never use the 100 f2 without a tripod, just hoping I could duplicate my experience with the 35.
Fri 15-Mar-13 06:56 AM | edited Fri 15-Mar-13 06:58 AM by curvedslider
I use my D800E with my Zeiss 35/2 and 100/2 MP all the time. I'm sixty and my eyesight is not as good as it once was but still have no trouble at all manual focusing these lenses. Never use the green dot as it's unreliable nor live view, just the screen to focus. I do find the DK-17M eyepiece helpful though.
I use the Zeiss Makro-Planar T* 50mm f/2 ZF.2 with my D800E. I hardly use the green dot to confirm focus. Rather, I rely on my eyesight to confirm screen focus and that has worked very well for me. I've used this focusing approach on a tripod and hand-held...and am very pleased with the results.
Ok, I will see if using the screen (I presume you mean thru the viewfinder?) vs Live view works. I have a big Zacuto magnifier which I use with live view, but right now I am frantically trying to get ready for a gallery show and must go back and re shoot the scenes and get it right this time. thanks for the replies, guys.
The "green dot" is indeed not sufficiently precise for sharp manual focus, but I think it is quite accurate. You may want to try focus bracketing, that is take a picture when the green dot just comers on, one in the middle and one when the dot is about to turn off. I have found that this procedure is quite effective for getting sharp captures.
I believe that in the case of the 25/2 the green dot stays on for over a wider distance range than for the 35/2 due to its smaller focal length which leaves more room for error.