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D800 Camera/Lens calibration

blakeboyd

Bend, US
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blakeboyd Registered since 23rd Aug 2009
Tue 29-Apr-14 02:17 PM

I am looking for some feedback on performing AF Fine Tuning on my D800e. I have a fairly (some may say WAY too many) wide selection of AF/Manual/Prime & Zoom lenses and have recently been concerned that some of my images are coming out way too soft. Especially from such a high MP camera as the 800. Some lenses are inherently soft at max focal length, but I am not too worried about this issue in this discussion.

I've read some of the past posts on the topic, but didn't see a lot of info on how to properly adjust each lens accurately in a easily repeated process.

So my questions are:

Have you performed AF Fine Tuning on your bank of lenses, and if so, was the process needed? How much adjustment was your average? 5, 10 +/-?
What method did you use to measure your results? LensAlign, FoCal or ??
What about zoom lenses? At what focal length did you set your tuning at?
With prime lenses, did you calibrate at max, minimum aperture or somewhere in between?
What was your distance between the camera and your target during calibration testing? Did your tuning #'s change if the distance changed? Is so, was it significant?
Lastly (Yeah!), is this process needed on a continual (yearly?) basis? Or once you dial in the right settings, that camera/lens is set for life?

HUGE thanks in advance for all the input and feedback.

Blake

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