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Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G ED

Focus Shift: Nikon 14-24 Across The Frame, Focus f/2.8 vs f/5.6 (Cabin)

This Nikon D800E + Nikon 14-24/2.8G example should be of considerable interest to anyone shooting interior or exterior architecture or landscape. Or anyone who might want to optimize the autofocus adjustment to put the 14-24 more into its proper place when focused at f/2.8 but shot at f/5.6 - f/11.

See Detecting and Mitigating Focus Shift in Making Sharp Images.

Background

Users of the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G continue writing me over time— some claiming they see no issue, others with relief that they finally understand why the 14-24 is “soft”. Some even go so far as to ask “do you have a bad sample, since mine does not focus shift”. Which is an absurd idea since the optical design does not change from lens to lens; focus shift is not a function of sample variation.

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