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Nikon D850

Experience Report: Adjusting Autofocus Accuracy with the Nikon 105/1.4E

See Sensor Resolution: Technical Challenges in Exploiting It.

This page walks through the process of getting a lens to focus accurately on the Nikon D850, in the field and in a way that can be applied most anywhere without needing special targets. It shows before (“out of the box”) and what a huge difference it can make to use the AF fine-tune feature, that is, an unusable blurred image to a beautifully crisp one.

Two samples of the 45-megapixel Nikon D850 have shown a flange focal distance error with my Zeiss lenses that might be related to two Nikon AF lenses being so far off as to deliver unusable images out of the box—the 105/1.4E and the 14-24/2.8G.

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  • Make better images by learning how to get the best results right away.
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  • Workflow discusses image organization, raw conversion and post processing. Many examples show processing parameters for direct insight into how the image was converted.
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  • Aperture series from wide open through stopped down, showing the full range of lens performance and bokeh.
  • Optical quality analysis of field curvature, focus shift, sharpness, flare, distortion, and performance in the field.

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Variants LiveViewRef, AF_Unadjusted, AF_Plus_6, FA_FarToNear, FA_NearToFar, AF_Minus_20, AF_Plus_20 available in full article

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