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Blur by Manual Focus Error

Visual acuity of the eye coupled with the precision of the mechanical aspects of the camera give rise to a fairly large margin of error in terms of repeatably accurate manual focus.

No one can focus exactly the same each time, even with perfect 20/20 vision.

The focusing screen and blur characteristics of the lens can also exert a strong influence. For example the stock focusing screen on the Nikon D3x or D3s along with the Zeiss 100mm f/2 Makro-Planar just do not play well together— for me, and for a number of other readers. Yet the exact same lens on a Canon 1-series body focuses very easily and accurately every time. The focusing screen is likely to blame, but it could also be Nikon’s viewfinder alignment (it is my experience that Canon does a better job there).

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Nikon D3 indicated that the top image was in focus!
Bottom image was obtained using Live View
Nikon D3 + Zeiss 100mm f/2 Makro-Planar

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