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Blur by Manual Focus Inconsistency

No one can focus exactly same every time, not even autofocus is always consistent.

Example — Leica M9 rangefinder

The ten actual-pixels crops shown below were from 10 frames shot on the Leica M9 with the 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M ASPH. I used a tripod to eliminate any variable except my own eye.

How accurately could I focus the Noctilux? Rather badly! At least on this subject at this distance. Granted, this is f/0.95, and the fine-ness of detail is a challenge for a rangefinder at the distance I shot (perhaps 70 feet). But real life doesn’t provide large high-contrast black and white targets for one’s ease of focusing.

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Focus accuracy with Leica M9 + 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M ASPH

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