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Mitigating Focus Shift In the Field, Nikon 14-24/2.8G (Cottonwood Canyon Cabin)

This case study shows focus shift in the field with the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G, and shows just how much compensation might be needed for an optimal result. See Detecting and Mitigating Focus Shift as well as the other studies of focus shift.

This study uses three different focus points to demonstrate just how pronounced a difference in sharpness can result depending on the point of focus and the aperture used. A blurred image at f/2.8 might well be optimal for f/5.6, and vice versa!

Test scene

Show below is the entire frame as shot.

The Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G was set for 15.0mm zoom.

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  • Depth of field and how to bypass depth of field limitations via focus stacking.
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Test scene at f/5.6

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