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| p.3 #19 · D800 left focusing problem - is it going away? |
I spoke yesterday with a friend who recently took delivery of a D800 from B&H. He did a test and found the camera has the left focusing problem but decided for the kind of work he does it isn't worth chasing the perfect camera. Out of curiosity, he tried the same test with his D700 and found the SAME PROBLEM. I've no idea what to make of that but my friend is a pro who has been shooting for thirty years and his description of how he did the test suggests his results are accurate. I wonder whether anyone else has tested either their D700 or D600 to see whether they too have a problem?
I think people assume that AF on Canikon cameras is meant to be very precise, i.e. attain critical focus out of the box, I know I used to but it simply isn't the case.
Sure there are some instances where it's particularly noticeable, like with some of the D800's but it's there in any DSLR with AF.
I'd say that the lower res of a D700 makes fornt/back focusing points less apparent and virtually unnoticeable from normal viewing distances of a photo, whereas the high res of the D800 is going to make any inaccuracy very obvious.
If you took a bunch of random DSLR's and AF lenses then thoroughly tested the AF on all of them, there would be slight font/back focusing on all, if not most.
Live view and manually focusing is way more precise but who wants to do that for every single shot...?
Unless you're doing that sort of photography, i.e. scapes and static studio stuff, it would be a major pain.
This is why the identified problem makes no difference to my friend. As a person who has shot for years with LF camera he DOES focus manually and now that he's shooting digital, her relies on live view. When he came back from his last two week excursion in the Sierra mountains, he said he'd taken less than a hundred photos and that six of those are potentially useful to him. I'd have been proud of any of the six but you won't find me truck camping for two weeks hiking up mountains loaded with gear to try to get the sunrise and sunset shots. He left this morning for another trip, his first with the D800. I look forward to hearing about his experience once he returns.