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mikeinctown - you, the other two guys up top and myself clearly all need to learn how to use a camera. After digging some more, I suppose the verified buyers that also had the same problem at BH and Amazon also need tutorials on how to use a camera.
Just for clarification and further details of what I have experienced....
Shooting the S35 on a 5DIII set to spot AF, wide open. Was consistently getting static objects OOF at 2-5 ft. To eliminate myself from the equation, I tethered the rig to my laptop and ran it through Reikan FoCal 6 times and consistently received a result of +14 for adjustment. Started shooting again with the same settings and had a higher hit rate. However, I was still not consistently spot on.
For comparison, I have had a much higher hit rate with the 35L (easily into the 90% range). To be fair, the L also needed a +11 adjustment according to FoCal. To take it one step further, I have even had more consistent results with the 50L (after a +7 AFMA as well) wide open which is known to give a lot of people problems with regard to hit rate consistency. Yes, I am fully aware that shooting with fast primes can be difficult due to shallow DOF. But I have not experienced as significant of an issue shooting wide open with my 24, 35, 50, 85 or the 135 which leads me to believe there is a good chance I have received a lemon.
Again, when it hits, the S35 is a thing of beauty. Just need to figure out what I need to do to make it happen all the time. Going to give it a few more days of shooting before deciding what to do.....