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Jay968 wrote:
Snapsy...question...
How does setting the final AF fine tune point to the middle of the accepted range account for the 1/3 2/3 rule?


When tuning to a 2-D target the distribution of front/rear DOF will follow the 70/30 rule or whatever the natural optical/CoC distribution is for a given shooting scenario. When tuning to a 3-D target like LensAlign the balance can be changed to suit one's preference, like the 50/50 balance many prefer. I made a short mention of this in the 'Additional Notes' section near the end of the DotTune video.



Feb 25, 2013 at 02:59 AM
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Jay968 wrote:
I have been using about 7 feet at the 50mm setting on my 24-70. All my post tuning tests have been done at a pretty large sampling of distances as I want to be able to see what happens at any distance if I tune anything. Even at the same 7 foot distance my results are off unless I do it manually. For instance, my manual tuning results in a +6 for that lens. Dot Tune results in -4 which does not produce sharp results at that 7 foot distance at 50mm. BTW if I do casually observe the results,
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Hmm...have you retried DotTune today with the lens and body set to AF and configured for back-button focusing, as described by Michael?



Feb 25, 2013 at 03:02 AM
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Yes, actually I spent a good part of today trying it, retrying it and re-checking my manual settings.

Sorry to be a pain about this. For whatever reason it just seems to not be working for me. I have only tried the one lens so far though. I need to try it with another.



Feb 25, 2013 at 03:27 AM
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Jay968 wrote:
When you 'tuned by eye' was this by looking through the viewfinder (or LCD), or did you view on a larger monitor, or better yet make some prints?


I tried two different approaches; I was using an inclined target similar to a ruler or the commercially available lens tuning aides. The problem with this approach - my fault probably - was I was shooting too close to the target, in addition to judging results by eye.

The second effort involved shooting a planar subject square to the camera. My guess is I was far too close, again, for this to work well, but still I was able to determine a range of acceptable values. Had I made notes of the upper and lower limits of that range, and then picked the middle point, maybe I'd have got the same results as FoCal or DotTuning. Instead, I sifted through 40 different tuning values times 5 or 10 images per tuning value, eliminated groups which had no or few in-focus images, eventually whittling them down to just a few from which I picked the group that returned the best focus quality and the most in-focus images.

I did not keep notes of that process but I thought it was sound. It is very likely that by coincidence a group near the outer range happened to look best to me at the time, probably by virtue of the test conditions. Again, had I marked the lower and upper bounds of what seemed to be generating acceptable (but not necessarily "the best") images, and then divided that range in half and used that value, maybe I'd have achieved the same results as FoCal or DotTuning. Instead I was too focussed on picking groups which appeared to achieve maximum focus quality. I think this may be a common trap by those new to autofocus tuning, like me.




Feb 25, 2013 at 06:10 AM
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Jay968 wrote:
Yes, actually I spent a good part of today trying it, retrying it and re-checking my manual settings.

Sorry to be a pain about this. For whatever reason it just seems to not be working for me. I have only tried the one lens so far though. I need to try it with another.


It's no pain at all. Can you try a different lens to see if you get better DotTune results? Preferably a large-aperture prime? Just to give us a baseline and eliminate the zoom from the equation for now.



Feb 25, 2013 at 07:02 AM
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snapsy wrote:
My pleasure.


I've mentioned it before but I think both Canon and Nikon have a wider range in VF confirmation than it otherwise should in order to make focusing with manual lenses easier and faster, basically adding some slop to make the in-focus point faster for photographers to find, and your discovery dovetails perfectly with this.


Not sure that my observation conflicts with this idea. When using some of the wonderful old MF Nikkors with a really long focus throw, I find that the VF "meatball" indicator stays lit for only a small fraction of the focus rotation. For newer MF lenses with considerably less focus throw one should observe even more "sensitivity" to the focus ring position.

A related question: is there any application of this tuning technique that can be applied to MF lenses?



Mar 02, 2013 at 04:09 AM
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blumesan wrote:
A related question: is there any application of this tuning technique that can be applied to MF lenses?


I would like to know this as well.



Mar 06, 2013 at 08:51 PM
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kwoodard wrote:
I would like to know this as well.


It seems it's not needed. MF is dependent on the photographer's visual acuity.



Mar 06, 2013 at 09:36 PM
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James R wrote:
It seems it's not needed. MF is dependent on the photographer's visual acuity.


You can use DotTune on MF lenses, at least on Canon bodies. On Nikon bodies when the lens or body is set to MF (or implicitly via a MF lens), the firmware significantly expands the in-focus range of the VF confirmation, making it much less precise but also easier to focus, particularly for lenses with poor focus rings.



Mar 06, 2013 at 09:40 PM
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snapsy wrote:
You can use DotTune on MF lenses, at least on Canon bodies. On Nikon bodies when the lens or body is set to MF (or implicitly via a MF lens), the firmware significantly expands the in-focus range of the VF confirmation, making it much less precise but also easier to focus, particularly for lenses with poor focus rings.


I have read what you have posted about MF significantly expanding the in-focus range of the VF confirmation. However how do I reconcile this with my experience with some long focus throw MF Nikkor lenses (see post above). The VF "meatball" seems very sensitive to the focus ring position even with such lenses.

In any case, I assume the procedure would be to
-manual focus using eyeball + magnification in live view
-switch off live view and check VF indicator (using AF-ON button & half press of shutter)
-check at various positions of fine tune adjust and select middle of range.

Let me know if this is correct.
Thanks.



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snapsy wrote:
You can use DotTune on MF lenses, at least on Canon bodies. On Nikon bodies when the lens or body is set to MF (or implicitly via a MF lens), the firmware significantly expands the in-focus range of the VF confirmation, making it much less precise but also easier to focus, particularly for lenses with poor focus rings.


See you point. I don't use the green confirmation when MF, so, I never considered it.



Mar 06, 2013 at 11:37 PM
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blumesan wrote:
I have read what you have posted about MF significantly expanding the in-focus range of the VF confirmation. However how do I reconcile this with my experience with some long focus throw MF Nikkor lenses (see post above). The VF "meatball" seems very sensitive to the focus ring position even with such lenses.

In any case, I assume the procedure would be to
-manual focus using eyeball + magnification in live view
-switch off live view and check VF indicator (using AF-ON button & half press of shutter)
-check at various positions of fine tune adjust and select middle of range.

Let me know
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The expanded range of focus confirmation observed between MF/AF is in terms of AF tune units. The difference in confirmation in terms of focus-ring throw will depend on the particular lens and its focus ring characteristics. Yep, the procedure you list is correct.



Mar 06, 2013 at 11:52 PM
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p.4 #13 · p.4 #13 · DotTune: New AF tune technique, no photos required


I just wanted to thank you for the Dot Tune Method.
I shoot a D800 and have fine tuned my 300mm f/4 and 500mm f/4 with and without TC's with your method.
I also have the Lens Align kit. The Dot Tune method was so much easier and gave me results very close to Lens Align.

Now if I could only get my 500mm to find tune with 1.4 or the 1.7 TC, I would be very happy. I can not get a confirmed solid focus with either TC on the 500.
The 500mm f/4 VR versions and the 1.7 TC start to give me a solid dot with the adjustment at +20 and the default at +19.

The TC's work great on the 300mm , but not on the 500mm.



Again, thank you for your time and efforts .

Birdie



Mar 16, 2013 at 03:32 PM
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Suggestion as to the size of the reschart print? Thanks.


Mar 20, 2013 at 02:41 PM
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blumesan wrote:
I have read what you have posted about MF significantly expanding the in-focus range of the VF confirmation. However how do I reconcile this with my experience with some long focus throw MF Nikkor lenses (see post above). The VF "meatball" seems very sensitive to the focus ring position even with such lenses. .


I'm not sure how an AF focus tuning system can be used in conjunction with MF lenses, which by their very nature obviate the need for AF adjustment ! Maybe I'm missing something here.

Anyway I used quite a few older MF lenses on the Pentax K7 and then K5 and now use Zeiss lenses on the D800. To assist in accurate MF you do need to take the 'range' of the VF 'in-focus' indicator into consideration and find out .. for each of your MF lenses .. when turning the focus ring, from which direction focusing is most accurate. For every one of my lenses there is one direction that gives consistent sharp focus (when the VF 'in-focus' indicator lights up) and one direction that doesn't. You need to know which direction this is for each lens as it does vary.



Mar 22, 2013 at 12:49 AM
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I've been trying this technique this morning with my lenses. Maybe I'm doing somethng wrong, but no body/lens combo is giving me a green arrow and all te pictures look sharp. Is there something I am doing wrong or am I simply lucky? Bodies are d7000, d800 with 24-120, 70-200 and 500.


Mar 24, 2013 at 02:55 PM
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bipock wrote:
I've been trying this technique this morning with my lenses. Maybe I'm doing somethng wrong, but no body/lens combo is giving me a green arrow and all te pictures look sharp. Is there something I am doing wrong or am I simply lucky? Bodies are d7000, d800 with 24-120, 70-200 and 500.


Do you mean you're getting a confirmation at -/+ 20? Are you making sure to leave both the body and lens set to AF while you perform the DotTune?



Mar 24, 2013 at 05:45 PM
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I'm not following the discussion here regarding manual focus lenses ...

Can fine-tune adjustment values be set in the camera's menu for manual focus lenses?



Mar 24, 2013 at 10:33 PM
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snapsy wrote:
Do you mean you're getting a confirmation at -/+ 20? Are you making sure to leave both the body and lens set to AF while you perform the DotTune?


So do I tune the AF both ways untilI don't get a confirmation light in the viewfinder? That's not how I was reading the instructions so I may have missed that.



Mar 25, 2013 at 02:37 AM
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bipock wrote:
So do I tune the AF both ways untilI don't get a confirmation light in the viewfinder? That's not how I was reading the instructions so I may have missed that.


Right, you tune in both directions, finding the last AF tune value in on both sides that give a continuous confirmation, then take the midpoint of those two values.



Mar 25, 2013 at 02:40 AM
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