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Erik Lund

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Re: D850 and D500 auto af fine tune
« Reply #15 on: February 15, 2019, 13:33:38 »
I just spend some time using the auto fine tune on my D850 on various lenses and did some observations, some mentioned earlier and some just plain obvious in hindsight.

Tripod setup must be quite stable, since the whole procedure involves touching buttons unless someone can figure out how to do it remotely

Good AF taget and parallel to the sensor

Sensible distance from camera to target

It's an amazing tool for determining lens performance and consistency, any wear on zoom and/or focus cams show up immediately

Just for reference here ar some numbers

24-70 AFS 2.8 VR E best compromise is a 0

50mm AF-D 1.4 Japan also 0

180mm AF-D 2.8 Latest -10

60mm AFS 2.8 not sharp wide open at any distance

Comparison sharpness test revealed 55mm f/2.8 and 105mm Ais f/4 Micro to be amazing on D850 outstanding even wide open,,,

I was then testing a 70-200mm AFS VR II 2.8 Not my own and it was -18 at 200mm and down below 105mm then suddenly +10 at 70mm good luck shooting with that


Most amazing was to see how well the ancient AF-D lenses was focusing in live view, and after calibration how the D850 was able in AF-C to just nail focus pin point sharp every time hand held and that at an impressive speed, the 50mm AF-D 1.4 Japan super fast similar to 24-70 AFS 2.8 VR E and the 180mm AF-D 2.8 where also really really fast, my conclusion is that the auto focus system in the D850 really has a benefit on the AF-D lenses, so much that I reconsidered and bought a new 105mm AF-D 2 DC instead of the 105mm AFS f/1.4


Usually I study the AF target black and white transitions to evaluate sharpness, resolution and contrast - With the D50 and the above lenses especially the old Ais Micro-Nikkors - I was studing the surface texture of the AF target, even at several meters, quite impressive in my book.
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Re: D500 auto af fine tune
« Reply #16 on: February 15, 2019, 14:47:47 »
Thanks for your tests and observations, Erik !!   

I think you mean the 200/4 Micro Ais. ?


I also experienced the AF-D lenses really shine on the D850.  Not only the already noted 105/2 DC but als the 85/1.4 AF-D 

80-200 AF-D new also works perfect, together with the 35-70/2.8  AF-D.


At the moment I am testing a Nikon D7200, also impressed by the AF-D lenses.

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Re: D500 auto af fine tune
« Reply #17 on: February 15, 2019, 14:55:45 »

Thanks you!


Micro Nikkor 105mm Ais f/4 was the one, I used it for sharpness reference togther with 55mm Ais f/2.8 also manual focus yes.

(I corrected the 100mm to 105mm now ;) )

I don't have the big Micro Nikkor 200mm AF-D f/4
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Re: D500 auto af fine tune
« Reply #18 on: February 15, 2019, 16:16:51 »
Thanks for your tests and observations, Erik !!   

I think you mean the 200/4 Micro Ais. ?


I also experienced the AF-D lenses really shine on the D850.  Not only the already noted 105/2 DC but als the 85/1.4 AF-D 

80-200 AF-D new also works perfect, together with the 35-70/2.8  AF-D.


At the moment I am testing a Nikon D7200, also impressed by the AF-D lenses.

I look forward to your comments about the D7200 and lenses.
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Re: D500 auto af fine tune
« Reply #19 on: February 16, 2019, 18:14:54 »
I also experienced the AF-D lenses really shine on the D850.  Not only the already noted 105/2 DC but als the 85/1.4 AF-D 

That is encouraging! My 85/1.4D struggles with moving children on my D3. If it works well on the D850 then I will hang onto it.