I wanted to be able to focus a little faster while using my manual lenses and tested the accuracy of the focus indicator against live view. All of my lenses ( Zeiss 100mm, Zeiss 50mm Macro, Zeiss 35mm F2 ) focused the same way - all of them back focused. If I relied on the focus indicator the intended target was out of focus and the focus point was behind the target. I could repeat this time after time. If I focused in live view and then checked the focus indicator I found that I was just on the leading edge ( left arrow and slightly blinking focus indicator ). So, if I focused that way using the focus indicator I was able to accurately match live view..... 95% of the time. Even when I was off it was so slight that I don't think it would ever matter as I usually shoot at f 5.6 to f 8. What's even more interesting is that my Nikon 85 f 1.8 focuses very accurately with the focus indicator as long as I leave the micro adjustment activated. If I zero out the micro adjustment it exactly mimics the Zeiss lenses. This is hardly the end of the world for me but my Canon 5D II is dead on when comparing manual focus indicator vs live view. I'm quite sure that this can be adjusted by Nikon but am curious if anyone else has checked manual focus vs live view for accuracy. Could this be an accurate way of determining whether or not the camera itself has a focus issue?
FWIW I use live view with a lupe and always at f 2.8 as this provides, for me, the clearest image on the LCD.