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    645Z-Is Fine AF lens tuning always expected.

    I know I must be more thorough, but after reading many of D&A's postings, I realize he AF Fine Tunes each and every lens.

    Questions--

    Do you have to AF Fine Tune each lens on each 645 body or just copy over the initial data to a second body?

    If primarily shooting landscape, do you start with AF fine tuning at infinity?

    If using the 150/2.8 for portraits do I assume you fine tune that lens at nearest distance first?

    Any and all suggestions welcome since I do believe I have LOTS of work to do in a relatively short period of time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by algrove View Post
    I know I must be more thorough, but after reading many of D&A's postings, I realize he AF Fine Tunes each and every lens.

    Questions--

    Do you have to AF Fine Tune each lens on each 645 body or just copy over the initial data to a second body?

    If primarily shooting landscape, do you start with AF fine tuning at infinity?

    If using the 150/2.8 for portraits do I assume you fine tune that lens at nearest distance first?

    Any and all suggestions welcome since I do believe I have LOTS of work do do in a relatively short period of time.
    Hi Lou,

    As I often say...its a bit hard at the moment to post anything lengthy at thr moment since I'm both on my cell phone and at work...but I'll give it a go. Yes, if you have two bodies, often times their AF null point is different, so AF fine tune must be done on both boides with any given lens.

    It may be convention to AF fine tune at the min focusing distance of a lens and any shot taken at longer distance whereby its lightly off, should have the larger depth of field at longer distances covering up for any discrepancy. Also lens should be adjusted wide open. This is how it generally wprks with most 35mm DSLR's. Yet as I might have pointed out in older postings, I found better success with regards to 645 lenses, by AF fine tuning a lens wide open at mid distance range. It varies from lens to lens but it's.a good starting point.

    I do believe that if you use a lens such as the 150mm f2.8 mostly at portrait distances , you could fine tune lens at that distance for best performance, but depending how much adjustment thr lens requires...ypu might be off at infinity (depending which way you have to adjust AF fine tune (neg or positive direction). I've had instances whereby a lens actually didn't quite focus at infinity if adjusted at close range.

    After you fine tune a lens, I'd recommend then double checking for accuracy at 3 different distances...min, mid range, and infinity. You might have to re-adjust based on results and pick a compromise in the actual setting.you settle on.

    All files should be examined at 100%. Many don't examine at this magnification and don't realze they are not getting max sharpness from. their lenses.

    Legacy lenses most often need critical fine tuning as there is much more variabilty between lens samples vs. the newer WR lenses.

    Needless to say all these adjustment should be performed using a tripod.

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    Re: 645Z-Is Fine AF lens tuning always expected.

    Thanks Dave
    As I suspected, I have lots of work to do.

    I understand your comment about starting at mid distance, but with wides for example I will want near, middle and far in focus and usually dial in a high f stop number to give me plenty of depth of field where I want all distances in focus. I would put the infinity symbol center about one f stop below what I manually dial in just as a safety factor.

    Also on the Z there is a selection called "Program Line". Its default is auto. C4 menu (Menu Reference p. R18) brings it up, but appears it only works with "P" mode which I would seldom use as I normally use M mode. However, if I were to use P mode then I would select for landscape the DOF priority (deep). Since I have never seen MTF charts for Pentax 645 lenses I would not choose "MTF priority" although that does sound intriguing.

    Just wonder if anyone has had positive experiences with this "Program Line" setting.

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    Re: 645Z-Is Fine AF lens tuning always expected.

    Lou,

    I use LensAlign and FocusTune with my Nikon D810 to fine tune focus for each lens with the camera. I was surprised by the amount of lens-to-lens variance there was and by the magnitude/value of fine tuning necessary for precise focus. Lesson learned.

    Your question has prompted me to plan to use the same setup with my 645Z and lenses. As you may know, the LensAlign and FocusTune tools are designed to be used at closer focus distances than Dave recommends for the 645 lenses. I'll use those tools as a starting point and evaluate my results. Stay tuned.

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    Re: 645Z-Is Fine AF lens tuning always expected.

    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Colson View Post
    Lou,

    I use LensAlign and FocusTune with my Nikon D810 to fine tune focus for each lens with the camera. I was surprised by the amount of lens-to-lens variance there was and by the magnitude/value of fine tuning necessary for precise focus. Lesson learned.

    Your question has prompted me to plan to use the same setup with my 645Z and lenses. As you may know, the LensAlign and FocusTune tools are designed to be used at closer focus distances than Dave recommends for the 645 lenses. I'll use those tools as a starting point and evaluate my results. Stay tuned.

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    Hi Lou and Joe,

    Thats the both interesting and confusing thing about using lens align/focus tune when used to AF fine tune Pentax 645 lenses (especially legacy lenses). It makes logical sense to AF fine tune at minimum or close distance (lens wide open) with these tools simply because depth of field for a given lens is at its minimum when focus is set for closest distance (and lens is wide open). As I explained in my post above, when a lens is fined tuned this way, any slight variance in focusing accuracy or even focus shift, will be covered at greater distances by the increase of the depth of field (as focusing distance increases). One would then conclude that at infinity where depth of field is greatest, most any focusing error would certainly be covered. Unfortunately that was not the case in a good number of legacy lenses.

    There apparently was a wide varience of how each sample of legacy lens focused and exactly focusing what distance focusing was optimized for. Most of these lenses were constructed and put together in the film era and as such, tolerances were somewhat sloppy. I found with some lenses when adjusting at minimum focusing distance, longer subject focusing would be way off. I'm still not sure of the theory behind this but often times when adjusting a lens at close range, said lens might either not reach infinity focus or might even overshoot it, and correct focus could not be achieved.

    It was at this point that I moved back the focusing distance as a starting point, where I first fine tuned a lens and then depending on sample, would check and readjust at different distances if necessary. Compromises often had to be made with some lenses, in order to get acceptable accuracy at close, mid distance and infinity.

    Keep in mind fine tuning is done with lens shot wide open. In addition to the growing depth of field at longer focusing distances, the depth of field naturally is bigger when using the lens atopped down. Therefore if one uses their legacy lens at say f9, and also at longer distances, and didn't af fine tune their lens, they may never notice that their lens was "off" or possibly not reaching its full potential.

    The one exception to all this was the Pentax FA 120 macro. All samples seem to require almost no AF fine tune. Due to the nature of this lens being a macro lens and thus optomized for min close focusing distance to be exceptional in the macro range, Pentax was very careful to adjust these lenses for near perfect accuracy in focusing. One cannot afford a focusing error where lens is used with a depth of field of an inch or so (in macro range).

    Conversely, some of the longer telephotos needed a great deal of AF fine tuning. Part of this is due to the varience too in 645D bodies.

    As time went on...the current 645z bodies are factory adjusted to much closer tolerances than the 645D as are many of the lenses now being produced today and as such, AF fine tune is not as critical but I believe still necessary to get best performance.

    This is much like the story of early Leica M8 bodies and legacy leica lenses made in the film era. Inaccurate focusing was all over the place and both bodies and and lenses had to be sent in to be adjusted. Since the 645D was Pentax's first 645 digital medium focmat body and it was being used with lenses adjusted in the film era, it too was prone to severe misfocusing with certain samples of lenses combined with bodies that weren't carefully adjusted for "null" (neither front nor back focusing).

    As others has aptly pointed out, these annomolies/focusing discrepancies still exist with current Nikon bodies and lenses for example after so many generations of digital bodies and lenses designed in the film era.

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    Re: 645Z-Is Fine AF lens tuning always expected.

    I have Lens Align (LA), but not Focus Tune (FT). Will check into it.

    My LA kit says what to do and then import results into LR and viewing at 100% minimum and basically determine the best correction number..

    I did that first with my FA 150/2.8 at 2.8 and it needed no adjustment. Being the lazy guy I am, I assumed that my new lenses like the 25, 28-45, 55 and 90 were made for the 645D/Z so they must have tighter tolerances and did not bother with them since it seemed like I took a solid two hours to get LA all setup and zapped off abouit 10-15 shots and took a look in LR. So that was one lens on one body.

    I am thinking I had better get out the older glass and check starting with LA in the house and do some 100 foot testing close by. Inifinity will have to wait, but to me that will be most important for landscape work.

    Since I have 2 bodies this will all take forever, but if I want to extract maximum advantage out of this system I better to it NOW.

    So to recap what I must do.

    1. Start with LA for all lenses on both bodies. To be sure I do not screw this up I assume I set in the C4 menu, and select "Apply One". I see it says the camera will take up to 20 individual lenses!
    2. Do this for all lenses wide open and on both bodies.
    3. Then download all results into LR and determine the best setting.
    4. Then do mid-distance and download and check in LR at 100%. Is 200% just over kill?
    5. Finally do infinity and download and check in LR at 100%.

    Now to get even more specific. I must assume for each lens at whatever distance I start with zero correction and then with each successive shot go +1 to +10 and -1 to -10 for each lens and both bodies.

    Also Dave you mention to recheck. When?

    The most important unanswered question to me is--What correction value to I use? If wanting infinity for a specific lens do I then change the Apply One number to my best infinity correction> Then if mostly mid-distance do I then change to my best mid-distance setting?

    Also if shoot very wide and I have near say 3-5 feet, and mid at say 100" and I also want infinity in clear focus, what correction number do I use? I can see a vote for using the near number, but with that I might chance getting near and mid, but without infinity in focus. However if I use mid I could miss the near and for me having a near subject out of focus might ruin the shot.

    Sorry this sounds all to simplistic, but I want to try to get this right in my mind before traveling over 10 hours (ground+air) to my next shoot and mess it up.

    I am sure I missed something, but luckily with Leica I have never had this issue come up thatb I was aware of, but then again I use larger f stop[ numbers for landscape and maybe just lucked out all these years.

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    Re: 645Z-Is Fine AF lens tuning always expected.

    Hi Lou,

    If I omit answering all your questions, its simply that it took forever to type my previous posting on my cell phone and not at a computer. So I'll address the most salient points in no particular order. Let me just say with the Leica system, especially in the early days of thr M8 and M9 and with many legacy lenses...there were many many instances of incoorect focusing. Many though didn't notice or know what to look for or possibly didn't examine their files at 100 percent.

    No need to use 200%...100 is sufficient. What you outlined above is mostly correct. You can use lens align at minimum distance and then check focusing accuracy of your files in LR at 100%. After doing so I would urge you to recheck focusing accuracy at mid distance and infinity in any case.

    With regards to af fine tune in the camera, use the setting of "one" lens as you indicated for up to 20 lenses. I generally start by testing at -10, -5, 0,+5,+10. Then I examine my files at 100% to narrow down the range I need to set. Lets say the best focusing is between 0 and +5. I then would go back and check every # between 0 and +5 for that lens and again look at files at 100%. If say you had two different 645D bodies...you would absolutely need to do all testing on both bodies. Given that the 645z bodies are nulled with better consistancy, you might want to risk testing one body and use same settings for the other. How close that 2nd body is, is anyones guess.

    If you have a given lens that is important to use at a specific distance (say infinity), and best performance at infinity is not achieved when adjusting lens at closer distances, you can opt for optomizing that lens fine tune focusing for that critical distance it will be used at. Keep in mind though that other docusing distances with that lens may be way off. Again its often a compromise.

    Again one would assume fine tuning at close range with lens align would be sufficient since any longer focusing distance would have a larger depth of field which would cover for any discrepancy as would stopping down a lens to say f9. Unfortunatelt that was not always the case.

    A fellow forum member had tried many samples of a given pentax 645 lens on his 645D and if he optomized for close range, his corners at infinity for landscapes were awful. Some of this had to do with lens sample...the rest because optimizing at close distances didn't quite work for infinity subjects. Strange indeed.

    Keep in mind you are using the 645z and so far less varience should be observed with these bodies vs. The 645D....although there is the issue of legacy lens variability.

    Oh forgot the most important step. After all testing is done, immediately go to nearest tavern and have a cold one...no make that two! You're going to need it and don't be surprised if you swear off all photography for quite a while and take up knitting as a hobby. .

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    Re: 645Z-Is Fine AF lens tuning always expected.

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    Thanks for the continued input.

    Knitting-NO, but 2 beers=YES!

    Still not clear in my mind if I vary my corrections based on subject matter, i.e., use + or - X for near, + or - y for mid distance and yet another correction setting such as + or - z for infinity if using the same lens under varying conditions. Don't know if I made myself clear just now. Perhaps I should have a beer and rephrase it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by algrove View Post
    Dave
    Thanks for the continued input.

    Knitting-NO, but 2 beers=YES!

    Still not clear in my mind if I vary my corrections based on subject matter, i.e., use + or - X for near, + or - y for mid distance and yet another correction setting such as + or - z for infinity if using the same lens under varying conditions. Don't know if I made myself clear just now. Perhaps I should have a beer and rephrase it.
    Lou, sit down and have one beer prior to reading what I write (below) and then another after reading it

    The problem is if say you adjust a particular lens and settle on a plus (+) or minus (-) setting while adjusting focusing at close range and then afterwards test at infinity and find it needs a different plus (+) or minus (-) adjustment anf set it to that new setting....it will throw off your original close range focusing. The 645z only allows you to imput one setting for each lens. Thats why I urged testing the lens at mid distance as an average setting for distance when first determining the AF fine tune setting for a given lens and then retest at both close range and infinity if the accuracy is close.

    If it was like Nikon or Canon af fine tune, then simply testing at minimum distance should be enough to cover the entire focusing range nut as I explained earlier, this doesn't quite work reliably with Pentax 645 lenses in their mediun format digital bodies.

    Ok, at this point you should be starting to pour that 2nd beer as instructed...LOL.

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    Re: 645Z-Is Fine AF lens tuning always expected.

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    Now those are instructions I finally like and will follow to a T. Beer and more beer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by algrove View Post
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    Now those are instructions I finally like and will follow to a T. Beer and more beer!
    Lou I found it strange that you questioned my instructions and methodology regarding af fine tuning but when it came to following instructions when and how to drink beer, you followed those suggestions to a "T" and had no issues at all...Lol!

    I couldn't help but tease you. Lou its my fault if my instructions weren't clear. My last few lengthy posts were done while I was typing at work on my cell phone and my explanations weren't always clear.

    Please let me know how it goes and if you have any additional questions just ask.

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    Re: 645Z-Is Fine AF lens tuning always expected.

    Thanks Dave. I have started the process and while sipping a beer last night I was trying to figure out where I should consider mid-distance for landscape purposes. It could be all over the map and of course can vary with different lens selection. This might take more beer than I have in the fridge so now I must go shopping before starting this arduous task.

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    Quote Originally Posted by algrove View Post
    Thanks Dave. I have started the process and while sipping a beer last night I was trying to figure out where I should consider mid-distance for landscape purposes. It could be all over the map and of course can vary with different lens selection. This might take more beer than I have in the fridge so now I must go shopping before starting this arduous task.
    Lou, mid distance focusing setting for a wide angle lens would obviously be somewhat different than for a long telephoto. Personally I'd put mid distance for a say a 50mm focal length lens around 25-35 feet , so that its aort of in the middle range of its focusing scale. It doesn't have to be precise but different than aay its min focusing distance and also its infinity focus setting.

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    Re: 645Z-Is Fine AF lens tuning always expected.

    Quote Originally Posted by D&A View Post
    Lou, mid distance focusing setting for a wide angle lens would obviously be somewhat different than for a long telephoto. Personally I'd put mid distance for a say a 50mm focal length lens around 25-35 feet , so that its aort of in the middle range of its focusing scale. It doesn't have to be precise but different than aay its min focusing distance and also its infinity focus setting.

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    Thanks. So if I put the mid for a 25-28 WA at 15-25 that sounds OK. Conversely for a 90 it might be 45-55 and a 150 it could be 75-100 with the 300 mid point coming in at around 150-175 feet.

    Sound like good gueses or would you change any. I was basically calling the nearest mid point at 50% of FL. Of course these comments are made prior to sipping my afternoon beer(s) in contemplation of doing all this "work".

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    Re: 645Z-Is Fine AF lens tuning always expected.

    Hi Lou,

    Those figures for the midpoint sound reasonable but you do know after a few beers, those estimates will keep changing...LOL!

    Seriously a precise midpoint range isn't critical but what is important is that both the midpoint and infinity focusing when the lens is tested wide open "is". The closest focusing point of a lens is hardest to get perfectly accurate (when shot wide open), since the depth is smallest at that setting. I did though find some samples of lenses most often off when shot at long distances than at any other focusing distance. Why that was I could never precisely figure out. That's why I suggested not to rely solely on Lens align alone at close range.

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    Re: 645Z-Is Fine AF lens tuning always expected.

    Dave,
    On near adjustment I am just using the Lens Align tables for FF cameras and converting my 645 lenses to 35 equivalent for thispirpose. That's the best I can do. Michael Tapes said he is trying to get his hands on a 645Z in order to run it through his analysis, but I do not have time for that.

    So it sounds like I am going to be walking around with 3 sets of data for each lens for each body and then dial in the correction needed for whatever shot I am attempting.

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    Re: 645Z-Is Fine AF lens tuning always expected.

    I fully understand Lou about three sets of data...although thats a lot of data. I wonder after all is said and done whether for each given lens your three AF fine tune settings for each individual lens...are roughly the same. In other words are the AF fine tune aetting for min distance, mid distance and infinity of each given lens fairly close? I found in many instances they were...with a few very consitant exceptions.

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    Re: 645Z-Is Fine AF lens tuning always expected.

    OK, So I started with the 28-45/4.5. I am using lens chart from Lens Align (LA), where LA suggests with a 22mm on a FF Nikon for example one should do the near distance at 1.8 ft. The 28-45 documentation says closest focusing is 1.32 ft so I seem to be OK there. I am measuring from front element to the face of the LA chart as opposed to measuring from the focus plane of the sensor. It will do 28 35 and 45 FL measurements even though the lens also shows 32 and 40mm.

    I have centered bullseye and all is good. Now I sip a beer.

    Using LV I take the shot on M mode at f4.5. Then in review at 100% (x13 on the 645Z) I arrow to the right side to see the DOF scale and it looks really good since the front and rear scales are very close. It seems 1 or 2 notches will zero it in pretty close. So I guess that is nearly perfect. Plus I am thristy again. Any suggestions?
    I'd send you a PM except underlined user names I cannot do on this site.
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    Hi Lou,

    From what you described, the 28-45 zoom seems really good and I would expect that, as its a very recent addition to the Pentax 645 line of lenses. Just double check thr zoom at infinity. Use the same focal lengths you used when testing close range. It may look sharp at 100% at infinity using the close distant settings for af fine tuning, but that doesn't mean that by tweaking the AF fine tune, you can't improve upon the image sharpness.

    I'll be curious how your legacy lenses work out too.

    One last thing I forgot to mention. Only have beer nearby to sip when you're fine tuning the newer WR lenses. Stay completely sober and away from drinking while working with legacy lenses since they are not waterproof (weathet resistant) . I actually think thats what Pentax had intended when they designed WR medium format lenses...LOL!

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    Re: 645Z-Is Fine AF lens tuning always expected.

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    I am starting out with the newest lenses I have decided since they are mostly my go to lenses, i.e., 28-45-,55, 90. Then comes long legacy glass. Thanks again for all your hemp. Will keep you informed.
    Lou

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    Makes sense to 1st test the lenses you use most often. Are you comfirming if focusing is off by using cameras autofocus to 1st focus a lens wide open at a given distance and then determining acccuracy via focus peaking?

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    Re: 645Z-Is Fine AF lens tuning always expected.

    Quote Originally Posted by D&A View Post
    Makes sense to 1st test the lenses you use most often. Are you comfirming if focusing is off by using cameras autofocus to 1st focus a lens wide open at a given distance and then determining acccuracy via focus peaking?

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    Yes, AF wide open aiming at LA . I guess I could do what you suggest.
    But I am taking shots so that I can later use Focus Tune software for evaluating best nesr focus setting. But I do use replay and then zoom in to see what worked with various settings.
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    Quote Originally Posted by algrove View Post
    Yes, AF wide open aiming at LA . I guess I could do what you suggest.
    But I am taking shots so that I can later use Focus Tune software for evaluating best nesr focus setting. But I do use replay and then zoom in to see what worked with various settings.
    Sounds good Lou. Often it was long distance accuracy with legacy lenses shot near their max. apature that seemed to have the moat difficulty.

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    Re: 645Z-Is Fine AF lens tuning always expected.

    Quote Originally Posted by D&A View Post
    Sounds good Lou. Often it was long distance accuracy with legacy lenses shot near their max. apature that seemed to have the moat difficulty.

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    Do I assume the 300/5.6 and 150/2.8 are included above?

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    Re: 645Z-Is Fine AF lens tuning always expected.

    The 150mm f2.8 definitely but that was one of the legacy lenses I found that had very good consistancy from sample to sample. Still its a fast f2.8 lens with minimal depth of field when shot wide open. I didn't test enough samples of the 300 f5.6 lens to get a consensus, but the 300 f4 absolutely required af fine tuning.

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    Re: 645Z-Is Fine AF lens tuning always expected.

    Well, what a day and not a sip of beer yet. I had to scrap the Focus Tune feature since 645Z files do not export EXIF data containing the AF Fine Tune setting number. So I reverted to the old manual method. So near is completed. Now onto mid distance next.

    The only 2 lenses that were different from all the others was the 150/2.8 and the 80-160. None came out perfect to my eye, but we will see how other distances go.

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    Lou, how far off in focusing accuracy as well as what a given user can accept of course varies. Simply put, many legacy lenses I tested did not fall in the relm of acceptabilty unless adjusted by a notable and fairly significant amount. Everyone's milage will vary.

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    Re: 645Z-Is Fine AF lens tuning always expected.

    With the exception of the 150 and 45-85 all lenses came in at -10 and I wish it had -20 just in case. The 2 exceptions came in at +10. So much for near focus. No beer involved here either. Oh, both camera bodies registered identical.

    Is it stupid to setup the Lens Align for medium focus distance if I am working at distances out to 25-30 feet?

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    Wow -10 is quite a bit. Thats why af fine tune especially with 645 digital bodies I believe is so important, and of course with regards to the legacy lenses. I too always wished that it went to -20 like Nikon bodies and thought when the 645z came around that they would expand from the original 645D.

    My question to you were these settings required at min focus? If so I'm curious what if anything changes at infinity. I wouldn't use lens alight at mid or infinity. At mid tange set up aome sort of targets) to shoot at.

    You do know with a few good strong beers, the over riding concern will be what time the tavern closes...not the af fine tune settings

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    Re: 645Z-Is Fine AF lens tuning always expected.

    Quote Originally Posted by D&A View Post
    Wow -10 is quite a bit. Thats why af fine tune especially with 645 digital bodies I believe is so important, and of course with regards to the legacy lenses. I too always wished that it went to -20 like Nikon bodies and thought when the 645z came around that they would expand from the original 645D.

    My question to you were these settings required at min focus? If so I'm curious what if anything changes at infinity. I wouldn't use lens alight at mid or infinity. At mid tange set up aome sort of targets) to shoot at.

    You do know with a few good strong beers, the over riding concern will be what time the tavern closes...not the af fine tune settings

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    I have some very nice German Hefe Weizen glasses that could make good targets.

    Midrange starts tomorrow since right now I have to make another beer run. I'm debating selling here and moving closer to Total Wine.

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    Re: 645Z-Is Fine AF lens tuning always expected.

    Don't forget Total Wine got its beginnings here in the mid Atlantic region.

    Keep in mind you might come across the situation where a lens or lenses say needed -5 setting when used at close range but only a -2 for example when used at infinity. Often times a compromise setting is required. With 35mm DSLR's, most of the time you use the min distance af fine tune adjustment and let the larger depth of field shooting at infinity cover any descrepancy in focusing at infinity. UnfortunatelyI found this doesn't always apply to some 645 lenses utilizing this method. Lets see what you fine at longer distances first.

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    Re: 645Z-Is Fine AF lens tuning always expected.

    Well, i was lazy and tried all at mid distance, about 30 feet, and nothing changed so next is infinity.

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    Re: 645Z-Is Fine AF lens tuning always expected.

    Quote Originally Posted by algrove View Post
    Well, i was lazy and tried all at mid distance, about 30 feet, and nothing changed so next is infinity.
    Lou, see what infinity shows. I have some thoughts regarding selecting 30 feet as the mid distance range for aome of the tested lenses...but permit me to reserve comments until you finish infinity testing. Thx so far for the informative feedback.

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    Re: 645Z-Is Fine AF lens tuning always expected.

    I see I did not follow my own suggestions as for mid point distances. Rain and bad weather have hampered my efforts somewhat. I leave in a couple of days and have lots of "other stuff" to do before departure. So will manual focus if I have to, which I often prefer to do anyways. I found the focus peaking less than ideal for trees and vegetation, but I put a little yard flag I stiffened with cardboard and stuck between some dark pavers and then I could see the focus peaking looking like snow where in focus and not in focus. I wish the focus peaking had color selections since white is very hard for me to see well. I tend to like the red as on the Leica M.

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    Re: 645Z-Is Fine AF lens tuning always expected.

    Agree Lou that focus peaking ia not perfect on the 645z but adaquate. You picked up my thoughts regarding that 30 foot distance for the mid distance point. Somewhat shot for certain longer focal length lenses. With time constraints its understandable you can only do so much testing prior to your trip.

    Funny thing though is there is always enough time for one more glass of good beer

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    Re: 645Z-Is Fine AF lens tuning always expected.

    Beer is easy-open fridge, pop top, pour into glass if German and begin drinking. Lens calibration is so boring it almost puts me to sleep, but as you know it takes some effort to do this even with 5-6 lenses. I will probably work on it after sunrises when I would not be doing much else except for hunting for better sunrise/sunset locations and taking the occessional M246 shot. I can get more enthusistic when doing that than here at home messing with flags on patio pavers.

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    Re: 645Z-Is Fine AF lens tuning always expected.

    As boring and tedious as lens testing can be, I keep reminding myself what it was like to do the same sort of thing in the film era. Rolls and rolls of film shot in each lens testing session and then of course the task of developing and printing. I often preferred using print film as opposed to transparencies for this use and still much to the chagrin of famy members, have boxes upon boxes of now mostly useless printed images from lenses tested going as far back to the 70's.

    Want to know which f stop and focal length gives highest resolution in the then state of the art angenieux 28-70 f2.6-2.8 lens and at what distance, just ask. LOL!

    Excessive lens testing can become some form of disease of which the only cure is to stop and have a cold one (or two). Sadly the cure is only temporary...LOL!

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    Re: 645Z-Is Fine AF lens tuning always expected.

    You know I'm lucky and unlucky as far as old transparencies and negatives/prints go since Hurricane Andrew in 1992 took it all away in one evening. What I miss most were my National Geographic quality lionesses and cubs shot in Amboseli during a very early morning sunrise. Nikon with either 500 mirror or 80-200.

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    Re: 645Z-Is Fine AF lens tuning always expected.

    Thats heartbreaking when you lose irreplaceable cherished items such as you described. Sometimes no matter how many precautions we take, the inevitable happens.

    Some would say look at the bright side and make every attempt to recapture and better previous images lost and the new adventure brings new memories and satisfaction.

    Of course cherished personal images such as family members who are no longer with us are the true loses when their captured images are lost as you described. Those situations are truly unfortunate.

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    Re: 645Z-Is Fine AF lens tuning always expected.

    This was back at a time when there was no digital and no electronic backup.

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    Re: 645Z-Is Fine AF lens tuning always expected.

    Of course with digital, a multitude of backup will eleminate complete loss but a unique problem with digitial is when a card goes corupt between capturing images and download or somewheres else like when writing files to cards turns out to also be corupt. Dual card slots of course hopefully addresses the issue so unfortunately nothing is foolproof.

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    Re: 645Z-Is Fine AF lens tuning always expected.

    Dual cards slots and dual cameras. That's the best I can do.

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    Re: 645Z-Is Fine AF lens tuning always expected.

    Took a few thousand images from Teton to Yellowstone to Beartooth Highway to Dinosaur NP and Fantasy Canyon.

    Had a strange thing happen on both cameras regarding using the new Sandisk 64GB 280mb/s cards. Perhaps emmanated from using the card in a reader that was not setup for dual rows of contacts (like the card has), but lost many images from first few days. (Used Rescue Pro at home to get most, but not all back). Then switched to my old stand by cards the 64GB 95mb/s and all was OK for rest of trip.

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