Nikon D500 self calibration facility.
Along with the recent introduction of Nikon’s D500 and D5 cameras is the announcement of a new feature which can only help with regards preventing front and back focus issues.
This process is entirely automated and can be initiated in the field. The process is described below and although a welcome improvement it should be noted that in order to ensure consistent results the process should be run several times. This self calibration can only be applied for prime lenses as with all other models which allow for AF-Fine Tune. A lens can only be calibrated for one end or the other when using a zoom lens.
Regardless of this fact it is, as mentioned, a step in the right direction and demonstrates that the manufactures are aware of the issues of front and back focus are taking steps to deal with this problem.
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