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Nikon D500 help... bring me up to speed please

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Hello,

 

I have been shooting a Canon for about 10 years. I got a Nikon D500 recently. It came with the kit lens 16-80mm. I also got the Tamron 150-600mm version 2. I spent a couple of nights going through the owners manual and fumble with the buttons and thumb wheels. The user interface is overwhelming at this time. I am fumbling through it now.

 

Attached are two pictures. I took today. The duck is a heavy crop at 600mm. No cropping on the log. If there are any tips that you can share to help me get up to speed, please share with me.

 

1. Does this camera have a custom Dial saving option? In my canon, there is C (custom) dial. I could set the camera up and it will save the settings. The settings are setup for bird in flight mode. Shutter speed at 1/1600, ISO 400, and F8. So far, I have not been able to find the custom setting in this Nikon D500. I wonder if it is in the menu somewhere.

 

2. Should I try to do a micro focus adjust for each lens? But I am not sure as the terminology are slightly different (AF-Fine Tune pg 305). "AF Fine tuning is not recommended in most situation and may interfere with normal focus use only when required.

 

Thank you for you help,

Young

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Hi Young,

 

I have been using D500 for the last couple of years, but I don't recall there is "custom setting" or "user setting" options to remember certain set of parameters, at least I personally never used on this camera (I did use "User setting", those U1, U2 when I had my Nikon D7000 years ago).

 

As to the Micro Focus adjustment, aka AF-Fine Tune in Nikon world, I would say it's more an feature for prime lenses since their focal length is fixed and once the AF-Fine Tuning is done for that focal length, it will be accurate thereafter. The camera will remember only one single AF-Fine Tuning value for the particular body+lenses combination. But for zoom length, it's not easy since each AF-Fine Tuning will need to be set for different focal length, e.g. your 150-600 lenses, if you use at 600mm all the time, yes, you can fine tune at 600mm, F6.3, the camera will save that value for you once the AF-Fine Tune is complete. But when you zoom out at 300mm, e.g, that saved AF-Fine Tune value might not be applicable anymore. But this is not the reason that Nikon suggest you not to fine tune, I do AF-Fine Tune for all my prime lenses.

 

If you suspect your camera+lenses AF is off, what you can do is use your Tamron's Tap-in to adjust the lenses (at least for that Tamron lenses), that will give you the capability to tune at least 3 different focal length, e.g. you can tune the 600mm, 400mm, 200mm, etc. if these are the most frequently used focal length. 

 

Hope this helps.

 

Eric

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Thanks Eric

 

i will have to look check the focus on the tamron and see were the focus is. I didn’t  know tamron has a tap-in. I will have to look into that if my focus is way off. 

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Took some pictures off a focus test chart. I placed the chart on the floor. the camera is on a tripod and the VR is off. 1/125, F8 ISO auto. Set the timer to 6 seconds. Seems OK, except at 150mm

 

At 600mm

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At 400mm

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At 200mm

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At 150mm (it has trouble seeing the focus line)

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Absolutely perform the fine tune auto focus adjustment. I have the 150-600 V1 and before I tweaked it I was ready to get rid of it. It made all the difference in the world.  You need to perform it on a good day at 600 mm and 1/1600 or faster, f 6.3, iso 200.  The target needs to be on a level plane with the lens on the tripod ~75 feet from the lens.

 

All of the bird pics I post here are with the Tammy. The Hummers and backyard birds on a tripod, the Eagle shots hand held.

 

This parrot was taken at 170mm hand held (lens fine tuned at 600 mm). The Egret at 300mm, also hand held.

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I agree with Rick.

 

Our Tamron 150/600 mm was basically unusable before we fine tuned.

 

It's still marginal at some settings, but spot on at 600mm where we use it 95% of the time.

 

To me all your test charts show a bit of front focus.

 

 

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On 5/5/2019 at 6:13 PM, Plug and teaser said:

I agree with Rick.

 

Our Tamron 150/600 mm was basically unusable before we fine tuned.

 

It's still marginal at some settings, but spot on at 600mm where we use it 95% of the time.

 

To me all your test charts show a bit of front focus.

 

 

I did a -15 to get this result. It is my first time ever doing a micro fine focus adjust. So I am not 100% sure I did it correctly.

 

@ 600mm

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@ 400mm

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@ 200mm

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After doing the auto AF fine Tuning, it turns out that I do not need any micro adjustments with the Tamron lens. What might finally helped was setting the AF Area Mode to Wide.

 

Now I am getting more consistence focus subjects.

 

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