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Old November 12th, 2015, 10:35 AM   #1
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Should I worry about my camera or lens?

Hello All:

Recently I posted about how off I found the witness marks on my Rokinon lenses to be, and the consensus I found was that I shouldn't be too worried about it and shouldn't expect them to be 100% accurate.

But after failing to achieve infinity focus with another lens, I started to worry if my backfocus is off on my camera.

So I took out the Sony 28-135, put up a Siemens star at 8', zoomed in all the way and focused. When I went all the way wide and hit magnification, it was off quite a bit. So I focused wide and then zoomed in. Same thing, by the time I got to the other end of the zoom, focus needed a pretty significant adjustment.

Do the rest of you that have the 28-135 find that it is parfocal?

I don't know how I can test to see if the lens is not parfocal as advertised, or if it is backfocus on camera.

Any thoughts? Thank you.
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Old November 13th, 2015, 02:15 AM   #2
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Re: Should I worry about my camera or lens?

Hi Brian,

I have the Sony 28-135 on the A7s and have not had any issues. The lens is Parfocal. I'm wondering what f-stop you where using and were you hand held or Tripod?
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Old November 13th, 2015, 07:02 PM   #3
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Re: Should I worry about my camera or lens?

That's good to hear that the lens should be parfocal.

I shot my test chart at a F4 at 8 feet on a tripod.

I was actually able to track down another FS7 owner in my city with same setup, so I am now going to test HIS lens on my camera, and my lens on his camera, to nail down where the problem lies. This should be Tuesday.

I will report back with my findings (in case anyone sees similar things in the future).
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Old November 17th, 2015, 07:16 PM   #4
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Re: Should I worry about my camera or lens?

I don't know what on earth I was doing wrong before, but when I went over to another guy's studio to test my camera/lens combo, they worked fine. The lens is parfocal. I also tested his lens/camera and found his lens to be parfocal as well.

I'm going to go with: I had a gremlin in my camera that day.

That's my story and I am sticking to it!
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