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Old April 1st, 2008, 09:54 AM   #91
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Well did Gerald's routine and back focus is still wrong. Actually after the two EX1s came back from service (first time) the zoom out (wide angle) setting didn't look as bad as it was before service.
Now for the bad news: Whole image be it zoomed in all the way or at widest focal length looks soft. i can't even have a pinch sharp image at telephoto. Another thing is that I can see cyan and red coloration at the edge of some of my subjects. Is that color aberration?
Got a call from SONY and they asked me to send both cameras back for the second time.
Generally it seems that backfocus is not the major issue but achieving a sharp focus in general.
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Old April 3rd, 2008, 02:18 AM   #92
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backfocus control on LCD?

Im am going to buy an EX1 during a vacation in the US and will not have access to an external monitor, hence my question:
Is it possible to judge proper or incorrect backfocus merely on the EX1' LCD, when magnification is switched to 1:1? I will carry a focus chart with me. Thanks in advance.
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Old April 3rd, 2008, 05:51 AM   #93
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Michael,
you can see the backfocus problem on the LCD if you use the expanded focus.
Make sure to turn the focus to the 0,8m stop once you zoomed out, to make sure if there is any difference. Try it with objects that are far away.

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Old April 3rd, 2008, 06:42 AM   #94
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So far, I've not witnessed the typical backfocus problem symptomps with my EX1 - i.e. regardless of the ND filter settings, when I zoom in - focussed - zoomed out to reframe, the focus still held OK.

However, sometimes I'm in doubt when after engaging ND filter with auto iris on, I'm loosing focus. I thought (and would like to still think) this is due to the change in iris opening, which changed my DOF (and with 1/2" sensors it can be more noticeable than with my previous cameras like the V1 which only has 1/4" imagers).

To make absolutely sure, please tell me again what probably has been said many times already: when testing for backfocus problem, do I zoom in and focus for infinity before zooming out? Or does the fact that I'm loosing focus when engaging/disengaging ND with auto iris on also suggest my backfocus needs adjustment? Thanks!
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Old April 3rd, 2008, 07:09 AM   #95
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Piotr,
Itīs pretty easy to check.
Make sure that iris is set to manual and that ƒ1,9 is set. Adjust the brightness of the picture with the shutter speed.
Zoom in to an object thats very far away. Focus. Zoom out and see if your pictures is still sharp.
After you have zoomed out also turn the focus to the 0.8m stop and watch if the image gets sharper. If it does - your backfocus is off. If it gets blurry when turning the focus - its probably o.k.

When you checked your backfocus before - did you have the aperture wide open? Did it open further when you engaged auto iris?
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Old April 3rd, 2008, 07:47 AM   #96
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When you checked your backfocus before - did you have the aperture wide open? Did it open further when you engaged auto iris?
Yep - that's the point. I never noticed striking softness when reframing, therefore I assumed my backfocus is OK. Only now, after I invested in a 50" HDTV as a preview device and watching some of my recordings again, do I notice that sometimes when engaging ND, my focus gets soft untill I compensated - but still, I think the autoiris was on and it simply opened up, thus decreasing DOF.

Nevertheless, I'm going to perform the proper checking procedure as you described, Gerald. Thanks!
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Old April 3rd, 2008, 08:01 AM   #97
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I think hopefully a qualified camera tech will chime in here and maybe make some helpful comments.

It is possible with a PD150 to blow the image all out soft and furry if an overbright image is laid on the CCD and controlled only with shutter speed.

Unless the experiment is carefully controlled, it may be possible for a self-fulfilling "false" backfocus defect to be generated in the EX1 in the search for one, genuine backfocus faults in some cameras notwithstanding.
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Old April 3rd, 2008, 08:30 AM   #98
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Gerald, can the LCD's expanded focus moved to the corners of the frame to control focus there as well?
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Old April 3rd, 2008, 08:32 AM   #99
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Michael,
unfortunately this is not possible - its only a center zoom.
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Old April 3rd, 2008, 08:37 AM   #100
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I think hopefully a qualified camera tech will chime in here and maybe make some helpful comments.

It is possible with a PD150 to blow the image all out soft and furry if an overbright image is laid on the CCD and controlled only with shutter speed.

Unless the experiment is carefully controlled, it may be possible for a self-fulfilling "false" backfocus defect to be generated in the EX1 in the search for one, genuine backfocus faults in some cameras notwithstanding.
Thats not the case here... It could be done, but then it would also be blurry if fully zoomed in. With ND2 on, the image itself is rarely too bright as well. I think what you mean is that one can also create a blurry image if the aperture is almost closed at ƒ16, as the EX1´s lens sweet spot actually is below ƒ8. If you close it further, the image starts getting blurry again and is completely fuzzy short before its closed completely. (but thats perfectly normal and differs from lens to lens)
I studied camera and work as a professional cameraman for 15 years now - so believe me, I know how to check backfocus ;-)

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Old April 3rd, 2008, 09:45 PM   #101
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The method I described at the beginning of this thread is an accurate way to test back focus as are all of Gerald's comments. Like Gerald I spent many years as a 16mm tech and worked in rental houses checking lens back focus more times than i would like to recall. its not brain surgery and its easy to tell if you are on or off, but a large monitor is essential.

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Old April 4th, 2008, 09:20 AM   #102
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The method I described at the beginning of this thread is an accurate way to test back focus as are all of Gerald's comments. Like Gerald I spent many years as a 16mm tech and worked in rental houses checking lens back focus more times than i would like to recall. its not brain surgery and its easy to tell if you are on or off, but a large monitor is essential.

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I feel like my bf is not as sharp as I would want it but i'm pretty much done with this subject for the next 3 months. I'm not going to even worry about this for a couple of reasons.

A. there is nothing you can do to completly make it perfect that has been confirmed.

B. i'm going to wait till sony makes a press release or has some documentation about the situation and an updated firmware that specifically fixes the bf problem.

Until then, i'm going to do like Phil Bloom and focus on the things that the camera CAN do.
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Old April 4th, 2008, 09:31 AM   #103
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I feel like my bf is not as sharp as I would want it but i'm pretty much done with this subject for the next 3 months. I'm not going to even worry about this for a couple of reasons.

A. there is nothing you can do to completly make it perfect that has been confirmed.

B. i'm going to wait till sony makes a press release or has some documentation about the situation and an updated firmware that specifically fixes the bf problem.

Until then, i'm going to do like Phil Bloom and focus on the things that the camera CAN do.
I'm not sure how you define perfect, but it's not an issue with some cameras. Gerald was able to adjust two cameras. Mine never had the problem, and I'm as anal as they come... LOL...
Now, don't get me going about vignetting. That's another story.

You're right about kicking back and waiting for Sony to address this issue with an official statement. It's obvious they know this is an issue. There have been some that have tried a couple cameras just to find out that they all had the BF issue.
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Old April 4th, 2008, 12:07 PM   #104
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Gerald.

As usual, I probably opened my mouth a bit too soon.

I also endorse Gerald's comment. Enjoy the things the camera can do. I regret I did not have any more than my few hours to play with the demo camera here.

It did not seem to have a backfocus problem and the dealer suggested that the vignette problem had been dealt with when I mentioned it.

I did not find it in direct-to-camera use but with a Mini35 on front, the steadyshot had to be turned off otherwise it did bring in the edges of the prism path very deep into the TV safe area.
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Old April 7th, 2008, 07:29 AM   #105
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Got my camera back from Sony. They where pretty fast from the free pickup to return it took only 5 days (weekend inbetween).
They updated the firmware to 1.05
Focus with N2 perfect.
Focus with Nd1 and Nd off slightly soft.

After doing the fd autoallign to a brickwall at about 13m away,
it keeps focus in all nd settings.

That prooves in my opinion
firmware 1.02 no go , firmware 1.05 works (canīt say anything about 1.03)
and sony has problems using their own autoallignment, but they obviously try to do their best with a fast service.
So after messing around for nearly 2 weeks with that problem, I seem to have a fixed cam now.

Thats like most electronic products nowadays:
They are like bananas, they ripen at the client.

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