D4s Camera focus VS Live View Focus - Will Live View ALWAYS give better results?

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Gordon Ripley
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D4s Camera focus VS Live View Focus - Will Live View ALWAYS give better results?
Mar 13, 2014

I am wondering whether or not focusing with LIVE VIEW by zooming in and manually focusing will always result in an image that is in better focus than the relying on the camera.  I was just checking out the focus of my 24-70 mounted on my D4s and took a picture of a focusing chart from about 3 feet away.  First simply by back-focusing the camera focus on the chart and then taking a photograph by focusing via Live View zoomed in to the same spot on the chart.

(At the start, I set the dioptor and the focus looked ok to me.)

I loaded it into PS and made no changes to the RAW images. I zoomed way in and placed them side by side to look at them. The Live View focus is noticeably better.  Also, the Live View image was better exposed and the camera doing the focus was a little under exposed.  I'm not sure how to interpret my results but will be using Live View for a lot of my focusing from now on as I believe it when I've read that this will give one the best focusing results.  After all, in Live view I am zooming way in and can really tweak the focus based on a very close look at what I want to be in focus.  I welcome any comments.  Thank you.


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