Matching a lens to a camera - focusing speed help

Started Feb 4, 2013 | Discussions thread
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ScreenByte Forum Member • Posts: 57
Matching a lens to a camera - focusing speed help


I was wondering if anybody has ever sent a lens and camera to Nikon for matching/ calibration.

My main interest is motor sport and I cover many meetings in a season and my main passion is panning shots.

Last year I brought the Nikon 70-200 vr2 to use on my old D300, before that I used a sigma lens for 2 years.

Now with the Sigma I used to be able to use much lower shutter speeds to keep the subject in focus and get the shots I wanted then I can with the Nikon, in fact my fail rate last year was terrible even when I increased the shutter speeds and experimented all year.

Half way through last year I got myself a D800 and was hoping this might work better with the 70-200 but it didn't, if anything it was worse.

Now Nikon tell me if I send them the equipment they can match the lens to the camera and this should improve things but they don’t say how much so that’s why I'm asking this question?

I know it isn't my technique as I've been shooting thousands of panning shots every year for many years so now I have real doubts and questions over this lens, is it a bad copy, is it any good for what I want to use it for.

To make matters worse at the end of last season I tried my friends Canon with his 70-200 and it seemed to focus very quickly so after investing all my cash in Nikon for many years I now having thought about Canon.

Is this lens known to be slow performer?

Any thoughts or advice please on any of my questions.


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Nikon D500 Fujifilm X-T2 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF Fujifilm XF 16mm F1.4 R WR XF 90mm +4 more
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