Nikon 24-70 2.8 VR focusing issues

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Lisama New Member • Posts: 2
Nikon 24-70 2.8 VR focusing issues

I am having problems with my 24-70 VR on my D850.
I bought the lens two months ago and when I tried it, I had a lot of trouble achieving good focus. 
So I set up my spyder lens cal and tested the heck out of the lens. AF-S, camera steady on the ground, VR off, camera sensor parallel to the target. 
It showed a massive front focus close up at 24mm and a back focus at 70mm.It evened out a bit the further I moved the camera away from the target.

I ended up fine tuning the lens to +13, used it on a shoot and it was good, but only as long as made sure to be at least 4 feet away from my subjects, and to be carful, I stepped down to about 4.0
I ended up send ing the lens to Nikon, they had it for a bout 3 weeks and just got it back two days ago. They replaced a part on the brand new lens and wrote in the service order that they restored it to good working order.
Fast forward to me trying the lens again- pretty much the same issue. It is dialed in to +6 AF fine tune now. But the lens is still unusable close up, as the focus is still not where it is supposed to be. Still FF at 24 mm. 
So if I adjust for the FF at 24 mm,  the lens will produce a back focus from about 50-70mm.
Now- I understand that zoom lenses cannot be perfect at every distance. But from a lens at that price point, I do expect more. 
What is your experience with this? I want to call Nikon again today and talk with them about how realistic it is to get this lens to be more consistent. I will also try it on my D4 today to see if the focusing issues are less visible on a camera with less MP.
I know my D850 is working fine. It performs flawlessly with my 35 Art, 85 Art and my Nikkor 70-200 FL.
My 105 Micro isn't working great with my D850 either, it achieves a very inconsistent front- and back focus at different distances. But the 105 works good enough on my D4 to use it.

Nikon 24-70mm F2.8E ED VR Nikon D4 Nikon D850
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