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60D - has no AF Micro-adjustment. Is it needed? Useful?

KL Chong , Aug 30, 2010; 04:50 p.m.

I currently have a 30D and noticed that the new 60D does NOT include the above feature unlike the 50D.

Can anyone comment on how useful the AF Micro-adjustment has been in their experience? Has it helped you correct for any lens that you may have that has some focus calibration issues?

There looks like an incipient campaign to write/petition/complain to Canon about this on the canonrumors forum. (I have not included a link here as I am not sure if that would violate the guidelines here - am fairly new to this forum.)


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Dan M , Aug 30, 2010; 05:26 p.m.

Many people have found that one or more of their lenses needed appreciable adjustment, and in that case, MFA is very helpful--saves sending the equipment back to Canon. I have a 50D, which has MFA, but have not used it. All 4 of the lenses I tested were pretty much spot on. Haven't tested my one new one yet. Nonetheless, I would not want to give it up. It's nice insurance.

Steve Dunn , Aug 30, 2010; 06:01 p.m.

I've never used it. I've also never tested my four current lenses (or any of the several others I've owned in the past) to see if they're slightly off on a focus test chart; in real-world use, I have not had problems with their focus accuracy. I suspect the majority, probably even the vast majority, of users also don't have problems that would require it.

But if you do have a lens that's off, then as Mr. M suggested, the availability of this function would save the hassle of sending your gear in for calibration.

Arie Vandervelden , Aug 30, 2010; 06:25 p.m.

Yes I use it to get my 17-55/2.8 IS to work with my 7D. Without the AF micro-adjust focus is way, way off.

I think it's stupid of Canon not to include this feature. Now, let's see, if there's a defect we can get the user to fix it with a tiny bit of firmware, or the user can send it in for calibration. Which is the cheaper option for Canon? Duh.

Ilya E , Aug 30, 2010; 06:27 p.m.

There was a similar discussion and a poll on FM recently. IMO It's a very usefull feature.

Stephen Penland , Aug 30, 2010; 07:08 p.m.

I went through all of my lenses with MFA, ad some needed considerable adjustment. I'm glad I had it.

Puppy Face , Aug 30, 2010; 07:15 p.m.

I upgraded to the 50D a couple years mainly for MA since several of my lenses were off on my 20D. Strangely enough they all worked fine on the 50D without any MA. So it depends.

Charles M , Aug 30, 2010; 07:58 p.m.

I am glad I have MFA. Most of my lenses have benefited from it. It made the most improvements on my Sigma lenses, but it also made a big difference in my 24-105L.

Jack Nordine , Aug 30, 2010; 08:19 p.m.

Bad decision not including it in the 60D. The 60D would have far more attractive to the hobby photographer and the professionals if they included it.

Bob Atkins , Aug 31, 2010; 12:44 a.m.

MFA. Needed, not really, at least by most people. Most photographers got along just fine without it (in fact I still do myself). Nice to have "just in case", certainly yes.

My guess is that it was left out so that people didn't pick the 60D over the 7D. That goes two ways. (1) Canon might sell more EOS 7Ds but also (2) Canon might sell fewer EOS 60Ds. I guess Canon are banking on (1).

If you make the choice of camera a clear one, that's not always a good thing from the viewpoint of the manufacturer. You really want the customer still wanting something that's on the more expensive model just so that there's a chance they'll buy it.

I'm thinking of a 60D but the lack of MFA leaves me a little undecided. Do I pay an extra $400 for a 7D and get MFA or do I save $300 and go for a T2i since neither have MFA. Or do I split the difference and go for a 60D anyway. The choice is certainly not a clear one and that's probably the way Canon intended it to be.

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