Get The Most From Nikon’s Auto AF Fine Tune System

Do you have a Nikon camera that features Auto AF Fine Tune? If so, then this video is just what you need to get the most from it!

When Auto AF Fine Tune first came it, it was pretty exciting – In fact, I think we all had visions of never going through a tedious lens calibration process ever again. However, the reality is, it didn’t seem to work all that well and many people – myself included – were disappointed. 

As it turns out, there IS a way to get good results from the system, it just takes a little more effort than we were lead to believe – and that’s what this tutorial reveals. In the video below, I’ll cover what AF Fine Tuning is, how to do a proper setup (including a handy focus target I made for the purpose that you can download), how to avoid pitfalls, and an Auto AF Fine tuning technique that works as well as using a commercial product. 

If you’ve had problems with Auto AF Fine tune before, you’ll discover the method in the video will work far better and give you much better results. Currently, this only applies to the Nikon D7500, D500, and D5, but I’m sure as other cameras are added they will also include this feature (i.e. like the upcoming D850). 



AF Target download (zipped PDF file) – Click here


If you enjoyed this article, I think you’ll REALLY like my e-books, Secrets To Stunning Wildlife Photography and Secrets To The Nikon Autofocus System. They’re filled with hundreds of pages of information just like this. Check it out – click here (hey, it’s free to look 🙂 )

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    • Vincent VdB August 14, 2017 at 10:32 am #

      Get yourself a cloud drive such as Dropbox, Google Drive, One Drive, … and copy all your important files onto that drive.
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  1. Johnny Anderson August 10, 2017 at 3:09 am #

    I really like your reviews and tips. I bought both of your eBooks and love them both. There’s many years worth of knowledge in those books. You give very balanced reviews and I loved the one on the D7500. I bought one about 3 weeks ago and love it so far. Upgraded from D90 that was showing it’s age. I’ve also converted to back button focus and it’s much better way to focus for me!

    Thanks for your time and effort it’s much appreciated by a lot of us.

  2. till August 9, 2017 at 11:01 pm #

    Very nice, as always. I wonder why Nikon hasn’t added a visible short timer to the AF fine tune function like “1 … 2 … 3”. Also Excel/OpenOffice will be your friend for numbers, but I like your hands on version of ‘robust statistics’ very much.

  3. Jim Edmonds August 9, 2017 at 3:24 pm #

    I have a Nikon 70-200mm lens. If I Auto Fine tune the 200mm range is it possible that it will degrade the 70mm end? Or should I just Auto Fine tune both ends to see if I can find a compromise? Thanks for your videos, I always learn something.

  4. Douglas J Heckler August 8, 2017 at 10:46 pm #

    How timely! I saw the first hummingbird of the season today. Took a series of about 12 captures using D500 and 300mm f4 lens. I was very disappointed with the focus on these, and I was on a TV-33 tripod with BH-55 ballhead at the time. So tomorrow, I will attempt this procedure and see if that does not help…and also hope for another opportunity with the wee bird.

    • Steve Perry August 9, 2017 at 2:01 am #

      How cool! I just put out a humming bird feeder two weeks ago and (eventually) I’m going to go out and photographer them. At first it was just a single bird here and there, but now I get upwards to three at a time! Love ’em!

  5. Tom Ford August 8, 2017 at 5:31 pm #

    I’m really enjoying and very much impressed with your Nikon Autofocus System E-book. Worth every nickel I spent for it.
    Unfortunately, my daughter is a Canon user but a book of this kind would do wonders for her images. I’m having difficulty even convincing her to switch to BBAF. My question is, is there a similar book on the market specifically for Canon DSLRs that you know of? I’m going to cull some your suggestions from your book and pass them on to her because I know that many of them will definitely apply to her Canon. But reading about Canon autofocus I’m sure would improve her images.
    Thanks for listening…

    • Ken Holmberg August 9, 2017 at 1:18 am #

      Your book Nikon autofocus system is a Coup! Wish I had it before our trip to Tanzania in February am sure would have had a higher success rate in sharper images. Almost all my images were shot from back of a Toyota Land Cruiser off a monopod. Few of us will ever achieve your level of experience ok maybe in our dreams so your books website and emails are invaluable!
      FYI have two Canon shooters asking the inevitable question? Ok I selfishly don’t want you to stray away from nikon for to long. Thank you to your family for sharing your time with us. Cheers! Ken

    • Steve Perry August 9, 2017 at 2:02 am #

      Thanks for the book purchase 🙂 I don’t know of any for Canon, although I might write one way down the road (I have some Canon gear now as well, but am not nearly comfortable / experienced enough to write about the AF system). Sorry I can’t be of more help on that one.

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