The latest Nikon Z6 and Z7 firmware will mess up your AF fine-tuning

Oct 2, 2020

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The latest Nikon Z6 and Z7 firmware will mess up your AF fine-tuning

Oct 2, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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New firmware updates have been released for Nikon Z5, Z6, and Z7 mirrorless cameras. However, you may want to wait with the update if you shoot the Z6 or Z7. Nikon has issued a warning reading that the 3.10 and 3.11 firmware versions will mess up your autofocus fine-tune.

“An issue has been identified in firmware versions 3.10 and 3.11 in which fine-tuning values selected for AF fine-tune > Saved value are not correctly applied when pictures are taken,” Nikon writes and apologizes. In other words, if you use AF fine-tune settings in-camera to calibrate your lens, it won’t work properly and your photos will be out of focus. Nikon says that fix is on the way and you’ll be able to get it via the Download Center once it’s available. However, there’s no word on when it’s going to happen.

If you haven’t updated the firmware, perhaps you’ll want to wait a while. You can follow further notices from Nikon here for the Z6 and here for the Z7. In case you have already updated the firmware to version 3.11, you may want to use manual focus with those lenses that require AF fine-tuning until the problem is solved.

It looks like the Z5 hasn’t been affected by this issue in the firmware version 1.01, or it has already been fixed. So, if you use this camera, looks like you’re good to go.

[via Nikon Rumors]

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8 responses to “The latest Nikon Z6 and Z7 firmware will mess up your AF fine-tuning”

  1. John Boyle Avatar
    John Boyle

    Thanks! I’m thinking they should take trade-ins when the “new” Z’s come out!

    1. Dunja Djudjic Avatar
      Dunja Djudjic

      They probably will, they often take trade-ins when they announce a new camera. We’ll follow the updates and let you know :)

    2. John Boyle Avatar
      John Boyle

      Dunja Djudjic #URDABEST

    3. John Boyle Avatar
      John Boyle

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  2. Valkyrie VF-2SS Avatar
    Valkyrie VF-2SS

    I suppose it bears asking… Do they not bug check/beta test? That seems like a big issue to have at release time.

    1. hussey Avatar
      hussey

      I suspect it’s because not very many people use the AF fine tune feature with their z series cameras.

  3. Rich Avatar
    Rich

    Who AF fine tunes their Z anyway? Not needing to is one of the things I love about them.

  4. Dmitry Shemonaev Avatar
    Dmitry Shemonaev

    Why AF Tune mirrorless ?? Is there a back or front focus ???