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    My 1.4 is 154,666, and it's great.

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    I have an old silver-nose 1.4 that does not focus to infinity. I tested it last night by shooting an infinity shot at f/1.4 and infinity is soft on the film as well as the viewfinder, so I think my mirror and viewfinder match the film. Is there any way to adjust these somehow?

    I always felt in my gut that the f/1.8 was sharper and contrastier than the f/1.4 but I use the f/1.4 more for the slightly brighter viewfinder. The focus ring is also bigger and easier to turn.
    f/22 and be there.

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    If focus is good in viewfinder, on film for everything short of infinity, then the lens is out of adjustment. Focus ring is in wrong position. John

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    Remove the rubber focus ring (like a wide rubber band). You will see three very tiny screws. Put your camera on tripod and have infinity object at view. Free those three tiny screws lightly, don't take it out. Once you drop it, you never find it. Now view to infinity, lightly tight one screw, turn and stay in focus. Loose that screw again and turn the focus ring to infinity mark, make sure the focus not shift. Tight all three screw and try focus. Use some light glue and put back the focus rubber ring. When I got my second hand 200mm and 50mm both have soft infinity focus and adjusted by myself. Hope can help.

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    Do not stretch that rubber focus ring. At that age the rubber is losing its elasticity. Handle with care.

    Perhaps John H. can tell us if replacements are available?
    - Bill Lynch

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    I already had to glue my rubber focus ring back on because it became loose. I don't think I will risk taking it back off right now; I will test to be sure the camera focus screen is correct but right now it looks like it is, and the amount of shots I shoot at infinity at large apertures is probably small enough that it's a tolerable problem for the most part.
    f/22 and be there.

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