Between you and me and the four walls ...
Micro-Focus adjust was only added to the higher-end DSLR camera to compensate for variations you encounter from older glass and the range that some ZOOM lenses go through to correct the problem of focal variations from one extreme to another. Personally, my lenses go back to the depot for alignment to a standard, when a problem like that is detected.
Originally Posted by Peekayoh
If you can live with this misalignment on a camera that CANNOT correct it (e.g, every SONY dslr other than the a850/a900), fine ... it's your photography and you are welcome to it. I, admittedly, am a little more conscious of these problems. I did not find it by accident, I sought it out, after several years of experience with many different manufacturers.
Like I said, once the lens is "tweaked" to its correct alignment, we are off to the races. I will wait and see what comes back, as usual. It's new, it should work 100%, OOTB. You have my pity (more like my disdain) if you are too lazy to get off your duff and correct the problem.
Again, if I am going to bother to buy a lens, you can be sure, we are going to see what it is made of ... and darn quick. Let the chips fall where they may.