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Briand

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Lens align pro or Spyder lenscal
« on: September 03, 2012, 06:21:44 PM »
I am looking for a great way to properly ensure I have correct autofocus alignment with my lens. Does anyone have experience with either of these, or can suggest something else?

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Re: Lens align pro or Spyder lenscal
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2012, 06:28:10 PM »
Of the two, I prefer the LensAlign - it's easier to properly align the camera to the target.   But now, I use Reikan FocCal software instead, and vastly prefer that method!
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Re: Lens align pro or Spyder lenscal
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2012, 06:31:02 PM »
Is FocCal software available for the Mac? I am looking for most accurate and easiest, less time consuming method as I would have many lens to align.

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Re: Lens align pro or Spyder lenscal
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2012, 06:36:54 PM »
They were hoping to have a Mac version out in June, then in August, but it's not available yet.  Soon, hopefully.  I'd say it's worth the wait, it's definitely easier than a LensAlign.

Personally, I run FoCal Pro on my MacBook Pro on a Windows virtual machine in Parallels, and it works fine.
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Re: Lens align pro or Spyder lenscal
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2012, 06:39:18 PM »
Just watched a clip on YouTube a little intimidating perhaps, lol. Of the three they offer which version do you recommend.

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« Reply #5 on: September 03, 2012, 06:40:34 PM »
I got the Pro for the fully automated testing (had a 7D and 5DII at the time).  With my 1D X (and the 5DIII), only semi-automated is possible.
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Re: Lens align pro or Spyder lenscal
« Reply #6 on: September 03, 2012, 07:59:33 PM »
Reikan FocCal too... much better than anything else I've tried.
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Re: Lens align pro or Spyder lenscal
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2012, 08:33:15 PM »
So I know what I am in for how involved is it?

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Re: Lens align pro or Spyder lenscal
« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2012, 08:54:08 PM »
It's not that complicated. It basically does it all for you. Unless its a 5DMKIII or a 1D X in which case you have to change the values of the adjustment manually since those cameras apparently don't allow that to be done via the USB remote. You will have to print a chart on a good piece of matte paper and put it against a flat surface and the camera on a tripod and start the tests. The Pro version is the best.
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Re: Lens align pro or Spyder lenscal
« Reply #9 on: September 04, 2012, 12:05:13 AM »
It's not that complicated. It basically does it all for you. Unless its a 5DMKIII or a 1D X in which case you have to change the values of the adjustment manually since those cameras apparently don't allow that to be done via the USB remote. You will have to print a chart on a good piece of matte paper and put it against a flat surface and the camera on a tripod and start the tests. The Pro version is the best.
Good matte paper and an inkjet printer. Laser prints are somewhat reflective, and my fight with getting decisive AFMA prediction results is most likely because of this (I don't have access to an inkjet).
But yeah, +1 on FoCal Pro.
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Re: Lens align pro or Spyder lenscal
« Reply #10 on: September 04, 2012, 01:17:17 AM »
Reikan FocCal too... much better than anything else I've tried.

Which version did you choose and why?

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Re: Lens align pro or Spyder lenscal
« Reply #11 on: September 04, 2012, 03:08:18 AM »
I have the Lens Align m2 + focal pro.. I've lately only been using focal pro after I learned how easy it was to setup and configure. I'd say go for it.

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Re: Lens align pro or Spyder lenscal
« Reply #12 on: September 04, 2012, 03:29:13 AM »
I use the Lens Align kit and it works pretty well

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Re: Lens align pro or Spyder lenscal
« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2012, 03:38:32 AM »
I am happy with the lens align pro.

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« Reply #14 on: September 04, 2012, 04:50:49 AM »
I have not used any system other than FoCal Pro, but I used it "straight out of the box" with no problems. The results were excellent and it is very easy to set up. The Pro version sets the AFMA in the camera for the body/lens AND extender combination you are using. You can also watch progress "live" on the pc screen as the shots are taken. Target alignment can be fiddly if (as I did) you have a 600 lens on a tripod and a target 25 metres away, but it just takes a little time and the target set up feature helps.

I did not have an ink jet printer - I threw it away when I got my colour laser printer - but I just took the target images to Staples and got them to print them on card for me. Easier to get five printed at once due to one-off service charge.

It does make you realise that plus or minus one AFMA is not that significant, but getting in the right area is! Print off test result pdf files to save rerunning if you update Canon firmware or reset camera.

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