Datacolor Spyderlenscal SLC100 Lens Calibration System, Black/White
- Fast, easy solution for all your interchangeable lenses and recent DSLR bodies. Provides razor sharp auto-focusing, using modern DSLR autofocus micro-adjustment technology
- Compact, lightweight and durable - It includes an integrated level and tripod mount, making this the most convenient way to adjust your own camera gear
- Save time and hassle - No need to send your equipment in for service. Now you can check or calibrate your own lenses
- Accurate and repeatable calibration For all your lenses and listed DSLR bodies
- Supports autofocus adjustments in these camera models: Canon (50D, 7D, 5DMkII, 1DMkIII, 1DMkIV, 1DsMkIII, 1DIV); Nikon (D7000, D300, D300s, D700, D3, D3s, D3x); Sony (A850, A900); Olympus (E-30, E-620); Pentax (K20D, K7D)
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Spyderlenscal provides a fast, reliable method of measuring the focus performance on your camera and lens combinations. It allows photographers to obtain razor-sharp focusing or check to see that their lenses are working at their peak performance. This device is compact, lightweight and durable, with integrated level and tri-pod mount. Includes Datacolor Spyderlenscal and quick start guide.
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Recommended calibration once every 3 months or so, depending on the performance of the camera-lens system.
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I have two issues with this calibrator. Firstly, the ruler part has a slight curve & more seriously, the built in level is way out of true. For this sort of money, this is unacceptable, I’m sorry to say. Th greater the resolution of your camera's sensor, the easier this tool is to use. It is recommended you multiple the focal length by 25 to 50. I'd add the target needs to be close enough to easily resolve the horizontal lines on the ruler because the calibrator is quite small. I consider this calibrator to be poor value.
I had been angling a ruler and ................... to test lenses / focusing but this makes the process much more straightforward and more informative. I now KNOW why my 135mm F2 lens is so poor wide open on a DSLR in a way that I did not notice on film and I know what I need to stop the lens down to in order to get suitable sharpness and lose the fringing.
I have used this more for 'analysing lens performance' than any of the front / back focus 'issues'.
NB: ALERT: in-camera focus corrections are for one focal length at a given distance ( some cameras do have 3 focal length settings for zooms ). In-camera focus micro-adjust was introduced for professional photographers 'in the field' who had a problem develop and no service centre available. If your lens is truly out on its focusing and you use that lens at more than one distance / focal length then micro-adjust is not a replacement for a full calibration service that will re-write the lens data tables.
The blurb says you can adjust your lens calibration by looking at the camera screen, I found it much more accurate to take 3 shots at each number from +20 through to -20 and then select the sharpest one on the PC monitor via Lightroom.
One very slight gremlin is the ruler does not lock, if a breeze gets behind the LensCal it will blow the target screen towards you, that will upset the whole test of course but knowing this and tacking a bit of Sellotape behind it to lock the whole thing made for a perfect tool to calibrate your lenses.
A product I am pleased I bought and will certainly use regularly.
However I am confused by the inconsistent (and lack of) instructions for this item.
On the Datacolor website the SpyderLensCal pdf instructions say to focus on the small target right next to the ruler. Yet their rather inadequate YouTube cartoon video appears to focus on the main centre of the target.
At apertures of 1.2 and 1.4 even this might make a difference, even with them both being on the same plane. So it's crucial to know which is the correct place to focus.
I'm pretty sure in my research I read that the close up target to the right of the ruler is for macro lenses, but Datacolor do not state this in their pdf instructions.
If you have several supported lenses and of course camera, I think this is just worth the money. It may be a bit flimsy, but it is clever and certainly way cheaper than having lenses calibrated professionally.
But having calibrated my four prime lenses and only had to make adjustments for one of them, I still feel I need to do some proper test shots with 'real' subjects, before I trust the micro-adjustments that the SpyderlensCal chart suggested.
I would like to know though if anyone know which is the correct focus place; the centre of target, or the smaller target right next to the ruler. Please do tell!
I was so impressed on now easy it was to use I bought another one for my friend
So two very happy customers 🌟⭐️🌟⭐️🌟🤙🏼
“Just a little note this only works on top end Pro Cameras & len’s or cameras that have it in there menu or settings so you can adjust or fine tune your AF point or lens”
I'd recommend getting this in a sale.