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tancanon58
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Is it worth to buy a Lensalign MkII Focua Calibration System since about 80% of my pictures taken lost the sharpness. Thanks for your suggestion and input.

Post #1, Jun 16, 2011 15:16:05


Bodies: 5D MkIII/ Oly ED-M5/ G10
Lenses: Tamron SP 24-70 2.8 Di VC /and some Panny and Oly lenses.
Flash: Canon600EX RT.

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I have used my lens align and have been pleased with the results. I do not understand your statement "about 80% of my pictures taken lost sharpness". Front or back focusing issues will be pretty consistent in showing up from day one with any given camera/lens combo.

Post #2, Jun 16, 2011 15:47:56


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I've used the LensAlign Pro with reproducible, excellent results each time. I've never had reproducible results with any of the DIY targets.

Post #3, Jun 16, 2011 16:29:43


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GregoryF wrote in post #12605417external link
....I do not understand your statement "about 80% of my pictures taken lost sharpness". Front or back focusing issues will be pretty consistent in showing up from day one with any given camera/lens combo.

Smaller apertures are far less likely to show problems due to the increased DoF so smaller errors will likely only be apparent on a percentage of the shots the OP takes.

Bob

Post #4, Jun 16, 2011 16:52:23


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Ive been thinking about picking one of these up myself. Seems to me its the best way out to get reliable, repeatable results.

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Have tried different DIY targets and computer tethered LV, only with LensAlign I could get some consistent repeatable results. I use older Lite version which seems to have better build than the new Lite, also sports adjustable angle ruler like Pro version.

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Canon Bob wrote in post #12605788external link
Smaller apertures are far less likely to show problems due to the increased DoF so smaller errors will likely only be apparent on a percentage of the shots the OP takes.

Bob

I understand that, after all I have been shooting for 40 years. What I don't understand is the OP stating that 80% of his pictures now are coming out less sharp. Could be a camera issue and nothing to do with micro adjustment.

Post #7, Jun 16, 2011 18:29:22


6D, 5D Classic Gripped, 50D Gripped, 40D Gripped, Panasonic G1 and adapters, PENTAX mx-1, Sigma 10-20, Sigma 15-30mm, Tamron 17-50, Tamron 17-35mm,Canon 17-85,Sigma 18-200 OS,Canon 24-105 L , Sigma 24-60mm 2.8, 28-105, 28-135, Tamron 70-200mm 2.8, Tamron 70-300 USD VC, Sigma 150-500 OS, 28mm, 35mm, 40mm (pancake), 50mm,85mm 1.8, 105mm Macro, lot's of legacy glass 550EX, 2 420 EX's, 3 540 EZ's, Yn rf602's,:cool:
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GregoryF wrote in post #12606218external link
I understand that, after all I have been shooting for 40 years. What I don't understand is the OP stating that 80% of his pictures now are coming out less sharp. Could be a camera issue and nothing to do with micro adjustment.

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I do not think that is the camera AF problems and have set up to match with the application I want to use with. That is why I want to try the Lensalign if the problem of OOF can be resolved.

Post #8, Jun 16, 2011 20:40:52


Bodies: 5D MkIII/ Oly ED-M5/ G10
Lenses: Tamron SP 24-70 2.8 Di VC /and some Panny and Oly lenses.
Flash: Canon600EX RT.

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Rent one. Several of the lens rental places also rent this.

Post #9, Jun 16, 2011 21:55:54


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I bought the mkII model, got all my lenses sharp, then sold the Lens Align.

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Savas K wrote in post #12608466external link
I bought the mkII model, got all my lenses sharp, then sold the Lens Align.

But if you bang or bump it hard, wouldn't you like to doublecheck the adjustment? That's why I think the reproducibility makes it so useful.

Post #11, Jun 17, 2011 12:15:49


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So far, no bangs or bumps either before using Lens Align or afterward. Sold it because I wasn't going to buy lenses any time soon until prices come down and stabilize. But now that I'm confident using a Lens Align, if I get a lens, I might rent a Lens Align to save the hassle of selling it. I luckily had an extra tripod so put it on, which I think was part of the time saved in getting it set up. A three-way head is a plus; I had a geared one that I sold and pined for, which was too bad, but still had a 3-way turn screw model that took time because of the hit or miss nature of it's adjustment. I also had on hand a 3-way level that I put inside the Lens Align that helped get it level before setting up the camera and lens. If a photographer doesn't have an extra tripod, it can be any old cheap model, which is better than putting it on a stool or table. Especially for your back from the ergonomic standpoint.

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I'm very happy I spent the money on the MK II. I was able to repeat the results during testing and both of my zoom lenses have benefited from MA. I was going to sell the Lens Align after I get an UWA zoom but I'm not so sure anymore. It's a pretty useful device to have around when you need it.

Post #13, Jun 18, 2011 17:03:40


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Far less expensive way to provide the flat plane for focusing without ambiguity, and the inclined ruler for assessment of accuracy of focus.

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Example zoom in for assessment (the '9' on the metal ruler is on the same plane as the focus target surface)...
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BorrowLenses.com. Just rent it for a week. Calibrate your friend's lenses while you have it (if their camera body will allow it). Best $20.00 I spent this year. My composition is still horrible, but at least my pictures are now sharp.
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