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Jun 29, 2010 18:33 |  #16

+1 for LensAlign Pro! I'm also a do-it-yourself kind of person, so I'd rather mate the lenses to my camera body myself, rather than send anything to Canon. After all, having the MA function in the menu just begs for it to be used, right? :)


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Jun 29, 2010 19:50 |  #17

+1 for Lens Align!

Really good post, glad you have your gear dialed in. I know LAP it has saved me a lot of frustration.

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Jun 30, 2010 04:46 |  #18

Thanks everyone for the feedback and confirmations.

Invertalon, yes you can use it. I just did mine with the 50D yesterday in my basement. I used the 25x focal length to calibrate mine. I don't think it's necessary to use the 50x focal length and I confirmed it with my 500mm on Sunday with bird photography and I got some beautiful shots of the Great Blue Heron and Green Heron way beyond the 50x distant. So don't be afraid to experiment.

When you get it if you have any ? just let me know.

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I just bought one from someone on here today, the Pro model (used once)... Can't wait to see how accurate my own methods are. Very curious!

I hope the standard ruler can be used with my 300 + 1.4x TC... The website said I could, time will tell!


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Jun 30, 2010 06:20 |  #19

Thanks you for your writings.
Going to save this page for when I have MAA on my camera.


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Jun 30, 2010 06:45 as a reply to JelleVerherstraeten's post |  #20

Here's some more info for you that will cut down your time.


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Jun 30, 2010 20:59 as a reply to post 10449855 |  #21

Nice write-up Methodical.

I'm a little surprised at the price though. Can't one use a simple well defined ruler for front/back focus, and save a bundle, or am I missing something?

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Jun 30, 2010 21:02 |  #22

Chris11 wrote in post #10456773external link
I'm a little surprised at the price though. Can't one use a simple well defined ruler for front/back focus, and save a bundle, or am I missing something?

Curious to that myself...


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Jun 30, 2010 21:08 |  #23

Agreed, LensAlign simplifies the process, for a dear price. Looks like a person could fabricate something from a yardstick?


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Jun 30, 2010 22:37 as a reply to jemanner's post |  #24

Yes the price has been a sore spot for many. I was one until I got tire of messing around with my DIY method. There have been several discussions about the pricing of this kit over at FM - many think it's overprice, yet a good tool, and some didn't mind spending the money, myself included, because we got tired of the trial and errors. I for one just really don't have a lot of time to be trying to build one of these things. I just needed one to get things done.

I've seen some nice DIY kits floating around here (claimed cost of $15)and on the net but they were little small kits and used mostly for the shorter focal length lens (i.e. 35mm, 50mm etc.) These were of no use to me for testing focus accuracy on my 300, 400 and 500 lens that I used with the 1.4 and 2x tc. So I just forked over the money and there's no more guess work on my part and less time fooling around.

I tried to find one of the DIYers but couldn't. If you find any info please share it.

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Nice write-up Methodical.

I'm a little surprised at the price though. Can't one use a simple well defined ruler for front/back focus, and save a bundle, or am I missing something?

Thanks, Chris

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Curious to that myself...


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Jun 30, 2010 23:38 as a reply to Methodical's post |  #25

I've heard of rental places that rent out monitor calibration tools; is it possible to rent this system somewhere?


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Jul 01, 2010 00:30 |  #26

DiMAn0684 wrote in post #10457689external link
I've heard of rental places that rent out monitor calibration tools; is it possible to rent this system somewhere?


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Jul 01, 2010 06:00 |  #27

The perpendicular target is the key, not the yardstick. The yardstick measures where the DOF lands, but has no part in placing the DOF. This is where most DIY methods miss the boat. The LA Pro design, when set up and used correctly, eliminates user error (if at all possible), and produces the results to MA with. It is a measuring instrument, with the incumbent development and manufacture costs, produces clearly and reliably the desired results, so it's worth the money. It's not a rip off, but if people think they can do it just as easily, precisely and hassle free themselves, let 'em try, but don't **** about the cost of the LA solution cause all things considered, it's worth the price to many.


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Jul 01, 2010 06:23 |  #28

I personally think it is funny to hear people with $4000+ in glass complain about a $100 item to be honest. And honestly, you can buy a used one and sell it for little, if no loss... Get it, check all your lenses and sell... Kind of like a "rental" service without the strings :p

This is a tool that is built to properly align the sensor plane to the target and give you a very clear visual display to reference. Sure, you can build you own but it will take longer and the accuracy may willl not be as close. I had my own "MA rig" that I used but honestly, it took a long time... I am curious to how my methods will stack up against Lens Align though... If my own methods are accurate, I will have no use for this item... If not, the lens align is totally worth it.

I just think if I buy expensive glass, I want it to be properly calibrated to my body for focus. I want the best, sharpest possible focus I can get. Even a little off can look much different.

Mine arrives tomorrow but going out of town shortly after. I may be able to get one lens tested though :D Have to try it out at least!


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Jul 01, 2010 07:14 |  #29

One thing I noticed when I first got my LA kit was that I started off with all the accumulated frustration and anal projections, all of which were just in the way. The minute I dropped all that, shifted to the KISS approach, watched the LA videos and just did it, it was easy.

One thing Canon finally cleared up in the 7D is the MA "forward" and "backward" logic twist of previous bodies. So simple in the 7D, icon of the camera on the left end of the scale and an icon of mountains on the right end with O in the middle. Brilliant, too bad they didn't think of that earlier.


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Jul 01, 2010 07:25 |  #30

Invertalon, I checked the accuracy of my DIY method with LA and my DIY method was way off. Hell I may provide the service to local photographers. But, I agree you can sell it but what happens when you get the new lens or new body; for me it's piece of mind and I did not mind spending the money to get my lens tightly focused. I don't plan to sell mine. I'd love to test the accuracy of the DIY builds against the LA.

This is a free world and I respect others opinions as just that. Hell it's like the price of Canon's grip or batteries; some try the knock offs and realize it ain't cut'n it - sometimes you just gotta bend over you know.

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