Datacolor SpyderLensCal SLC100
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- 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, 70D, 1Dc, 1DMkIV, 1DsMkIII, 1Dx, 5DMkII, 5DMkIII, 5DS, 5DS R, 6D, 7DMkII, 80D, 1DX Mark II); Nikon (D3, D300, D300s, D3s, D3x, D4, D4s, D7000, D7100, D7200, D600, D610, D700, D750, D800, D800E, D810, D500, D5, D810A, Df); Sony (A77, A850, A900, A6000, A77 MKII, SLT-99); Olympus (E-5, E-30, E-620, E-M1); Pentax (K5-IIs, K5-II, K-x, K-7D, K-5, K-20D, K-30, K-3, K-3 II, K-200D, K-2000/K-m, 645D, 645Z, K-1, K-50, K-70)
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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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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. Sharpen your focus with the SpyderLensCal!
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I'd agree with a lot of the reviewers that this is an overpriced piece of kit for the what you get but I think in the long run it will pay for itself. The parts are a bit flimsy and the ruler arm needs to sit right with the notch holding up the vertical part. The bubble level helps keep things square and the metal threaded hole makes it easy to mount this on a light stand or small tripod.
Every lens I owned needed a bit of adjustment. It was easier using this tool for lenses with lower F-Stops (i.e. 1.4 and 2.8.) where the short in-focus range is more pronounced wide open. You'll need to calibrate twice for zoom lenses; once for the wide and then for the tele end of the focal range. My Canon 24-105 and 16-35 had micro-adjustment settings for both ends of the focal length.
I noticed that it was harder deciding which lines around the zero mark on the ruler were in focus for the higher F-Stop lenses. In reality it may not make a difference since the subject would have also been in focus.
Dropped a star due to the cost.
This Datacolor is sturdy when in use, yet compact when folded for storage. I placed mine on a kitchen table, then placed my cameras on a tripod with lens at same level as center of Datacolor tool. I used a self timer mode to shoot each photo rather than risk camera movement from depressing the shutter myself. From there, it is just a matter of zooming in on photos taken and comparing results vs what a calibrated lens/camera combo should be (as listed in instructions and all over interent). Then make focus adjustments per your camera instructions. I was surprised at how far mine were off and this solved a good many of my out of focus issues. I mostly photograph action sports at high shutter speeds with a very small focus point, at f/2.8 on a 70-200 Tamron or Canon zoom.
If I got to choose one word to describe the SpyderLensCal SLC100 is Simplicity... (maybe to much simplicity..).
The device itself fully constructed with plastic, except for the tripod mount ofcourse, and is the same plastic seen in other Datacolor products, like the Colorchecker Pasport. Its a nice and solid plastic, but the whole thing feels prety weak. The paint job on the target itself its some kind of decal with a nice Mate finish, so reflections are not a problem to use, but the instructions are.
Well, lets say that there are no instructions at all. The box itself doesnt contain any text or description and the instruction book pack with the Spyderlenscal its Crap.
So let me recomend you to use the Focus Calibration Guide of The Digital Picture.com to learn how to use it, before you buy it.
But it works fine, after a few hours of calibrating my 2 Canon 6D with diferent lenses...
Got 4 stars, 'cause its built quality is fair enough and the lack of instructions.