Photoshop World 2013 was last week (April 16-19) in Orlando. The show terrific fun to attend and it was great to meet so many serious photographers from all over the globe. As I demoed LensAlign and FocusTune at PSW in Orlando last week, photographers from around the globe it occurred to me how discouraging / confusing it can be to shoot a picture, and sometimes sense something not quite right with the focus. Could there be something wrong with the lens? The camera? The fact is both are usually ok, and mismatches in varying degrees are are fairly common! Watching how LensAlign calibrates the two [components] gave them new hope.
The moment of realization was often palpable- when they "got it." They were re-assured that they CAN get sharp pictures from their DSLRs. It just requires proper calibration ofeach lens to each camera body, and most cameras provide the features to set and save the proper settings. Once they saw how amazingly sharp photographs would be the norm from their hi-res camera and lenses most became elated.
All it takes is LensAlign and the auto-focus adjustment system that's part of today's hi-end DSLRs. And with or with our new FocusTune software the calibration process becomes even faster. I am so happy I was able to calm their unfounded fears of defective cameras and lenses. if you've been concerned about these fairly common issues, watch for our new video series that explains it all.
As you can see by my lack of posting, we have been extremely busy here at Michael Tapes Design. We have finalized the development of FocusTune Focus Calibration Software, that like LensAlign allows photographers to get the most sharpness from their DSLR bodies and lenses.
While we get our website information updated you can check out information and discussion here at the great Photography Life blog written by Nasim Mansurov.
And you can check out our own FocusTune feature summary and sign up for our mailing list and be notified of our official release next week.
BTW..There is special pricing for LensAlign MkII owners. We appreciate your enthusiastic support. I will get back to work and see you soon for the official launch. Please sign-up to the mailing list.
On a very personal note. I am very excited about Focustune :>)
Nikon's new D800 is a game-changer. On some level this camera is evolutionary, on another it is absolutely revolutionary. The D800 (and D800E) have set a new standard for the DLSR market. But more importantly, for photographers of all genres.
This new Nikon now leads the pack in full frame sensor resolution with a whopping 36.3 megapixels that mimics medium format in terms of resolution. The camera feels great to us and among many improvements, features a newly redesigned auto-focus system.
Tongue-in-cheek ad campaign.
With our tongue deep in cheek, our new advertising campaign calls attention to the following reality: In order to maximize the potential of the D800 (or any high performance DSLR) the body must first be tuned to each lens using the camera's AF Fine-Tune feature--And this procedure requires a tool such as the LensAlign Focus Calibration System.
As the designer of LensAlign, I am intimately involved with the process of auto-focus adjustment, which I call AFA (Nikon calls it AF Fine-Tune; Canon calls it AF Micro-Adjustment). Since the introduction of the D800 (which includes the D800E), the blogasphere has been ablaze with discussions about this breakthrough camera, and my in-box has been inundated with questions about the D800 vis-a-vis AFA. "Does the new camera's advanced AF system negate the need for AFA?" If you read Nikon's D800 Technical Guide you would think so. You get the impression that you'll have to jump through hoops to get a sharp picture using every trick in the book; which is true. Yet fine-tuning the camera's auto-focus system, which is in fact a necessity with many lenses, seems to be omitted. Read any of the reviews of the new D800, and you'll see (almost to person), that the reviewer is emphatic that using AFA is a prerequisite to achieving the results that the D800 is capable of.
I'll have a lot more to share in upcoming posts, but for now take a look at these 2 test shots using my new D800. The first one is out-of-the-box with no AFA, and the one below is after a -12 AFA adjustment that this particular body/lens combination required. As they say a picture is worth a thousand words.