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Lens align from rawworkflow.com...

Postby Stany Buyle » Thu 18 Dec 2008 13:46

Simply an amazing tool. Here the link: http://michaeltapesdesign.com/lensalign.html
and here the link to the video by Michael Reichman : http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/accessories/lensalign.shtml
and another instruction video: http://vimeo.com/2498404?pg=embed&sec=2498404
The product was mentioned to me by Pamela, moderator on this forum.

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$140 - I think we are getting out of bounds

Postby DavidLake » Thu 18 Dec 2008 17:13

Seriously, it looks like a good tool , but it is maybe worth $50-$60
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Recommanded working distance for AF check...

Postby Stany Buyle » Fri 19 Dec 2008 13:04

For a long time already I was searching on different fora to find out what is the ideal ditance to do a AF check. Finally a got an answer on this quetsion by the maker of the lens align system:
" I suggest ~10x focal length. But also check the calibration at the normal shooting distance you care most about. Think of AFMA as making the lens perform much better but not perfect for all zoom positions and/or distance. Those 2 and aperture are all related. Hope this helps,. More on this in upcoming tutorials. Dec 18, 2008 | Michael Tapes"
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Re: Lens align from rawworkflow.com...

Postby pam.meier » Fri 19 Dec 2008 22:30

Stany, I wonder if testing would be best from different distances and see how the results will vary?

I think I will go for the light version and finally be able to finetune AF.
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Re: Lens align from rawworkflow.com...

Postby pam.meier » Sun 21 Dec 2008 12:19

Michael, the developer of LA has posted on dpreview.com:
http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/read. ... e=30414988
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Re: Lens align from rawworkflow.com...

Postby pam.meier » Tue 23 Dec 2008 01:30

Today I ordered the lite version. I´ll keep you posted when it will arrive in Germany and when I will have adjusted all my lenses with it.
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Re: Lens align from rawworkflow.com...

Postby pam.meier » Sun 18 Jan 2009 23:12

Update: I was notified it will be shipped at the end of January.
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Re: Lens align from rawworkflow.com...

Postby pam.meier » Wed 4 Feb 2009 22:53

It´s on the way!
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Re: Lens align from rawworkflow.com...

Postby pam.meier » Sun 15 Feb 2009 13:04

I have received my LensAlign Lite and I´m enthusiastic about it. It cost 80 Euros including shipment. There seems to be a lot of knowhow in it and the parts look precisionmade and of high quality.

Assembling it took 5 minutes. I would never buy the pro version, the LA lite does have anything it takes, it can even be tripod mounted. It is very compact and can be disassembled easily.

You get a little magnetic mirror to stick on the target, then you make sure your target is in the middle of your lens in the mirror.
Take an image, see if there is back or front focus and fine tune AF. There are some instructional videos on Mike´s site that make if even easier.

Now after some initial tests I will start checking all my cameras and lenses, which will take some time.
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Re: Lens align from rawworkflow.com...

Postby BrianSmith » Sun 22 Feb 2009 01:24

Any news Pam? Still happy with it? Is it worth it?

I've done a few experiments with regular front/back focus charts and I'm not finding it very satisfactory.
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Re: Lens align from rawworkflow.com...

Postby pam.meier » Mon 23 Feb 2009 09:58

I´m very happy with it. Fortunately, most of my lenses are dead on.
80 Euros may sound like a lot of money, but I think the product is well-made and you could resell it too after checking your lenses.
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Lens align user guide and tutorials

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Re: Lens align from rawworkflow.com...

Postby pam.meier » Mon 14 May 2012 15:14

Now after getting the Nikon D800 and Sony A77 and doing some AF-finetuning I must say that I would go for the LensAlign Pro Mark II. The markings on the ruler have been so much improved, it may be worth getting the new version. Michael has managed to make them even better. I found a shop in the US who will ship to Europe and I might go for it. Would be around 90 Euros.

There is a DOF calculator on Michael´s site that helps you choose the optimal distance for checking focus. I choose the normal shooting distance only, though, as this is where I want the AF to function properly.
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Re: Lens align from rawworkflow.com...

Postby pam.meier » Sat 9 Jun 2012 21:16

I came across this through dpreview:
http://www.reikan.co.uk/focal/index.html

It seems to be a lot more precise and automatic! Only works with Canon and Nikon cameras, so not for me.
I ordered the new LensAlign.
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