This release adds full support for Nikon D5 and Nikon D500 cameras on all platforms and adds the ability to calibrate using pre-captured files from Canon 1DX Mark II and Canon 80D (full support for these two new Canon cameras coming soon!). A lot of changes, many internal as well as the introduction of FoCal Labs.
FoCal 2.1 Features
- Nikon D5 and D500 support added – FoCal can now control the latest Nikon cameras.
- Completely reworked Canon support on all platforms – allowing easier integration of new cameras (80D and 1DX Mark II support coming soon).
- Ability to analyse pre-captured image files from Canon 80D and 1DX Mark II cameras.
- Brand new Dust Analysis test – giving much more useful information about the state of your camera sensor and what it really means to your photographs.
- More control in Fully Auto test – you can now limit the tested range and choose where and how many measurements are taken.
- FoCal Labs – get early access to some of our under development functions (FoCal Pro only).
- Added support for the Nikon D810A – we’ve had a few users requesting support for this camera, with their help it’s been added to FoCal, thanks!
New Dust Analysis
The Dust Analysis tool in FoCal has been completely rewritten to be quicker, more accurate and present the information in a much more useful and intuitive way than the original test.
Verification of your setup is performed when the test starts and you’re told if you need to change anything. The test runs faster than the original version, and you’re presented with information about high-confidence dust spots – those which appear in the same place across multiple apertures.
With the new test, you can see:
- Aperture Dust Profile – the number of detected spots across the aperture range
- Dust Spot Aperture Range – each dust spot highlighted on the sensor, coloured by the range of apertures affected
- Dust Spot Opacity – each dust spot highlighted on the sensor with opacity indicated
- Percentage Area Affected – the percentage of sensor area affected across the aperture range
- Dust Perception Factor – a metric indicating how likely it is the spots will be seen in a photograph
- Potential Hot Pixels – each potential hot pixel highlighted on the sensor
More Control During Fully Automatic Calibration
For more advanced users, it’s sometimes desirable to have fine grained control over the range and step size for the AF Microadjustment/Fine Tune calibration test shots. We’ve added functionality to the Fully Auto test which now allows you to do this.
Most users should leave this on Auto and let FoCal decide, should you want a bit more control you can adjust:
- Tested AFMA Range – The Tested AFMA Range is the extent of AF Microadjustment/Fine Tune that will be measured during the run of the test.
- AFMA Step Size – this option allows you to specify the number of AF Microadjustment/Fine Tune points between successive measurements.
- Shots per AFMA – this option allows you to specify the number of shots taken at each AF Microadjustment/Fine Tune.
We wanted to have a way of sharing pre-release features with more advanced and inquisitive FoCal users so we’ve introduced FoCal Labs. By enabling an option in the preferences, FoCal Pro users can try out new features.
Please note: This really is strictly for more advanced users. We don’t provide support for FoCal Labs features, with no promises that they will even be further developed.
For this release, we’ve included an experimental Calibration Check test within FoCal Labs, to gain access you need to be a FoCal Pro user, enter “Preferences” > “Advanced” and check “Enable FoCal Labs features” at the bottom.
Canon 80D and 1DX Mark II Upcoming Support
Adding new cameras can be a journey into the unknown from a development point of view. A lot of the development effort in this release is to do with these new Canon cameras. Restructuring the internal design means we’re able to reduce the time between a new camera release and FoCal support. We very much want to add new cameras quickly and changes we’ve made will help.
This release allows users to analyse Canon 80D and 1DX Mark II image files, the ability for FoCal to control these cameras is coming soon!
Included Updates Period
FoCal 2.1 is the first release we’ve ever made that requires users to be within their Included Updates Period. If you’ve bought FoCal within the last 12 months then you will have free access to this release and you have unlimited and perpetual use of FoCal 2.1 going forward.
You can check the status of your Included Updates Period and renew if necessary by logging in to the LMS at lms.fo-cal.co.uk.
As a reminder, any new purchase or upgrade of FoCal will entitle you to 12 months of included updates, this gives you newest release at that time and all releases (major and minor) for the following 12 months.
Software Support Status
The following table shows the support for FoCal for Mac:
|Operating System||Camera Manufacturer||Status|
|OS X 10.9 (Mavericks)||Canon & Nikon||Fully functional|
|OS X 10.10 (Yosemite)||Canon & Nikon||Fully functional|
|OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)||Canon & Nikon||Fully functional|
The following table shows the support for FoCal for Windows:
|Operating System||Camera Manufacturer||Status|
|Windows 7||Canon & Nikon||Fully functional|
|Windows 8/8.1||Canon & Nikon||Fully functional|
|Windows 10||Canon & Nikon||Fully functional|
How do I get FoCal 2.1?
FoCal 2.1 is available for Windows (Windows 7 and newer) and Mac (OS X 10.9 – 10.11) operating systems, for users who are still within their Included Updates Period today (19th July 2016). If your Included Updates Period has expired, you can purchase another 12 months by logging in to the LMS at lms.fo-cal.co.uk.
If you don’t own FoCal, you can purchase the software as a download or boxed product, as well as Focal Hard Targets from the store.
The installation package contains the software, target images and a reference manual (also available on the Documents Download page).
Download FoCal 2.1 by logging in to the LMS at lms.fo-cal.co.uk. You will see a download link to the software.