We’re excited to announce FoCal 2.5 for Windows and Mac is ready for release! Canon’s newest dSLR camera the EOS 6D Mark II is now fully supported within FoCal along with the Nikon D7500 (Nikon D850 news below). In addition we’ve made some good improvements within FoCal, including a new Target Distance Tool, no need to visit the website to determine required target distances. As well as news about upcoming D850 support we’ll also provide details on where we are with High Sierra support below.
FoCal 2.5 Key Features
- Full Canon EOS 6D Mark II support added – calibrate this camera automatically (hands free mode) with FoCal
- Full Nikon D7500 support added – calibrate this camera automatically (user assisted mode) with FoCal
- New integrated Target Distance Tool – determine required target distance without leaving FoCal
The following enhancements and fixes are included with FoCal 2.5
- Improvement to Canon support to make taking shots more reliable
- Improvement to Canon and Nikon camera connection on Mac
- Update to metadata analyser for better camera/lens recognition
- Lots of internal improvements to support future updates
Canon EOS 6D Mark 2 Fully Supported (hands free mode)
This release brings full support for the Canon 6D Mark II.
The 6D Mark II runs in Hands Free Mode, calibration is completely automated with no input from the user during the calibration process (see video showing the 5D Mark II running “hands free mode” to get an idea of what’s involved).
Nikon D7500 Fully Supported (user assisted mode)
This release brings full support for the Nikon D7500.
The Nikon D7500 runs in User Assisted Mode, most all the process is automated, users will be prompted a few times to change the AF Fine Tune during a calibration (see video showing the Nikon D800 running “user assisted mode” to get an idea of what’s involved).
New: Target Distance Tool
The new Target Distance Tool within FoCal means no need to visit the FoCal website to look up a suitable target distance (before 2.5 that meant loading up the online Target Distance Tool)
The Target Distance Tool can be found under the “Tools” tab within FoCal 2.5:
Users can select a focal length by selecting “Specify focal length” and moving the slider:
When a camera is connected to FoCal the top option is selected by default and FoCal reads the lens information automatically. With zoom lenses both ‘ends’ of the zoom will provide a distance (see also calibrating zoom lenses):
Choose between Feet and Inches or metric via Preferences > Tests:
Nikon D850 Support Status
At the moment the Nikon D850 is not supported by FoCal in the 2.5 or earlier releases, but support is coming soon!
Nikon has not yet provided an update to their comms library module for the Nikon D850, this is needed by FoCal before we can provide support. The Nikon library is normally made available around a month or so of the camera being released.
Once we have the updated software from Nikon it usually takes 2-3 weeks for an updated version of FoCal to provide support for the camera.
macOS High Sierra Support Status
As it stands, FoCal 2.5 (and earlier releases) will not control any cameras when running on High Sierra based systems.
macOS High Sierra (10.13) is now officially released. We have already been working with beta releases of macOS High Sierra and hope to add support for this new operating system in the next FoCal release.
There will be a fully working version of FoCal for High Sierra, exact timescale is harder to predict but we expect this to happen soon.
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|
|macOS 10.12 (Sierra)||Canon & Nikon||Fully functional|
|macOS 10.13 (High Sierra)||Canon & Nikon||No Support in 2.5 or earlier versions of FoCal|
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 2.5?
Download FoCal 2.5 by logging in to the LMS at lms.fo-cal.co.uk. Once logged in, you will see a download link to the software.
FoCal 2.5 is available for Windows (Windows 7 and newer) and Mac (OS X 10.9 – 10.12) operating systems, for users who are still within their Included Updates Period today (5th October 2017). 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).
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