We’re delighted to announce FoCal 2.6 for Mac and Windows is ready for release! Nikon’s newest dSLR camera the D850 is now fully supported within FoCal. In addition we’ve made some handy improvements within FoCal, including to the lens comparison database generation. We’ve been busy working on full High Sierra support, it’s not a completely done deal yet sadly (at least with Canon cameras) more details below.
FoCal 2.6 Key Features
- Full Nikon D850 Support Added – automated D850 focus calibration with Reikan FoCal
- macOS High Sierra Support with Nikon – All Nikon cameras are supported with Reikan FoCal and High Sierra (10.13)
- Improvement during startup on Mac for Canon camera connections
- Improvement for Canon with High Sierra in some cases (see section on High Sierra below)
- Update to metadata analyser for better camera/lens recognition
- Improvement to comparison data generation and use within FoCal
Nikon D850 Fully Supported
This release brings full support for the hotly anticipated Nikon D850 to Reikan FoCal.
The Nikon D850 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 Nikon D800 AF calibration to get an idea of what’s involved).
FoCal Comparison Data Improvements
One of the advantages to FoCal Pro is access to the FoCal camera/lens comparison database. FoCal users have been uploading calibration and test results for since 2012 (5 years!), the database contains tens of millions of data points across tens of thousands of camera and lens combinations.
As with all FoCal Comparison Data, display of compared results from other users takes the form of a red/blue/green overlay. The blue area indicates the point is within the typical range of results from other users (i.e. any points in this area neither poor or excellent), the red area is within the poorer end and the green area indicates it’s better than average.
Example of comparison data shown on the graph within a FoCal Calibration:
Generating information for display that’s based on a large amount of raw data presents its own challenges. We’ve been working on ways to refine our approach, ensuring users get fresh and accurate comparison data during their calibrations and tests. The comparison generation has been re-worked and we’ve added dedicated hardware at FoCal HQ in order to provide more regular updates. Previously updates were monthly now they are weekly (or better!).
macOS High Sierra (10.13) Support Status
A lot of work has been done on adding High Sierra Support to FoCal, good progress has been made but there are still some loose ends to tie up before full support across all cameras and all users is guaranteed(!)
A quick overview, FoCal 2.4 added macOS Sierra (10.12) support and with a lot further testing internally and valuable user feedback we can say both FoCal 2.4 and FoCal 2.5 may work for some users with High Sierra (10.13). Obviously “may work” is a long way from where we need to be!
High Sierra with Nikon Cameras (Supported!): After extensive investigation and the update to the most recent Nikon communications libraries we are confident all Nikon cameras are fully working with FoCal 2.6 (this release!) and can say “officially supported”. Some users may find that Nikon cameras are working with High Sierra and FoCal 2.4 and 2.5 as well.
High Sierra with Canon Cameras (some work required on our part): This is a less clear cut situation(!) We believe most users will find that Canon cameras are working with High Sierra and FoCal 2.6. To provide some background, we have 7 High Sierra development machines here and FoCal 2.5 and FoCal 2.6 work perfectly with Canon cameras. However, feedback from users leads us to believe there may be issues for some(!)
Huge thanks to Wolfgang and Tim and further users (too many to list by name!) there are still some rare cases where connecting Canon cameras with High Sierra may have issues. We have work left to do in order to declare “officially supported“. If you’ve already upgraded to High Sierra and have access to try FoCal 2.6 do please let us know how you get on, either Raise a Support Request or by adding a blog comment below.
We are working to make sure all Canon users find that FoCal is fully working with High Sierra, we don’t think we’re 100% there yet and adding full High Sierra support is our main development focus.
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)||Nikon||Fully functional|
|Canon||Not 100% Officially Supported (see above text)|
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 2.6?
Download FoCal 2.6 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 2.6 is available for operating systems Windows (Windows 7 and newer) and Mac OS X 10.9 – 10.12 (with macOS 10.13 officially supported for Nikon only at this time), for users who are still within their Included Updates Period today (15th November 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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