We’re pleased to announce the availability of FoCal 2.10 Beta 1. FoCal 2.10 builds upon improvements in FoCal 2.9 bringing new functionality, including support for the Canon EOS 90D and EOS R cameras.
What’s New in FoCal 2.10 Beta 1
Canon EOS 90D Support
FoCal now supports the Canon EOS 90D for all the tools: autofocus calibration, aperture sharpness, autofocus consistency and dust analysis, as well as general camera information.
There are a couple of things to note with 90D support within this release::
User Assisted Mode
Our initial expectations were this camera would work “hands free”. During development we discovered Canon has added restrictions, software change to the AFMA value is not currently possible across the USB interface supported by the camera.
The 90D is fully supported within FoCal in User Assisted Mode (UAM). We haven’t given up and are in conversation with Canon to see if it’s possible to allow the 90D to work with FoCal “hands free”.
There is no support for Raw mode on this camera. This beta version will allow selection of raw mode but processing will fail and the crops will show as black squares. We have a solution to this coming soon in a future release.
Canon EOS R Support
Sneaking into the photo above is the EOS R because we’ve also validated operation with this latest release and offer support for this mirrorless camera.
Note: there is NO autofocus calibration feature on the EOS R, FoCal cannot provide focus calibration for this camera. Users can get detailed camera information, run autofocus consistency and aperture sharpness tests and will be able to compare results with other FoCal users. You can also perform detailed dust analysis on the camera sensor.
FoCal will soon be expanding with new tests, many of which will be applicable to mirrorless cameras so watch this space!
Online Camera and Lens Database Updates
Thanks again to everyone who has reported misidentified lenses. We’ve got a great collection of examples of misreported lenses and with your help we have the information to resolve nearly all lenses.
We’ve updated and improved our lens database, and have also made it possible for this to be updated automatically within FoCal. Users don’t need to press any extra buttons – FoCal will check for updates and apply the new database when available.
Our internal database of cameras has also been improved and expanded, and this will start to provide much more comprehensive data for File Mode analysis.
We’ve been keeping an eye on the macOS Catalina beta releases and as the final release of Catalina is very close, we included the latest beta (Catalina Beta 8) in our validation tests.
We fixed a few issues found, and are pleased to say that FoCal ran through our suite of tests using many different cameras without any issues.
While we can’t absolutely guarantee that FoCal will work on release day of macOS Catalina, we are as confident as we can be with the results from the most up-to-date development builds.
There are more details in the changelog on the release notes for this version.
How do I get FoCal 2.10 Beta 1
Download FoCal 2.10 Beta 1 for Windows or macOS 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 2.10 Beta is available to all users that are within their Included Updates Period today, 24th September 2019. You can get the software in one of two ways:
- Go to the About > Update Check option in the software, and making sure the Update Channel is set to Alpha or Beta (FoCal 2.9 onwards). From here you can hit the Download button to get the software.
- By logging in to the FoCal Account system via lms.fo-cal.co.uk. Near the top you’ll see “Click here to Show or Hide Pre-Release Downloads” – click to view the available downloads.
If the above does not apply to you, you can purchase another 12 months by logging in to the account system via lms.fo-cal.co.uk and going to the Included Updates Period section.
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 FoCal Online Store.
It’s worth just checking the pre-release software FAQ to make sure you know type of software you’re getting.
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