FoCal 2.9 Maintenance Release 1

FoCal 2.9 MR1

Summer holiday season is over and all the FoCal team are working hard to bring you the latest and greatest software!  Here’s FoCal 2.9 MR1 (Maintenance Release 1), bringing new features and lots of bug fixes.

This release builds upon the earlier 2.9 release, dedicated blog entry below:

What’s New in FoCal 2.9 MR1

This release has a few new features and also fixes issues that either missed the cut for the release of FoCal 2.9, or issues raised by users since FoCal 2.9 was released.

Thank you to all users who tried the beta versions of this release, your feedback is hugely valuable in both understanding any issues and confirming fixes.

You can find the release notes for this 2.9 MR1 release here.

Database Backup Import

For a long time users have been able to back up their calibration and test results history, but there’s not been a way to import this information.

FoCal Database Import

Well, there is now! The option (Settings > License > Advanced) will intelligently merge your backup with your current history so you can restore all previous data and/or combine calibration and test history from multiple computers to a single machine.

Easy Access to Support

Alpha and Beta releases of FoCal include a button to send feedback, formal public releases didn’t include a send feedback button.

We’ve added a “Support” button (Settings > Support) which takes you to new page. You’ll find links to the FAQs, the new comprehensive online help and the ability to contact support if you need to send us a question or seek further help.

FoCal Support Button

Lens Database Updates

Thank you to all users who’ve reported incorrect lens names!

We’ve updated the database to recognise many more lenses, you’ll see the improvements and they also reflect back on historical calibration and test data as well. There are a very few lenses that can’t be uniquely resolved and we have a solution for these coming soon.

Friendly Names and Test IDs

How many of you know that Windows 10 build 18362 is the more commonly named latest “May 2019 Update”? Or that FoCal is “FoCal 2.9”? We’re guessing most users don’t want to be bothered by these sorts of details! FoCal now refers to things in much friendlier terms like “macOS Mojave”, “Windows 10 May 2019 Update” or “FoCal 2.9 MR1”.

FoCal Friendly Names

We’ve also added “Test IDs” – a code that lets you uniquely reference a test. This is useful if you’ve created a batch of reports and want to refer back to one of them specifically (especially useful for our support team if you send a number of reports in!)

FoCal Test ID

Bug Fixes

There’s a good number of fixes in this release to make using FoCal a more seamless and enjoyable experience.

The changelog in the release notes give you the low down if you’re interested in the details.

How do I get FoCal 2.9 MR1

Download FoCal 2.9 for Windows or macOS by logging in to the LMS at Once logged in, you will see a download link to the software.

Like FoCal 2.9, this release is available to all FoCal users (FoCal Plus, Pro and Commercial/Non-Profit) who were within their Included Updates Period as of 1st October 2018. This means you can use the software if you purchased FoCal or an Included Updates Period extension on or after 1st October 2017.

If the above does not apply to you, you can purchase another 12 months by logging in to the account system via 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.

The installation package contains the software, target images and a reference manual (also available via the Documents Download page).

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4 comments on “FoCal 2.9 Maintenance Release 1

  • CHAD PARKS says:


  • Maris Avots says:


    I first calibrated my Nikon lenses (with a D750) In 2017. I was using version 2.4.3M.

    I now have a Nikon Z6 and re-calibrated all my non-Z lenses using version 2.9MR1. The fine tuning was almost the same as with the D750.

    While at it, I re-tested the Aperture Sharpness (using both Z6 and D750) for all my non-Z lenses (primes and zooms) using version.2.9MR1. I compared the same lenses using the Z6 and D750 and noticed the Z6 generally produced a sharper image. Great!
    However, the Aperture Sharpness Test results were MUCH LOWER than the results I had in 2017 using version 2.4.3M.
    I can say that while the general sharpness curve across the range was pretty much the same in both version, the results were about 400 points less! Using my D750 with a 35mm 1.8G, the best aperture (f/5) was 2490 with version 2.4.3M and only 1890 with version 2.9MR1!! This phenomenon was the same on every prime and zoom I tried. Version 2.9MR1 measured roughly 500 points lower than version 2.4.3M.
    **Did the scale change somewhere between versions?? Is there a setting in prefs I should be aware of that might cause this?


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