FoCal 2.11 Beta 2

Reikan FoCal 2.11 Beta 2 is available now. This new release includes a lot of work on Mac camera communications improvements, Nikon Z50 support fixes, as well as several usability improvements. This is on top of the updates from 2.11 Beta 1 including lens and camera updates and integration with FoCal IQ.

Reikan FoCal 2.11 Beta 2

What’s New in FoCal 2.11 Beta 2

Mac Camera Communications

We’ve worked hard on improving the low level communications with cameras on macOS. These fixes should improve detection and connection with cameras, overall reliability and speed.

The updates in place fix issues present in operating systems all the way back to OS X 10.11 El Capitan. During our release testing of this version we have extensively verified operation on:

  • OS X 10.11 El Capitan
  • macOS 10.12 Sierra
  • macOS 10.13 High Sierra
  • macOS 10.14 Mojave
  • macOS 10.15 Catalina

Improvements for macOS Catalina

macOS Catalina brought in some privacy permissions updates over macOS Mojave, and FoCal could behave unexpectedly if permissions were not granted. In this situation, FoCal would not connect to cameras, typically with unintuitive errors or timeouts.

We have now integrated FoCal with the macOS permisssions system, so on startup you will be asked to grant permissions to Photos and Removable Volumes. These are both required in order to communicate with cameras. If you do not grant permission (or have previously denied permission), FoCal is now much clearer about informing you.

Nikon Z50 Support – Beta

We’ve fixed some issues with the Nikon Z50 support introduced in FoCal 2.11 Beta 1.

Nikon Z 50 support in ths release is still in “beta” – we’d very much welcome feedback from users that can test with this camera.

Integration with FoCal IQ

FoCal IQ is our new data comparison website, which currently has detailed information on the performance of around 400 lenses, built from the results data uploaded from FoCal tests.

Reikan FoCal IQ

Where information is available at FoCal IQ, FoCal will show a link to jump in and have a look at the details.

FoCal IQ Link

More details…

There are more details in the changelog on the release notes for this version.

How do I get FoCal 2.11 Beta 2

Download FoCal 2.11 Beta 2 for Windows or macOS by logging in to the LMS at Once logged in, you will see a download link to the software.

FoCal 2.11 Beta 2 is available to all users that are within their Included Updates Period as of 16th December 2019 (the release date of FoCal 2.11 Beta 1). 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  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 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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2 comments on “FoCal 2.11 Beta 2

  • Frank Neulichedl says:

    Had a Z50 for rent to test it out and it worked well with FoCal — I had sometimes connection issues in the beginning (had to retry a few times) but once it was connected it worked well.

    • Hi Frank,

      Thank you for your feedback 🙂

      The earlier 2.11 beta releases worked for most Nikon Z50, once we received our Z50 (and with help from users) we have ironed out any potential issues with this release!

      Best Regards,


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