We’ve kept the changes minimal for this release of Reikan FoCal 2.12 Beta 1 to bring you support for the new Nikon D780 – the first Nikon cameras which support AF Fine Tune at both ends of the zoom range.
What’s New in FoCal 2.12 Beta 1
Nikon D780 Support
The official Nikon documentation is not yet available for the Nikon D780, but as we have one in the lab we’ve developed against it and resolved any unknowns.
From a software point-of-view, the D780 is much more like the Nikon Z-series mirrorless cameras and suggests a shift to a common and more modern interface. It led to a couple of interesting development problems while we were adding support for the D780, but they’re all sorted now!
The big headline for this camera is the ability to set AF Fine Tune values for both the wide and telephoto ends of a zoom lens, as shown in the screenshot above, notice the AF Fine Tune Value part! (Check out the dedicated blog entry for more details).
During calibration, FoCal will instruct you which setting to change and you just jump into the D780 menu and change either the Wide or Telephoto option:
There are more details in the changelog on the release notes for this version.
How do I get FoCal 2.12 Beta 1
Download FoCal 2.12 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 2.12 Beta 1 is available to all users that are within their Included Updates Period as of 16th March 2020 (the release date of FoCal 2.12 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 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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