FoCal 2.13 (Beta 1) adds support for the newest Canon DSLR – the EOS-1D X Mark III. This camera brings an all-new AF system with improved accuracy and operation, including AF microadjustment at both ends of the zoom range.
What’s New in FoCal 2.13 Beta 1
Canon EOS-1D X Mark III
The new 1-series camera from Canon boasts a hugely impressive set of specs: 20.1MP image sensor, ISO range up to 819,200, 20fps shooting in Live View and lots more.
The AF system has been revamped and uses a new high-resolution dedicated CMOS sensor purely for phase-detect autofocus, along with an AI-based processing system to adapt to the target subject.
FoCal fully supports the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III, allowing automatic autofocus calibration with minimal user interaction (User-Assisted Mode) as well as autofocus consistency, aperture sharpness and dust analysis measurements.
We’re releasing this version as a beta but it’s really a release-candidate and assuming there are no critical issues reported we will shortly be releasing the full General Availability version. If you have a chance to test with this beta version we would be very grateful for any feedback, especially its operation with the 1D X Mark III.
Canon related fixes
Adding new cameras to FoCal often highlights potential improvements that can be made to the support of older cameras. We run the full suite of our automated tests for supported cameras before release, and we’ve improved these to include some extra test cases.
In doing this, we’ve improved live view startup reliability on Canon cameras, as well as better detection of some focus parameters.
There are more details in the changelog on the release notes for this release.
How do I get FoCal 2.13 Beta 1
Download FoCal 2.13 Beta 1 for Windows or macOS by logging in to the account system via lms.fo-cal.co.uk. Once logged in, you will see a download link to the software.
FoCal 2.13 Beta 1 is available to all users that are within their Included Updates Period as of 29th April 2020 (the release date of FoCal 2.13 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 12 months of updates by logging in to the account system via lms.fo-cal.co.uk and going to the Included Updates Period section.
If you’re not yet a FoCal user, you can purchase the software as a download or boxed product, as well as Focal Hard Targets from the FoCal Online Store.
Please note that with the current Covid-19 situation, we have stopped shipping hard targets from our store for the near future. You can print a target for calibration at home using the files supplied with the download package, and we will be shipping hard targets again as soon as possible.
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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