David Cardinal: Saving Your Photo Safari with Datacolor’s SpyderLensCal
Jun 2012 10

A common complaint among serious photographers is that their cameras don’t focus accurately. “Back-focus” and “front-focus” are both dreaded ailments that can plague any SLR (digital or film) and lens combination. Fresh from the factory, lens and camera are supposed to be calibrated so this doesn’t happen. However, not only does that not always occur, but once a lens and camera are in the field, it is only a matter of time before slight changes in the alignment can cause focus to drift.

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Updated List of Cameras Supporting SpyderLensCal
Jul 2012 13

SpyderLENSCAL can check the autofocus of any

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David Cardinal: Taming Color in Wildlife Photography
Aug 2012 14

Most articles on color management focus on the issues of reproducing product colors or skintones. But studio and portrait photographers aren’t the only ones who face color management issues. Even though wildlife doesn’t come with a set of Pantone chips that need to be matched, accurate color management and a full color-aware workflow is essential to creating the best possible wildlife and nature images.

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CD Tobie: Canon 5D Mark lll and Nikon D800 Color Comparison
Sep 2012 04

This article compares the uncalibrated and calibrated color from Canon and Nikon’s recently released pro camera bodies: the Canon 5D Mark lll, and the Nikon D800. I recently spent two weeks in Tuscany shooting with other photographers. One of those was Kevin O’Connor, who was carrying the new Nikon D800, while I was carrying the Canon 5D Mark lll. It was interesting to compare the two cameras in terms of various types of shooting from sports to glamour, from food to landscape, not to mention low light and long lenses. But this article focusses on one factor of each camera: its native color, and its calibrated color.

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Datacolor Introduces SpyderCAPTURE PRO
Sep 2012 19

Photographers have long understood that the most important element in controlling their color is display calibration. And those that are serious about making their own prints also understand the value of custom printer profiles in getting the best results and reducing trial-and-error test prints. But many photographers are only recently becoming aware of capture calibration.  Datacolor’s new SpyderCAPTURE PRO product is designed with this new interest in capture calibration in mind.

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Gianluca Colla: Reasons To Calibrate Autofocus (Part 2)
Oct 2012 09

Now that we have seen in this article why we need to calibrate the autofocus of our camera/lens combination (CLC) let’s see how to do it. In a nut-shell, we point the camera at the SpyderLENSCAL, we focus on the vertical target, take a picture, and by zooming in the picture (on the camera display or, better, on a computer screen) we can verify on the ruler whether the front or rear section is sharper (ideally should be the zero, but….) In case the numbers in the ruler’s front area are sharper than zero, then the lens is ‘front focusing’, in case the numbers on the rear are sharper, then the lens is back focusing and we can use the in-camera menu to fine tune the focus. That’s the quick explanation, let’s go through the in depth process.

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Updated List of SpyderLENSCAL Supported Cameras
Oct 2012 11

SpyderLENSCAL Auto-Focus Adjustment Test Shot[/caption]Here’s an update to the list of cameras capable of being fine-tuned by SpyderLENSCAL, including cameras released or announced at Photokina. The latest Canon models actually allow calibration at both ends of the zoom range of zoom lenses, making SpyderLENSCAL even more important.

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C. David Tobie: SpyderLENSCAL for Video Focus Control
Apr 2013 30

Datacolor’s SpyderLENSCAL is used to check the auto-focus on still cameras, and to micro-adjust the auto-focus on cameras with micro-adjustment controls in their in-camera menu. However, there are other uses for SpyderLENSCAL. This article describes how to use it to assist with focus settings in video, TV, and cinema capture workflows.

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