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LensAlign MkII Focus Calibration System

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Product Highlights
  • Precise Autofocus Adjustment
  • Corrects Front/Back Focusing Problems
  • For DSLRs with AF Micro-Adjustment
  • True Parallel Alignment System
  • Dual Sided Ruler for Display Options
  • 1/4"-20 Tripod Mount
  • Simple, No Tool Assembly
  • Optional 24" Long Ruler

The MkII Focus Calibration System from LensAlign uses your camera's menu-based auto focus fine-tune function to match each of your lenses auto focus systems to your camera body for precise focusing. The MkII assembles into a system that offers a dual-sided focus target and a focus display ruler.

To use, simply place the MkII on a table or use the integrated 1/4"-20 tripod mount to set the system on a tripod and with your DSLR on a second tripod, use the True Parallel Alignment feature to accurately align camera and target. With the aperture open as much as possible, focus your lens onto the target and see your lens's focus error (or lack thereof) on the display ruler. Afterward, simply enter the data garnered into your camera's menu and it will adjust the auto focus to be precise and retain that information to be utilized each time you use that specific lens.

The MkII is the second generation calibration tool from LensAlign and is built of sturdy card stock and polystyrene. It assembles and disassembles easily for versatile long term use with any lens and with DSLR's equipped with auto focus adjustment capability.

The LensAlign MkII target features a front sighting plate with precision focus target and TPA sighting ports. The rear sighting plate on the target provides additional parts of the TPA sighting system.
The 10.5" plastic Focus Display Ruler offers a choice of graphic display patterns on both sides (black with white numerals and white with black numerals) and is situated along the focus target at a 20º angle for optimized depth of field display.
True Parallel Alignment is the basis that provides visual verification of perfect camera positioning during AF calibration. The orientation of your camera is essential for accurate analysis and adjustment of the camera's auto-focus systems.
The MkII system disassembles easily for storage and travel.
Dimensions 11 x 4 x 6 " (28 x 10 x 15 cm)
Weight 6.1 oz (173 g)
LensAlign MkII Focus Calibration System
  • Focus Display Ruler
  • Precision Focus Target
  • Limited 1-year Warranty
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    LensAlignMkII Focus Calibration System
     
    4.3

    (based on 21 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    • 2 Stars

       

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    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (13)
    • Easy to use (10)
    • Reliable (7)
    • Durable (6)

    Cons

    • Difficult to use (3)

    Best Uses

        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Enthusiast (9), Semi-professional (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (15)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      I had NO idea!!!!

      I have a Canon 5D MKll and a 7D. I use really good glass and I've gotten really nice results for years. Then I bought the LensAlign MKll Focus System (along with Focus...Read complete review

      I have a Canon 5D MKll and a 7D. I use really good glass and I've gotten really nice results for years. Then I bought the LensAlign MKll Focus System (along with Focus Tune software) on a whim. I found the assembly, setup and adjustment process to be pretty easy and actually fun once I got rolling.The next day I went out with my 70-200 f/2.8 L on my 5Dll to see if I could see much difference. Everything looked OK on the camera display but when I got home on loaded the pics into Lightroom I was absolutely BLOWN AWAY by the SPECTACULAR improvement in accuracy and sharpness. I went on to check my 50mm f/1.2 L, 24-70 f/2.8 L, 100mm f/2.8 Macro and other lenses. Each and every lens I had calibrated showed similar improvement - SERIOUS improvement. If your camera allows for autofocus micro-adjustments I strongly recommend this. I realize there are other products out there but this one gets great reviews and, as an added bonus, Michael Tapes Design actually answered my emailed support question overnight.If you don't have autofocus microadjustment capability it could still be a good investment. If you know the direction of inaccuracy (backfocus or front focus) you can focus on an ear or the nose and get the eyes sharp, for example (as described on the LensAlign site).Is it expensive? Considering I spent around $2,500 on my 70-200 and $2,300 for my 24-70 (not to mention a few thousand on other lenses)I would consider this as a cheap ticket to a whole new world of photography. It's cheaper than a good UV filter and FAR more useful. Buy it. Use it. Love it.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Easy to use - mixed results

      The MkII Focus Calibration System by LensAlign is easy enough to use. The cardboard parts are surprisingly sturdy. Initially, assembling was a puzzling experience, although the included assembly instructions were helpful.
      Once...Read complete review

      The MkII Focus Calibration System by LensAlign is easy enough to use. The cardboard parts are surprisingly sturdy. Initially, assembling was a puzzling experience, although the included assembly instructions were helpful.
      Once assembled the product was easy to use, although time consuming. Also usage instructions were not included in the package, and I had to go online to learn how to use the product. I expected my camera and lens combination to produce sharper results than they did (Nikon D800 and Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 lens). Looking at the resulting RAW files, it was sometimes difficult to tell which way focus adjustments should go, and how much. While I accept the possibility that I was not using the product correctly, I expected this Focus Calibration System to product more predictable, repeatable results.

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      5.0

      Just as important as good white balance

      By Schmidty

      from Mankato, MN

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Underwater
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about LensAlign MkII Focus Calibration System:

        Nice to have the ability to ensure that your camera is focusing properly.

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        5.0

        highly recommended

        By wrenchrig

        from Sydney, Australia

        Comments about LensAlign MkII Focus Calibration System:

        I highly recommend a focus calibration tool such as this. Once you've missed on a few shots you can't easily go back and re-shoot, checking and or calibration of your lenses with your camera body is a must! Even with expensive glass this is a must if you want the most from your gear

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        5.0

        Shocked

        By Greg

        from Texas

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about LensAlign MkII Focus Calibration System:

              I primarily used this system to align my Sigma 120-300 sports lens. It took some time to get it right and I used the Sigma dock to adjust the lens.
              While I was at it I also did my L lenses and was shocked that even they needed adjustment on my Canon 7D. As mentioned by others the kit is expensive for what it is, but I guess the future will require lens alignment with everything you purchase.

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              5.0

              A must have

              By Victor Trasvina

              from New York NY

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Flimsy Construction

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Underwater
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about LensAlign MkII Focus Calibration System:

              I started shooting back on the film days when composition was much more important than pixel peeping so for a long while i assumed that calibrating your lenses was just a little to much but oh boy was i wrong ! My rate of keepers just increased and it just nails it the shoots pretty much 99% of the time ! I highly recommend it !

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              5.0

              Excellent Calibration Tool

              By joatmondav

              from Tennessee

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Lens Calibration

                Comments about LensAlign MkII Focus Calibration System:

                I used this to calibrate a Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens and it made significant improvements to the quality of photos made with the lens.

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                4.0

                Good System - Target Could Be Larger

                By Monic

                from Danville, IN

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Not Consistent

                  Best Uses

                  • Lenscamera Calibration

                  Comments about LensAlign MkII Focus Calibration System:

                  I have calibrated my zoom telephoto lenses and Canon 5Diii. The system works fairly well, but a bigger target would make the job so much easier. As it is, I have to run the same test several times just to make sure of the results. On one zoom, the process was straightforward. On the other zoom lens, I got very inconsistent results. After a lot of fiddling, I got the results to repeat.So... my conclusion is that the process works but you need to double check your results. If you get inconsistent results try increasing the light on the target, change the background color, try setting camera to color/B&W. Eventually, you will find a combination that is repeatable.

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                  4.0

                  Serves it purpose

                  By Photo Joe

                  from Fort Myers Fl.

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Difficult To Use

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape Photography

                  Comments about LensAlign MkII Focus Calibration System:

                  Align My Long Lenses
                  Easy To Put Together
                  Rear Sighting Not Easy to use

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Helpful Device

                  By farff

                  from Jackson, Miss.

                  About Me Semi-Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Checking Autofocus

                    Comments about LensAlign MkII Focus Calibration System:

                    This is a very helpful device if you need to dial in some fine tuning to your camera's autofocus system. It helped me gain more confidence using my fast lenses, knowing that they were reliable at full stop.

                    Only complaint is that (while it is relatively straight forward) no instructions are included, and it is pretty expensive for what you get.

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                    4.0

                    Good Product, but w/ Significant Limits

                    By SF_Photog

                    from San Francisco, CA

                    About Me Semi-Professional

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                    • Difficult To Use
                    • Not Durable

                    Best Uses

                    • 400mm Focal Lengths Max

                    Comments about LensAlign MkII Focus Calibration System:

                    While I've seen complaints that the instructions are less than superlative, with some diligence, you'll find out what you need to know. The problem this product has is that 1) determining the AF Micro adjustment is NOT scientific [it's up to your judgement], 2) the target is rather flimsy and easily misaligned and/or damaged, 3) the target is not finely-enough scribed to precisely determine focused-or-not-focused and most importantly 4) it doesn't work well if you have an effective focal length [lens FL x sensor crop factor x any teleconverter factor you might use] greater than 800mm, since it requires an undisturbed test platform 20 meters (66 feet) long. I bought it to adjust a Canon 600mm f/4 IS II lens attached to a Canon 7D [sensor crop factor = 1.6, meaning 960mm effective focal length]. I had significant problems establishing an AF Micro Adjust value [due to factors 3 & 4 cited above], but I finally guessed at a reasonable setting. I found it much easier (and far less expensive) to test/set a good value in the field in a real-life setting [which is all you really want after all!]. Furthermore, there is evidence to suggest that there is not just one setting that works for all possible subject-to-camera distances [it gets even more complicated if you have a zoom], so you need to be cognizant of this. In summary, if you are new to all this, then this is a good product, learn from it, and understand how AF Micro Adjustment works. If you are an advanced shooter and understand AF Micro Adjustment, then I'm sure you will be able to do better for yourself in the field, PROVIDED YOU FULLY UNDERSTAND HOW THIS AND SIMILAR PRODUCTS WORK! I'd give 4.5 stars to non-pros and 3.5 stars to pros.

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                    4.0

                    New life for my lenses

                    By Adrien

                    from Grass vaey

                    Comments about LensAlign MkII Focus Calibration System:

                    I was concerned initially at the reported flimsyness but in a studio where this calibrarion should take place, the product does what its supposed to do, and i definitely notice a huge improvement especially on some of my older lenses. I appreciate that the packaging isight and dont mi d downloading their instructions to save a tree.

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                    5.0

                    Does the job

                    By Oleg

                    from Los Gatos, CA

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Price

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about LensAlign MkII Focus Calibration System:

                      I suspected my lens in back focusing so decided to give micro-adjustment a try. This calibration system revealed the problem. It is easy to assemble and fun to use. It's a bit pricey, but still OK comparing to good lens's price

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                      5.0

                      Very good!

                      By jfpidge

                      from Adstock, Canada

                      Comments about LensAlign MkII Focus Calibration System:

                      Easy to assemble, seems sturdy enough. You have to go to the web site to get the instructions to properly use the product but they are well written. Using the device is straight forward as long as you take the necessary time to have a good alignment with the camera. There is no place to rush things here if you want to have meaningful results!

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                      3.0

                      good tool, not cheap and poor directions

                      By Georgia from Colorado

                      from Boulder, CO

                      About Me Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                      • Difficult To Use

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about LensAlign MkII Focus Calibration System:

                        The tool works as described but it's not cheap for the way it's made. The directions are minimal and the website will provide somewhat better directions. The owner of this company has a ridiculously bad video on youtube that is so unclear that it makes sense why the directions are so poor. Having said all this, the tool does work and once figured out it will calibrate your lenses. I'm still happy I bought it but only gave it 3 stars based on price and directions.

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                        5.0

                        Excellent Tool for Focus Calibration

                        By docjj1

                        from Williamsville, NY

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about LensAlign MkII Focus Calibration System:

                            LensAlign MkII is a great tool for micro focus adjustment of your individual lenses. I used it with my Canon 5D Mark III and several Canon EF L lenses. The process worked pretty flawlessly and improved my focus with my various lenses.

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                            4.0

                            Does the job

                            By Mike

                            from Staten Island ny

                            Comments about LensAlign MkII Focus Calibration System:

                            The lens align does what it says it should do, but the construction is very flimsy. For that kind of money it should be a little more sturdier. It's not something you want leave around... anything can knock it over or crush it. With that aside, I was able to test all my lenses and adjust appropriately. Nice product

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                            4.0

                            Overpriced X5

                            By GDTm©

                            from Russia Moscow

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                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about LensAlign MkII Focus Calibration System:

                                  Штука замечательная, все точно. Изготовлена, упакована прекрасно. НО Цена!!! бредовая

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                                  5.0

                                  Sharpen your focus

                                  By eagle eye

                                  from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

                                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                  • Directions Are Not Writte

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about LensAlign MkII Focus Calibration System:

                                    I purchased this product for a new Nikon mount Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 lens. At 35mm, f1.8 & short focusing distances distance, there is not much depth of field & this lens seemed to be back focusing. the Lens Align proved this to be true & with the Sigma Dock, it was easy to make adjustments to the focus. The MK11 worked just as well with the Nikon AFS 80-400mm G lens. This product took less than 5 minutes to assemble & is well built. It is a good product to determine focus problems.

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                                    2.0

                                    To expensive for quality of material

                                    By Jake

                                    from Collegeville, PA

                                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use

                                    Cons

                                    • Not Durable

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about LensAlign MkII Focus Calibration System:

                                      I was disappointed with the quality of material for the price paid. It might have been worth the price at $30.00, not $[$]. I returned it for that reason.

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                                      3.0

                                      Easy to use - mixed results

                                      By Ori

                                      from Exton, PA

                                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Durable
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                      • Not Functional

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about LensAlign MkII Focus Calibration System:

                                        The MkII Focus Calibration System by LensAlign is easy enough to use. The cardboard parts are surprisingly sturdy. Initially, assembling was a puzzling experience, although the included assembly instructions were helpful.
                                        Once assembled the product was easy to use, although time consuming. Also usage instructions were not included in the package, and I had to go online to learn how to use the product. I expected my camera and lens combination to produce sharper results than they did (Nikon D800 and Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 lens). Looking at the resulting RAW files, it was sometimes difficult to tell which way focus adjustments should go, and how much. While I accept the possibility that I was not using the product correctly, I expected this Focus Calibration System to product more predictable, repeatable results.

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                                        • No

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                                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        4.0

                                        Good Tool and Great Service

                                        By jerseypilot

                                        from Oconomowoc, WI

                                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Durable
                                        • Easy To Use
                                        • Lightweight
                                        • Reliable

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Everyday use

                                          Comments about LensAlign MkII Focus Calibration System:

                                          Used a tool that a club has; was taking too long to get around to use again. Went to the B&H web sight and found it quickly. Ordering was easy and shipped quickly. All my lens are now focusing better and my photographs are more sharp.

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