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DatacolorSpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid
 
4.2

(based on 78 reviews)

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    (39)

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    (22)

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    (14)

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    (1)

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    (2)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (42)
  • Lightweight (27)
  • Reliable (21)
  • Compact (16)
  • Durable (13)

Cons

  • Poor instructions/manual (3)
  • Pricey / poor value (3)
  • Small viewing area (3)

Best Uses

  • Travel (7)
  • Landscape/scenery (6)
  • Sports/action (6)
  • Family photos (5)
  • Portraits (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (13), Photo enthusiast (11), Pro photographer (10), Enthusiast (7), Professional (6)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (19), Business (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (42)
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A Simple, Effect Focus Aid

The Spyderlnescal is a well-constructed, easy to use device to help fine tune the auto-focus systems on select DSLR's which have that feature. I found it very easy to set up and use with...Read complete review

The Spyderlnescal is a well-constructed, easy to use device to help fine tune the auto-focus systems on select DSLR's which have that feature. I found it very easy to set up and use with a Nikon D300. The scale was clear enough that I was able to make fine adjustments just using the camera's rear screen.

The kit is all self-contained. It is constructed of heavy plastic which folds into position or flat for storage. It has a built-in bubble level and a brass 1/4-20 thread for a tripod. There is a product manual and a video on the Datacolor site for suggestions on using the Spderlenscal.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good tool but not for everybody

SpyderLensCal is a good tool if you can get around the sales pitch, find the basic instructions and have a basic knowledge of technical photography. If you own one of the few cameras that...Read complete review

SpyderLensCal is a good tool if you can get around the sales pitch, find the basic instructions and have a basic knowledge of technical photography. If you own one of the few cameras that have the capability of lens to film plane adjustments and if you work a lot on location were you bump and bang your gear constantly, it can be very useful. If you are an average weekend shooter, this tool is not for you, unless you like to play with toys. The pros: Once the pieces are in the correct place the correction process is quick, straight forward and accurate! The cons: The equipment comes with no manual, you have to download it from their web site, then the link to the manual doesn't work, your best bet is to Google SpyderLensCal, this will take you to the site where you can download a printable manual. The video is nothing but a sales pitch, telling you how "easy" it's to calibrate your lens, you will not miss anything by skipping it. Your best choice for camera to target support is a long table or any long surface that will keep your target and camera on the same plane, if you have "plenty of time" in your hands, you can use two tripods or a tripod and a light stand. Follow the basic instructions to focus on the target according to the lens that you are calibrating, then, you have to use the most important tool, (not included in the kit) "a tape measure". To fine tune your focusing you have to measure the minimum distance of the lens in use from the film plane (marked in your camera body) to the focusing plane of the target (the vertical face) with a tolerance error of no more than 0.25" in. After this, everything else is peachy. I would have given this tool a higher score, but the lack of proper instructions and the deceiving "anybody can do it" took some of the bang from it. I will recommend this instrument to people that have a good technical grasp of lens to camera relation. Definitively not for amateurs or photographers with no knowledge on the subject, at list, until you read a few things before diving in to it.

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5.0

Simple, but good

By Stuart B.

from Greenwich, CT

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Macro Photography
    • Portraits

    Comments about Datacolor SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid:

    The design works fairly well. I wish there was a more affirmative clicking into position at the point where the vertical and diagonal pieces intersect.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Does the job

    By Eric

    from CT

    Comments about Datacolor SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid:

    Does what it is intended to do. Could use better instructions and quite pricy for some plastic. Not many cheaper options out there.

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    1.0

    Pretty flimsy for the price.

    By CookieMonstersNemesis

    from Ontario.

    Comments about Datacolor SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid:

    Doesn't seem to snap together and therefore doesn't sit straight. I found this lens calibrator to be more of a gimmic product. The instructions are pretty vague, too so you're best to search YouTube videos online to really understand how to use it. May not be the same for everyone, but I found the results of the calibration to be no different. Images are still a little soft.

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    5.0

    Simple and easy to use.

    By Kaseyk13

    from New London, Ohio

    About Me Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • My Photos Are Sharper Now
    • Reliable

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • One Time Calibration

    Comments about Datacolor SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid:

    I didn't even know my lens was front focusing until comparing shots from my 7d to my wife's 5d mkII. It's so easy use. My DIY project wasn't cutting it as far as being consistent. It's not cheap but not too expensive for the time it saves.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Good for primes

    By unclemikey

    from Richmond VA

    About Me Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Calibrating lenses

      Comments about Datacolor SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid:

      Unit is easy to use and set up. Wish there was some way to calibrate zooms efficiently. All my prime lenses are now calibrated and I'm satisfied with the product but it does seem expensive for some plastic parts.

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      5.0

      SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration

      By Jallen

      from Lees summit, MO

      About Me Semi-Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Macro Photography
        • Portraits
        • Studio

        Comments about Datacolor SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid:

        Product works great, it does work best if you have 2 tripods, or at least it is easier.
        When focus is an issue, if using a lens wide open it is really helpful ti check the cameras auto focus

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        3.0

        Works like a charm but way over priced

        By Dave

        from Fort Collins, Co

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape Photography
          • Macro Photography
          • Portraits
          • Studio

          Comments about Datacolor SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid:

          Would not be without one when unpacking that new lens. This is a $[$].00 product not $[$].00 plus! I will let all my photo friends us mine instead of them buying one.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Nice tool, but pricey.

          By hexhw

          from NJ

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

          • Pricey

          Best Uses

          • See Product Description

          Comments about Datacolor SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid:

          I am very happy with this LensCal. It looks and works much better that the previous hand-made one. It folds for easy storage. Bubble level is a great help. The quality is good, and it does the job well. I think it's over priced considering the frequency of use. Overall, I am happy with the purchase.

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          4.0

          Great tool

          By Stephanie W.

          from Jacksonville, FL

          About Me Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Excellent design
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use

          Best Uses

          • All types of photography

          Comments about Datacolor SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid:

          I used the calibrator to adjust my lenses to my two bodies and even though my lenses were fairly close to perfect already the minor tweaks still made a difference in the final product I provide to my clients. Be sure to have the spyderlenscal at the correct distance away from your camera based on the focal length of your lens attached.

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          5.0

          Works As Advertised

          By PhotoNut

          from USA

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Lens Focus Calibration

            Comments about Datacolor SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid:

            Simple to use and accurate results. Helps to verify lens is focusing correctly.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great Product!

            By PJSM

            from Caguas, Puerto Rico

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Datacolor SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid:

                  B&H were very quick to deliver the product ordered.
                  This is a great product that's easy to use and gives the ability to make adjustments in your lens focus.

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                  5.0

                  I would buy this product again

                  By J Heck

                  from New York

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Datacolor SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid:

                      great product and great price

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Pricey plastic; does the job advertised

                      By Jon

                      from Driftwood, TX

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Expensive

                        Comments about Datacolor SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid:

                        I recently purchased a new body that provides the ability to perform AFMA (auto-focus micro adjustments). Naturally, I just HAD to put the camera through its AFMA paces with each of my lenses (3 zooms, one with a teleconverter, and 2 primes). To this purpose, I purchased a SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid.During testing, the only lens that needed adjustment was my 24-105 zoom (on the wide end), but since its max aperture is only f/4, the adjustment wasn't critical.The SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid performs exactly as advertised, and is an excellent tool for its intended purpose. I paid for mine with the B&H 2% Reward from the camera I had just purchased. Not sure I would have spent "real" dollars to buy one for more than [$]

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                        3.0

                        OK

                        By JCHPIX

                        from Ilulissat, Greenland

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use

                        Cons

                        • Expensive

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Datacolor SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid:

                          It works as intended but it is the most expensive piece of plastic I've ever bought

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                          5.0

                          Awesome service and delivery

                          By tpatzalek

                          from Burlington, Ontario, Canada

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Datacolor SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid:

                              B&H were very quick to deliver the product ordered. Exactly what was expect when ordered. I couldn't believe how fast this was delivered. They stand behind their word!
                              The product is great for properly testing the AF on all digital cameras. Other charts which only use an angle are inferior. This completes the job perfectly!
                              Would definitely use them again!

                              Great job! Thank you.
                              Tony Patzalek
                              Nortown Photo Service

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                              5.0

                              Great Calibration Aid

                              By Peter 138

                              from Bonney Lake

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Durable
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Datacolor SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid:

                                  this is very easy to set up and light wight.

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                                  5.0

                                  Very easy to use

                                  By PhotoSharpe

                                  from NC

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Compact
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy to Use

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • As Intended

                                    Comments about Datacolor SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid:

                                    This is a great product that's easy to use and gives the ability to make micro adjustments in your lens' focus. Instructions are well written.

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                                    3.0

                                    Great idea but not clear how to use

                                    By Sad Panda

                                    from Australia

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Durable
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                    • Confusing To Use

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Datacolor SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid:

                                      I give this 3 stars because the instructions are unclear on how to use them and there are conflicting reports on the web. Its a great idea and I think perfect to get piece of mind if you shoot wide open. My only gripe is the conflicting reports on where to aim the focus point and the distance to shoot from. This device needs to be as perfect as possible when set up to ensure accuracy and I don't feel 100% confident I have done so correctly. granted it could just be me but canon and datacoour have conflicting distances and a few places conflict with aiming the focal point on the kain target vs the small target left of the ruler.

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                                      5.0

                                      Good checker, didn't need to adjust

                                      By Leon

                                      from Seattle, WA

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Compact
                                      • Durable
                                      • Easy to Use
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • All Purpose Photography

                                        Comments about Datacolor SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid:

                                        Does what it's supposed to, it's a good check to do as a part of cleaning your gear. Folds flat and stores into my airport sized backpack very well. I took it overseas with me.

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                                        3.0

                                        Works as advertised but expensive...

                                        By PBradley

                                        from Salt Lake City, Utah

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Compact
                                        • Folds Flat For Storage
                                        • Good Guality
                                        • Quick Setup

                                        Cons

                                        • Expensive

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Datacolor SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid:

                                          Works well in helping to calibrate all my lenses. I used it with 6 lenses on a Nikon D800 body. One lens (85mm 1.4) required a major adjustment and it has made a huge improvement in the focus accuracy of that lens.

                                          Very expensive for what it is. You could easily make your own calibration aid!

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