Datacolor SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid

BH #DASL • MFR #SLC100
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Datacolor SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid
Key Features
  • Test Your Camera's Autofocus
The SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid from Datacolor is a focus test chart, designed for use with select DSLRs that support autofocus adjustment. The chart allows you to test the autofocus accuracy of your camera, making it easy to fine-tune it for optimum performance.
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Datacolor SLC100 Overview

The SpyderLensCal Autofocus Calibration Aid from Datacolor is a focus test chart, designed for use with select DSLRs that support autofocus adjustment. The chart allows you to test the autofocus accuracy of your camera, making it easy to fine-tune it for optimum performance.

The SpyderLensCal features a built-in level and tripod mount, allowing you to create precise testing environments. Cameras that support autofocus adjustments such as the Canon 5D Mk II, 5D Mk III, 1D Mk III, 1D Mk IV, and 1Ds Mk III, as are supported. Please consult your owner's manual to confirm that your camera supports autofocus adjustment.

Fast, easy solution for your interchangeable lenses and recent DSLR bodies provides razor-sharp auto-focusing, using modern DSLR autofocus micro-adjustment technology
Compact, lightweight and durable, with integrated level and tripod mount, making this the most convenient way to adjust your own camera gear
Save time and hassle of sending your equipment in for service. Now you can check or calibrate your own lenses
Accurate and repeatable calibration of your lenses and recent DSLR bodies
Worthwhile investment to ensure your camera is focusing your lenses as precisely as possible
UPC: 719821323822

Datacolor SLC100 Specs

RequirementsCamera with autofocus adjustment capability

Partial List:
Canon: 50D, 7D, 5D Mk II, 5D Mk III, 1D Mk III, 1D Mk IV, 1Ds Mk III

Please consult your owner's manual to see if your camera supports autofocus adjustment.
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.65 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)12.45 x 6.9 x 1.55"
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Does this require any additional software?
Asked by: Yuri
No additional software is required.
Answered by: Moe
Date published: 2021-05-05

I have eos R it will work with it

I have eos R it will work with it
Asked by: Shafiq
Yes it will , micro adjustment
Answered by: vilson
Date published: 2021-02-10

Will this work with a Canon 5D Mark iv? Thanks!

Will this work with a Canon 5D Mark iv? Thanks!
Asked by: Nicholas
Yes.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2021-01-15

If I am calibrating a macro lens (Nikon 60mm 2.8) ...

If I am calibrating a macro lens (Nikon 60mm 2.8) I use primarily for macro, should I calibrate with the target 25x away from the lens, or at macro distance?
Asked by: Chris
Typically macro lenses are manually focused, auto focusing a macro lens when shooting close ups is difficult and not practical. You would only need to calibrate your lens if you are auto focusing it.
Answered by: Rob
Date published: 2020-08-26

Does the Datacolor SLC100 work with Canon 6D?

Does the Datacolor SLC100 work with Canon 6D?
Asked by: Patricia
Hello, This is a manual or passive calibration device in that it does not interface with your camera in any way to calibrate the camera+lense combination your are using at the time. The question is more one of does your camera support lens calibration and in this case, most in not all Canon DSLR camera support lens micro adjustments. Check you Canon settings menu for Micro Adjustment (MA). Place your camera on a tripod at the distance from the Datacolor SLC100 that you will be calibrating your lens for specifically, or use the distance fomula provided in the Datacolor SLC100 instructions. My lenses have been pretty much spot on in most cases, but I tend to be a "pixel peeper" and a little more than fanatical about sharp foucs. I find the concept of this device both simple and effective. I have used this device to calibrate all my lenses and have been happy with the results and glad that I have used it.
Answered by: Jacob
Date published: 2020-04-07

nikon d500?

nikon d500?
Asked by: Roger
The D500 has AF adjustment which can work along with this product.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2020-03-18

When using this, how can you be certain the focus ...

When using this, how can you be certain the focus target is perfectly parallel to the camera sensor, especially when calibrating telephoto lenses at long distances?
Asked by: Frank J.
Here are a few tips for getting the target perfectly parallel to the camera focal plane: First - Use tripods with level bubbles for both the camera and the target. If you don't have a second tripod, place the target on a table and make sure that the table is level in all directions. Second - Make sure that the center of the target and the center of the lens are at exactly the same height so that the camera is not pointing up or down relative to the target. Third - Once I think I have everything set properly, I lightly place a yard stick on the front face of the target. It is amazing how quickly you can see that the target face is not perfectly leveled. That 36 inch length amplifies any slight tilt of the target. I also place the yardstick on the target horizontally to make sure it is parallel to the camera sensor. Again, any slight left to right skewing is quite obvious.
Answered by: Ronald
Date published: 2020-08-24

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When calibrating a zoom lens is it necessary to calibrate at multiple focal lengths or just one focal length... Is zoomed out or zoomed in better?... Is wide open aperture better to calibrate?
Asked by: Albert F.
First - You must use the widest aperture of the lens to do the calibration, otherwise depth of field makes the depth of focus so large that the ruler will be entirely in focus. Second - You must calibrate a zoom lens at both ends of the zoom range - fully telephoto and then again at fully wide angle. Your camera should have a micro-adjustment capability for both the tele and the wide angle micro-adjustment. Third -- It is imperative that you make sure the camera film plane is parallel to the target. Both must be parallel or the focus plane will be skewed and it will be impossible to get a meaningful adjustment. Use the bubble levels in your tripod and mount the target on a tripod or at least something that can be adjusted to make it perfectly level and perfectly parallel to the camera sensor/focal plane. Fourth - Place some kind of backdrop or dark background behind the target and then light the target, not with flash (the auto focus adjust occurs before the flash), but with a bright ambient light and do not use flash at all. Fifth - Position the target at about 25 times the focal length from the camera e.g. 2500mm (approximately 100 inches) for a 100 mm lens. Sixth - Remember that there should be a slightly greater distance behind the target that's in focus compared to what is in focus in front of the target e.g. lets say that there are 6 inches in focus behind the target, then there should be approximately 4 inches in front of the target in focus. Adjust your micro-adjustment accordingly. I have used the technique on all my lenses and just about every one needed a small adjustment. One was particularly back focusing. This process does take time if you want to do it right. Most of the time is in setting up the target, the camera, the backdrop, and the target lighting. Then, depending on how many lenses you have and how many are zoom lenses (2 adjustments for each), you can expect to spend many hours doing this. However, if you do it correctly, your autofocus will be perfect.
Answered by: Ronald
Date published: 2020-11-07
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