LensAlign MkII Focus Calibration System

LensAlign MkII Focus Calibration System

LensAlign MkII Focus Calibration System

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
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LensAlign LA-LA2 overview

  • 1Description

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.
UPC: 689076657396
In the Box
LensAlign MkII Focus Calibration System
  • Focus Display Ruler
  • Precision Focus Target
  • Limited 1-year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    LensAlign LA-LA2 specs

    Dimensions 11 x 4 x 6 " (28 x 10 x 15 cm)
    Weight 6.1 oz (173 g)
    Packaging Infowqcutcwfyv
    Package Weight 0.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.8 x 5.3 x 0.7"

    LensAlign LA-LA2 reviews

    MkII Focus Calibration System is rated 4.1 out of 5 by 47.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good but needs user manuals and software. The system to calibrate your lenses is OK. However, the written information is very insufficient. In order to really understand how to set up and use the system, you need to watch all of the videos in their website and pick up bits and pieces of the necessary information. I don't understand why then don't produce a Set Up manual and a User manual. Furthermore, in my opinion, it is quite difficult to judge the results of your calibration without the use of their FocusTune software. So, I would suggest that, if you like the system, you purchase the complete set, LensAlign MkII and the FocusTune Software, in the slightly cheaper bundle package.
    Date published: 2016-12-02
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Satisfied I have the wonderful Nikon 58mm 1.4G, which is also notorious for requiring micro adjustment. This really worked for calibrating that lens and it is not focusing much more consistently. It needs more in the way of written instructions, even the linked web videos do not provide a perfect explanation. I also personally got better results doing my tests handheld (as opposed to on a tripod) and these test results were confirmed by use in the field. I'd recommend this kit if you're having trouble with a particular lens. It won't make your lenses sharper though, but it will confirm and fix a lens that you feel isn't acting up to it's potential.
    Date published: 2015-08-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works as Desired I typically use Focal to AFMA my lenses. But I had several other reasons to have a second system including a check on Focal, a quick AFMA check, something to travel with, to check the AFMA at different distances, and I recently purchased a Sigma 150-600S + Sigma dock and wanted something quicker for using that set up. Thus far, LensAlign has been great. I've used it a couple of times and let me see how my lens was doing at different distances. Previously I had used a ruler for quick checks and this is a much more convenient set up. So, it does exactly what I had expected. The only issue I have is that it is smaller than expected.
    Date published: 2015-01-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good System - Target Could Be Larger 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.
    Date published: 2014-05-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product If you have focus problems, microadjusting your camera may help. I've tried DYI approaches in the past, but have been using LensAlign for the past five years. Invariably, it zeros each lens with your multiple bodies and you have to do it only once. It's reproducible if you do it again and again. It doesn't come with any instructions, but how hard is it to type Lensalign into Youtube? Those videos are very clear and will get you running in only the time it takes to watch them. Theory and practice are clearly explained. You can try three crayons on end along a diagonal line. You can also try to sharpen a knife with one of the rocks in your garden. You've got a multi-thousand dollar body, why not make it work perfectly. Expensive? How expensive are uniformly sharp photo? Can you sell more photos if they're in focus? You get what you pay for.
    Date published: 2015-08-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2013-08-14
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from good tool, not cheap and poor directions 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.
    Date published: 2014-01-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sharpen your focus 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.
    Date published: 2013-11-12
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