Michael Tapes Design, maker of the highly acclaimed LensAlign Focus calibration system, has announced FocusTune, The Auto-Focus Software Solution for correcting DSLR body/lens mismatch errors and restoring maximum sharpness potential.
Why FocusTune? In a nutshell, FocusTune quickly and accurately identiﬁes the best AF ﬁne-tune adjustment setting to match a given lens with the DSLR’s body. While virtually every high-end DSLR is equipped with micro-ﬁne tuning adjustments, the manufacturers have left the users to determine the optimal ﬁne tuning for themselves. That’s why Michael Tapes originally designed LensAlign. And now with the super high resolution cameras becoming so popular, FocusTune is the clear companion to get the ﬁnest detail from these remarkable cameras. Originally conceived as a partner for LensAlign, the new product quickly took on its own identity, offering its highly accurate analysis capabilities as both a standalone tool and in conjunction with LensAlign MkII.
As Michael Tapes points out, “FocusTune’s design is ‘Photographer-Driven’. While being extremely comprehensive and accurate, it has a straightforward and simple user interface. The photographer simply takes test shots (of LensAlign or the downloadable high-contrast printable target) at various AF Adjustment settings, and loads the image ﬁles into FocusTune. The images are analyzed for sharpness, and the results are graphically displayed informing the user of the correct AF Tuning setting to enter into the camera’s AF Micro-tuning system. The camera then automatically uses this value whenever the lens is remounted. With their full kit of lenses matched to their body(s), the photographer is virtually assured of picture sharpness far superior than the “out of the box” AF system could otherwise deliver.
FocusTune also tests for AF consistency, focus point comparison, and sharpest aperture, and also performs several meta-data functions. FocusTune is a standalone software application which runs on Mac and Windows. It does not require tethering to a camera or any additional software. When teamed with LensAlign the photographer truly owns the only complete AF micro-tuning solution in the industry. This system approach allows for precision results (FocusTune alone), precision with additional speed and data (FocusTune with LensAlign), as well as ﬁeld test capability to precisely match your body and lens when no computer is available (LensAlign alone). This last situation is especially important for shoots in extreme environments where temperature and humidity can impact AF performance.
The brand new FocusTune offers professional performance and an abundance of valuable features at a generous price point, which includes both Mac and Windows licenses. FocusTune is being launched at the special introductory price of $29.95 (USD) through the end of the year (2012). LensAlign MkII owners get a discounted intro price $19.95. A fully functional demo version is also available. Details available at http://michaeltapesdesign.com.