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WHY SHOULD YOU CALIBRATE YOUR LENSES?
One of the most frustrating things that can happen in photography is seeing a perfect moment and snagging a shot, only to get back to your computer and find out the picture was just barely out of focus.
Not all photographers are aware that new lenses bought from their manufacturer aren't always perfect right out of the box. In fact, when it comes to focusing, most new lenses are shipped with an acceptable amount of variance in their auto focus. For hobbyists, these small differences are probably pushed aside and accepted as normal. But if you're a professional or simply interested in getting your shot tack sharp every time as far as the camera is concerned, you will want to have your lenses calibrated to your camera body(s).
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do you calibrate all camera and lens brands?
Yes! If the camera supports calibration, we calibrate it.
Do you use calibration software to calibrate focus?
NO! Our high precision focus calibration is done painstakingly by hand. This is hands down the most accurate way to fine tune your focus.
What is your turn around time?
Same Day! If you get the equipment to us by 9:30am on our calibration days (Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays), you will get it back that same day.
Do I need an appointment or can I just drop by?
Appointments please. We take appointments first and the days do fill up quickly. If you don't have an appointment, you probably won't get same day service. Call us at (205) 598-3840 or email Carl to schedule an appointment.
Can all camera & lens combinations be calibrated?
Unfortunately no. A few camera bodies do not support calibration. Check out our list of cameras that support calibration here.
Will calibration always make my lens perfectly sharp?
That's the goal! However ... Professional and "Pro-sumer" lenses can usually be made to focus sharply by calibrating them to the camera body, some lower quality or damaged lenses will never be perfectly sharp no matter what you do to them.
When should I get my lenses calibrated?
Always calibrate a new lens when you get one! After that, every six to twelve months or whenever you detect focus issues.
When I get a lens calibrated on one camera, will it be sharp across all of my camera bodies?
No. The lens must be calibrated to each camera separately.
What do I need to bring?
The camera body (bodies) and the lenses you need to have calibrated. You will also need to bring a fully charged battery for each body and a BLANK memory card.
Where are you located?
How much does it cost?
Precision hand calibration takes time but it is more accurate than software calibration. Our complete price schedule can be found here.
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