Harman's Martin Introduces Soft Lens Accessory For Mac

17.07.2019

The Sigma USB dock works in conjunction with Sigma Optimization Pro software in order to connect a photographers lens to their personal computer to update firmware, calibrate the lens and other customizations such as the focus parameter. For the Sports category, changes can be made to: Autofocus speed, focus limiters, manual focus override and optical stabilization functionality. Updating the firmware can be done via the internet.

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Sigma Photo Pro is available for Mac and PC computers. Focus Settings: 4 Categories of customization for fixed focal length. 16 Categories of customization for zoom lenses (4 options for focal length) x (4 options for shooting distance). For Sports Line: AF Speed: 3 adjustment modes. Focus Limiter: Customize auto focus range. OS: 3 adjustment modes.

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Tamron has announced the TAP-in console which enables firmware updates and customized setup for select lenses. In principle, it appears to be similar to the Sigma USB Dock, which we reviewed. Users can connect the console to their Tamron lens, connect the console to a PC or Mac via USB 2.0, then launch the TAP-in Utility software to perform lens upgrades and adjustments. The console is launching with compatibility for Canon or Nikon versions of Tamron's SP 85mm F1.8, SP 90mm F2.8 Macro, SP 45mm F1.8, SP 35mm F1.8 lenses, with the 45mm and 35mm lenses first requiring and update from a Tamron service facility to enable compatibility with the console. Sony versions of these lenses are expected to supported at a later date.

The TAP-in console can update supported lenses to the latest firmware, making round-trips to Tamron service facilities unnecessary. Perhaps more importantly, though, are the customization features available. It's a simple reality of secondary phase-detect AF sensors in DSLRs that any given body and lens combination may require user calibration for accurate focus. This is due the realities of mount and optical alignment tolerances and the need to correct focus measurements made by the secondary phase-detect optics for residual spherical aberration and other optical anomalies any particular copy of a lens may exhibit. Higher-end DSLR bodies offer AF microadjustment to deal with exactly these focus issues, which become increasingly important for faster lenses, particularly primes.

Typically, though, these DSLRs offer only one global value (Canon offers two for either end of a zoom). Tamron is offering a calibration setting for three different subject distance ranges, which means you'll be able to optimize focus for near, mid, and distant subjects. TAP-in Utility Software Main screen.

The tab shown here is for focus adjustment, allowing users to optimize focus for near, mid, and distant subjects. Not only is this an improvement over what any DSLR offers with respect to AF calibration, but it also enables users of DSLR bodies without AF microadjustment to optimize focus - by building the calibration into the lens.

Furthermore, the utility allows for focus distance limiting with lenses that support it - particularly useful for longer telephoto lenses to avoid unnecessary hunting. It also allows users to customize full-time manual focus override for lenses that support it. Finally, vibration compensation (VC) can be adjusted to prioritize stabilization of the viewfinder image, stabilization of the captured image, or a balanced (default) approach. The TAP-in console is expected to be available in March. Pricing is currently unavailable. TAMRON ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF ACCESSORY THAT ENABLES FIRMWARE UPDATES AND CUSTOMIZED SETUPS FOR SELECTED LENSES Tamron TAP-in Console™TM (Model TAP-01) February 22, 2016, Commack, New York – announces the launch of the Tamron TAP-in Console™ (Model TAP-01), a new lens accessory that enables firmware updating and customized setups for selected Tamron lenses. The TAP-in Console™ is expected to be available in March.

The price will be announced shortly. PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS For the first time, customers can update firmware in selected Tamron lenses and customize various lens functions to meet their needs simply by attaching a Tamron TAP-in Console™ and running the Tamron TAP-in Utility software on their PC or Mac. Previously, firmware updates could be performed only at a Tamron Customer Service Center. Using the new accessory and an internet connection, customers can access a dedicated website and update firmware themselves anytime, anywhere. In addition, selected lenses can be customized by changing various settings (described below) to match the customer’s preferences based on how they like to use the lens, making it even more versatile and user-friendly.

Custom Options With a Tamron TAP-in Console™, customers can do the following things. Update firmware. Update the firmware of compatible lenses.

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Update the firmware of the TAP-in Console™ itself. Customize functions of selected lenses.

Focus adjustment. Focus distance limiter customization (only for lenses that have the Focus Limiter feature). Full-time Manual Focus override customization (only for lenses that have the Full-time Manual Focus feature). VC adjustment (only for any lenses with VC). Save customized data files 2. Tamron TAP-in Utility Software Customers download the free Tamron TAP-in Utility and install it on their Mac or PC. Updating firmware and customizing various lens functions is as easy as connecting the TAP-in Console™ with a USB cable and making selections.

An internet connection is required for firmware updates. Updating Firmware Customers can update firmware of selected Tamron lenses using this utility software. Additionally, the firmware in the TAP-in Console™ unit can be updated as needed. Using an internet connection and the utility software, users can access a dedicated website and easily confirm that the lens attached to the TAP-in Console™—and the Console™ itself—have the most up-to-date firmware. If a newer version is available, updating is quick and secure. Customization of Selected Tamron Lenses Various lens functions can be customized, depending on the lens model and built-in features. (1) Focus adjustment Focus can be adjusted in three distance regions: close, intermediate, and far ranges.

For zoom lenses with variable focal length ranges, adjustments can be made for up to eight segments, which means that focus adjustment for a combined total of up to 24 regions is possible. Fixed-focal length lenses have only one segment, so customization for the three distance regions is possible. The conditions and range of possible adjustments may differ according to the lens model. (2) Focus distance limiter customization For lenses equipped with a Focus Limiter switch, it is possible to adjust the autofocus drive range by setting the near and far limits according to user preferences. If the Focus Limiter switch has three positions, setting the middle position is also possible. Only lens models equipped with the Focus Limiter function can be adjusted.

The conditions and range of possible adjustments may differ according to the lens model. (3) VC adjustment (only for any lenses with VC) Users can choose the VC (Vibration Compensation) mode they prefer from the selection below for any TAP-in Console™ compatible Tamron lens equipped with the VC system. Prioritize viewfinder image stabilization: This mode places priority on the stability of the viewfinder image. Standard (Factory Default): This mode is the same as the factory default, and strikes a balance between the stability of the viewfinder image and vibration compensation effects. Prioritize stabilization of captured images: This mode ensures stable vibration compensation effects These options apply only to lens models equipped with the VC system. The conditions and range of possible adjustments may differ according to the lens model. (4) Full-time Manual Focus override customization For any lens with a Full-time Manual Focus override system, you can set the mode to ON or OFF.

In addition, you can optimize the sensitivity of the focus ring to your preference relative to its angular rotation anywhere between High and Low, when setting the manual focus mode menu button to ON. Compatible Tamron Lenses (As of February 2016: in the order of product launch, starting with the newest) SP 85mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F016): Launch date TBA For Nikon and Canon. Sony-compatible model to be released later.

SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD (Model F017): To be launched February 25, 2016 For Nikon and Canon. Sony-compatible model will be released later. By first updating firmware to the most up-to-date version with use of TAP-in Console™, it becomes possible to use all the functions of TAP-in Console™ compatible with this lens. SP 45mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F013): Launched in September 2015 For Nikon and Canon. Sony-compatible model will be released later.Initial firmware update by Tamron service facility is required to enable compatibility with the TAP-in Console™.

SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (Model F012): Launched in September 2015 For Nikon and Canon. Sony-compatible model will be released later.Initial firmware update by Tamron service facility is required to enable compatibility with the TAP-in Console™. About the firmware updating service for SP35mm F/1.8 (Model F012) and SP45mm F/1.8 (Model F013) The firmware update service will begin soon.

Additional information will be provided on the Tamron website and by authorized distributors and/or service facilities by the time of launch. Why is it a good thing? I bet this new updated macro 90 in terms of image quality won't be any better than 'old' SP 90 VC USD just like 'old' SP 90 is not better then even older 90.

Harman's Martin Introduces Soft Lens Accessory For Macbook Pro 2017

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Harman's Martin Introduces Soft Lens Accessory For Macbook

We speak about IQ. New lens will have more features like weather sealing and TAP compatibility and what not. You have to really need those features otherwise you waste money. I.e I really need quiet autofocus and non extending lens barre, but i don't need TAP and weather sealing. So later version works best for me. To each his own. With these docks when you micro adjust focus, the lens changes its behaviour based on those settings on any body you use.

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So if on Camera1 it was working perfectly before and Camera2 showed backfocus, now after adjusting those settings it may work perfectly on Camera2 while it will start front focusing on Camera1. These docks work perfectly if you are using a single body.

Harman's Martin Introduces Soft Lens Accessory For Macbook Pro

Also Nikon on their D5 has implemented automated focus micro adjust feature which uses the contrast detect data to change phase detect focus shifts. I was shocked why didnt Canon implement that feature on their camera when they were the first to patent that technology and with their extremely accurate DPAF automated focus microadjust would have been a boon for any photographer. @Henrik So you think it was better before when, if your camera-lens combination would require calibration, you sent them to factory calibration? Apologies - I wasn't aware that you could even send your lens into the factory if you wanted to change the VC 'to prioritize stabilization of the viewfinder image, stabilization of the captured image, or a balanced (default) approach'.

That is indeed silly, and I can see why doing it must have annoyed you. All I was saying was that as they bother to offer 3 VC modes, they should also bother to put control over it on the lens as a switch (like 'Normal-Active' VR modes on Nikon lenses, or in the software menu on Panasonic superzoom compacts), so a user can change it on the fly, rather than hide it away in software and make the user pay extra to access that feature. I agree that sending it back to the factory is really stupid, but having to buy additional equipment and still have to wait until you get home to change it isn't much better.

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