Inspired by Phase One’s own Lens Cast Calibration Tool (designed to remove colour casts and light fall-off when using technical camera lenses with medium format digital backs), the concept has been taken a stage further and the Universal Lens Calibrator has been developed to resolve these and other problems with today’s lenses for all formats, from 35mm DSLRs through to technical cameras.
In addition the Universal Lens Calibrator can also be used as a white balance reference card and a dust removal tool!
The Universal Lens Calibrator works in conjunction with Phase One’s Capture One Pro software. Please note that both products are required.
Why produce a Universal Lens Calibrator?
Every lens has built-in flaws that affect the final image quality. This can be true of any lens regardless of focal length. Whilst issues of chromatic aberration and vignetting are usually associated with wide-angle lenses, most, if not all, lenses suffer from problems to a greater or lesser degree. In the majority of cases we are not even aware of the extent to which image quality is compromised until we see a corrected image after using the Universal Lens Calibrator.
Furthermore, the Universal Lens Calibrator, working in conjunction with Capture One Pro software, creates a unique correction for an individual lens used with an individual camera's sensor.
Using the Universal Lens Calibrator in conjunction with Capture One Pro software, you are able to remove virtually all lens-related issues from all your images. Capture One Pro enables you to save your own Lens Presets that you can apply instantly to any selected images with a simple mouse-click.
Unlike off-the-shelf software fixes for lenses, the reference images that you create with the Universal Lens Calibrator are individually tailored to your own lens and camera sensor, ensuring a perfect correction every time. As no two lenses are the same, generic lens correction software packages deliver an “average” fix for a particular lens type. The Universal Lens Calibrator delivers an exact fix for your sensor with your own optics ensuring a better result.
How does it work?
The Universal Lens Calibrator includes everything you need to create reference images from your own lenses using Capture One Pro software (required). Capture One Pro software then uses these reference images to fix all your images quickly and efficiently.
What can the Universal Lens Calibrator fix?
The Universal Lens Calibrator, used in conjunction with Capture One Pro, can fix colour casts and light fall-off caused by the lens, and can even remove dust spots from your images caused by dust on the camera sensor! When you add the additional tools in Capture One Pro to remove chromatic aberration, purple fringing, and other lens artefacts, by using the two products together you have an extremely powerful set of tools to solve virtually every lens issue.
What is included in the Universal Lens Calibrator?
The Universal Lens Calibrator includes lens calibration boards in 100mm x 100mm and 150mm x 150mm sizes, to suit virtually all lenses including those with a large front element, such as fast telephoto lenses, and to fit most universal lens hood and filter holders.
Please note Capture One Pro software is required to use the Universal Lens Calibrator and is not included in the kit.