Is your focus a bit off? Canon introduce Precision Alignment Service to fix focus issues

Oct 17, 2022

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

Is your focus a bit off? Canon introduce Precision Alignment Service to fix focus issues

Oct 17, 2022

Alex Baker

Alex Baker is a portrait and lifestyle driven photographer based in Valencia, Spain. She works on a range of projects from commercial to fine art and has had work featured in publications such as The Daily Mail, Conde Nast Traveller and El Mundo, and has exhibited work across Europe

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Canon has announced its Precision Alignment Service to fix autofocus misalignment issues that may arise in both camera bodies and lenses. The service will restore optimal focussing to your camera gear if the point of focus seems to not quite be hitting the mark.

Over time, heavy use of lenses and cameras can result in very fractional changes in where the autofocus hits, leaving the photographer frustrated that they are always missing their chosen point of focus. This can be especially obvious when shooting with wide apertures and trying to get the eye of a subject in focus, for example.

This image shows the focus incorrectly on the nose

Canon shooters will be able to take advantage of the alignment service by sending their equipment off to be perfectly realigned.

Here it is with the focus correctly on the eye

“Through frequent and heavy use of Canon cameras, there can be small shifts in components that may cause slight changes in focus accuracy over time,” writes Canon in a press release. “Canon Precision Alignment service can fix these minor, yet frustrating focus misalignments, thanks to expertly trained Canon technicians running the necessary diagnostics and performing the appropriate adjustments.”

Photographers will be able to send either a lens, a camera body or both. Alternatively, you can request your eligible camera body or lens to be focus matched to a Canon test product. If you’re just sending one or two lenses then you can select which camera body you would like them aligned to. You can additionally send two camera bodies to be aligned with a single lens.

At the moment this service is only available to Canon users based in the USA. And of course, charges will apply depending on the services you require.

Still, if your lenses are really out of whack it might be a good investment rather than trying to fiddle about with doing it yourself.

 

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9 responses to “Is your focus a bit off? Canon introduce Precision Alignment Service to fix focus issues”

  1. Greg Silver Avatar
    Greg Silver

    It’s always beneficial to the reader to include links to websites that are covered in the article. It saves the reader time to have to search for it online.

    Here’s the link to the Canon Precision Alignment Service:

    https://www.usa.canon.com/support/canon-precision-alignment

    1. Alex Avatar
      Alex

      Thanks for pointing that out! Forgot to add the link…is it Friday yet? lol

  2. Alex Avatar
    Alex

    Thanks, my bad! Forgot to add the link…is it Friday yet? lol

  3. John Beatty Avatar
    John Beatty

    or with a little time, you can do it yourself.

  4. Udi Tirosh Avatar
    Udi Tirosh

    Sigh, Canon and focus…

  5. DIYP community member Avatar
    DIYP community member

    Canon has always had focus problems.

  6. DIYP community member Avatar
    DIYP community member

    Or …. switch to mirrorless.

  7. DIYP community member Avatar
    DIYP community member

    On my old 7D this could be set in camera.

  8. DIYP community member Avatar
    DIYP community member

    I don’t know about Canon but my Nikon bodies have a micro focus adjustment settings.