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Precision Focus Chart for Filmmakers | FCS04
Introducing the FCS04. This chart features classic Siemens targets, linear targets, frame leaders, numeric targets, circular targets, long lines and even the option to add your custom branding.
Check out our filmmaker's must-have tool: the focus chart. It's essential, no matter how much experience you've got under your belt. The secret to making outstanding films lies in understanding how your lenses work, and that's where our focus charts come into play. These charts make it super easy to deal with any weird distortions. Whether your lens is giving you that pincushion or mustache look, some dark corners, or fuzzy edges, our chart spills all the lens secrets.
Keep reading to find out more about the use of focus charts.
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Shipping: We ensure secure shipping for printed focus charts. Rolled in a sturdy tube, they leave from The Netherlands, so shipping costs and taxes varying by location.
Return: While we don't accept focus chart returns, we're devoted to providing quality service. If any issues arise, contact us for resolution.
For more, see detailed shipping section below.
The magic behind
The Focus Chart
So, what exactly is a focus chart? Think of it as your lens's best friend. It helps you understand how your lenses work and ensures your shots turn out the way you want.
If you want to know why you should use a focus chart, check the full blogpost for more information.
Customizing the focus chart with your logo or business name not only adds a finishing touch but also enhances its professional appearance. This is particularly advantageous for rental houses managing multiple camera preps.
Bright or dark?
People's preferences vary, so we've created two versions of the focus charts: one with a bright background and the other with a dark background. Both versions maintain the same high quality and performance standards.
If thorough and professional lens testing is crucial for your business, we suggest using the bright variant. It offers higher contrast, which can lead to a slightly improved focus performance.
Our dedication to detail
Every focus chart is meticulously crafted by hand to ensure the utmost quality. With an impressive resolution of 1200 DPI, each intricate detail is captured with precision. The vector-exported PDF format guarantees that no detail will be overlooked when you send it to your nearby print shop.
For in-house printing, we maintain an unwavering commitment to quality. In the realm of top-tier cinema production, dependable tools are indispensable. Our goal is to offer precisely that level of reliability and assurance, without compromising on the quality of our focus charts.
The paper we like to use
We provide two printing options. Our standard size is A1 (594 x 841 mm), available in both paper and 5mm Forex.
For paper prints, we exclusively use 250 g/m2 high-quality matte paper to ensure optimal results. The matte finish eliminates glare from room lights, enhancing focus performance.
Opt for the 5mm Forex option, and you'll get an ultra-high-quality sticker on a sturdy 5mm plastic board. It's a simple way to kickstart your display, and mounting this Focus Chart is a piece of cake.
How we print
We use the highest-quality matte paper, Tecco PM230, for our in-house charts. This 250 g/m2 paper is premium, with a matte finish and a sturdy feel due to its weight.
We also offer a focus chart printed on 5mm Forex board, which is a hard plastic board. No need to purchase a frame, just put tape on the back or put screws through the board and you're good to go!
Additionally, we offer budget-friendly options like our self-print focus charts. This not only supports local businesses but also benefits the environment since we don't need to ship the chart to you.
Shipping & return
We ship all our in-house printed orders in order of purchase.
We'll make sure to securely ship in a sturdy cardboard tube and roll up the focus chart with utmost care to prevent any damage and wrap it in bubble wrap. For the 5mm Forex board, we make sure to pack it in cardboard and bubblewrap.
Our shipments originate from The Netherlands, so please note that shipping costs and import taxes might differ based on your location.
The charts are all printed on-demand, this can result in a longer shipping and processing time.
Every chart we send out undergoes a thorough inspection before shipment. If there are any damages or imperfections, rest assured that getting you a replacement chart is our top priority. You don't need to go through the hassle of returning it.
For more info, we kindly ask you read our return policy.
Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely not! The camera type doesn't matter here. You could even employ a focus chart for your iPhone if that's your preference.
The real significance of focus charts emerges when dealing with interchangeable lenses, especially a set of lenses. So, rest assured, our charts are compatible with your hybrid camera, and you can use them worry-free.
Feel free to hang one of our focus charts in your kitchen or wherever you fancy. Just keep these three key pointers in mind:
Firstly, ensure it's hung level. Secondly, control the lighting to avoid odd streaks or uneven illumination on the chart. And lastly, make sure you have enough space, especially when testing tighter lenses. Remember, the narrower the lens, the farther you need to step back to encompass the entire frame.
Doing research ahead of time is crucial. Keep in mind that we don't provide refunds for downloadable products.
However, if you're interested, we're glad to explore the possibility of printing and shipping one to you. Feel free to get in touch with us through this contact link.
Your optimal choice would be to acquire a frame that matches the size of the print. This ensures a sturdy setup.
We strongly advise against using double-sided adhesive tape directly on the chart, as this could potentially cause paper tearing over time.