We follow Focus Magic for some time and always thought
that it does a good job. Our recent sharpening
contest #4 brought Focus Magic again to out attention.
Focus Magic has two parts:
- Motion Blur sharpening (won't be tested here)
- Out of Focus Sharpening (tested here)
The user interface is simple but not really intuitive
and settings don't stay from the last call. But what counts is the
Canon 1D MarkII with 300 F/4 IS and 1.4x TC
Sharpened with EasyS Amount
420, 3D 20, opacity 100%
Focus Magic 2x used like in the contest sample
Some sharpening tools create strong halos
by themselves and that can be bad for larger prints. But there is also
a tendency to make already existing fail halos visible. We call this
In some cases we see already faint halos
from the raw converter (here ACR 2.2) and all sharpening tends to amplify
300% magnification not sharpened in ACR
Focus Magic amplifies the halo
EasyS amplifies slightly less
The fact that Focus Magic pulls out a
lot of detail has the price to also show some more "halo amplification".
In many prints it may not show up except you really print big.
We have to say that Focus Magic does
an outstanding sharpening job. Our main issue is actually that the
contrast gets boosted and some areas turn white (you can find some
pixels in the sample). Also you have to check in your printing whether
the images may not be to sharp to look natural. Focus Magic is not
really fast but we have seen way slower sharpening tools.
If optimal image
detail is your goal get Focus
Magic (we are an affiliate).