The TrueDoF range of apps represents a major step forward in working with depth of field.
This elegant app shares with its siblings the same core features: A clean and clear interface, ease of use, real-time updating of output and, above all (but conveniently hidden under the hood, as it were), the most advanced depth of field algorithm you’ll find on the App Store.
The TrueDoF range is unique in that its calculations can take into account the effects of diffraction. This gives a MUCH MORE ACCURATE indication of how sharp the image will be. Not comfortable with this diffraction business? No problem — simply deselect that feature and instead use the app as a traditional depth of field calculator. You'll retain all the fabulous ease of use features! See the notes below for details on all this.
There's no need for long descriptions here — you'll know what to expect if you've tried the free version, TrueDoF-Intro. This version adds:
• An expanded aperture scale, reading from f/1 to f/32
• Support for medium format cameras
• A hyperlocal button (and an associated hyperlocal mode)
• The option to display front and rear depth of field as percentages
• Rapid selection buttons for the focal length scroll wheel
• Display of your chosen blur spot diameter (circle of confusion) on the main screen
You'll find you'll never want to go back to the old ways of calculating depth of field.
And if you like this version, wait till you try TrueDoF-Pro! Check it out, and its HUGE list of features, here on the App Store.
Notes on Diffraction:
Diffraction is the blurring caused when light passes through small apertures. In calculating depth of field, this app can take into account the effects of diffraction. In using the app, you will notice that, as you increase the f-number, you reach a point where the depth of field actually begins to drop. This is due to diffraction. At some large f-number, the width of the region of acceptable sharpness drops to zero. This is because, at such an f-number and above, diffraction produces so much blurring that you cannot achieve the sharpness standard (circle of confusion) that you have specified.
It is particularly important that the effects of diffraction be taken into account if you're using digital cameras with sensors smaller than 35 mm format, where diffraction seriously compromises image quality at the top end of the aperture scale. Lenses on 35 mm cameras stop down to about f/22. There’s a reason why they don’t go any further. But f/22, or even f/16 or f/11, is too much for cameras with smaller sensors. With TrueDoF, you can avoid using apertures that are damaging to image quality.
Notes on Intended Use:
TrueDoF is designed for photographers who want an accurate, versatile and easy way to calculate the depth of field produced by their chosen camera settings. There are some types of photography, e.g, landscape photography, where it is preferable to work the other way around, i.e. first specifying the depth of field you want (by setting the distances to the nearest and furthest objects that you wish to appear sharp in your photograph) and, from that, determining the camera settings (focus distance and aperture) that will give you the sharpest possible image. For that approach, check out OptimumCS-Pro, the unique optimum camera settings calculator, also available on the App Store. And, if you would like to achieve insanely huge depth of field — with astonishing image sharpness — try the FocusStacker app. Now it's remarkably easy to achieve consistently excellent results when using the focus stacking technique in landscape and architectural photography.
• The interface gets an even cleaner, more spacious look. Simply slide the pointers to set focus distance and aperture (the old slider “thumbs” are now gone). Note that you do not need to keep your finger on a pointer as you slide it — you can move your finger to the side as you slide, all the better to see where the pointer is pointing.
• The hyperfocal button has been moved to the left of the screen. It looks neater having it there. And it’s easier to access.
• There are all manner of minor changes, including a more elegant colour scheme.
• The app is compatible with iOS 12 and with the various new iPhone X models.
Overall, a nice little upgrade.
This “standard” version in the TrueDoF range of apps continues to offer functionality that will suit many photographers, at an outrageously low price. Note, though, that all the innovative work is going into the “Pro” version. Check it on the App Store and see just how much more capable it is.
Ratings and Reviews
I like the graphical interface but it lacks LF support.
Very nice and easy to use but it really needs LF support. LF shooters are more likely than any others to have use for this app.
Most Accurate DoF Calculator Available
If anyone saw my previous review, please disregard it. I misunderstood a few of the features, and those have now been clarified by the developer, who by the way, was eager to make changes to ensure no one else might misunderstand. He addressed my concerns and went out of his way to find and contact me to help me get through my confusion.
The calculator is very accurate and I now use it nearly every time I pull out my camera. This app, combined with his other app "Optimum CS" have been invaluable to me in not only understanding DoF in a given situation, but also in actually attaining the shots that I had envisioned.
I highly recommend this app to anyone searching for a "pro" level DoF calculator.
Good idea, at least
I like the interface to this DOF calculator very much, although it isn't quite fast enough so it can feel unresponsive.
The real problem with the app is that it is not a pure DOF calculator. It tries to take into account the effects of diffraction as well, and can show zero depth of field at f/11 when in fact there is plenty of depth--but sharpness is compromised by diffraction. Including diffraction is an interesting idea, and I might want to see those results sometimes, but most of time I'd prefer to get the "True DOF" as I consider the two issues separately in setting my exposure.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.