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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II The second Micro Four Thirds camera that offers phase detect focusing so you can use Four Thirds DSLR lenses normally as well a Micro Four Thirds lenses.

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Manual lenses and focus peaking

How do I switch on focus peaking when using a manual lens...

DrMarkF showed me it works, but I'm flummoxed and can't find how to make it work.....

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Re: Manual lenses and focus peaking

Do you have to assign it to a button first and then press that to turn it on and off?

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Re: Manual lenses and focus peaking

Walti,

You have to assign focus peaking to one of your fn buttons.

This might help you.

https://www.ephotozine.com/article/f...explored-23117

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Walti,

You have to assign focus peaking to one of your fn buttons.

This might help you.

https://www.ephotozine.com/article/f...explored-23117

David

ps: have you got your Laowa?
Many thanks! couldn't remember!

Yes it arrived today having been ordered yesterday on a 3-5 day delivery!
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Re: Manual lenses and focus peaking

Yay!

It works thanks both!
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Re: Manual lenses and focus peaking

Remember that focus peaking is not especially accurate/precise! Best approach for accuracy is magnification and eye-ball it!
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Re: Manual lenses and focus peaking

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Remember that focus peaking is not especially accurate/precise! Best approach for accuracy is magnification and eye-ball it!
I was playing with it last night and came to the same conclusion.

F2 at close distances gives quite good OOF rendition, f4 and above for distance seems that it’s almost the same as autofocus! As everything looks very crisp.

I’m not a pixel peeper so I havn’t seen the softening at the edges the lens is supposed to have!

I need to go out and do some proper photography with it to see how I get on - I really enjoyed playing with DrMarkF’s version.
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Re: Manual lenses and focus peaking

When I got my E-P5 and set focus peaking up, I thought 'wow - that's handy', but have never used it!

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Re: Manual lenses and focus peaking

I tend to set this lens at f5.6 and roughly zone focus a metre or so in front, and then forget about focussing - as I recall the hyperfocal distance is just under 3/4 of a metre at f5.6!

I must say I haven't noticed soft edges, although I guess that might happen at full aperture, plus I'm not much of a pixel-peeper either.

I don't use it very often, but whenever I do I'm struck by how rectilinear it is.
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That's a surprise, thanks for the tip.
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I am also surprised by that, but now you mention it, I find that if I use manual focus on the moon, with the peaking method, the focus is not spot on. Usually if the moon is big enough, Auto focus is better...…...
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Re: Manual lenses and focus peaking

Focus peaking is simply a visual measure of high edge contrast. It has a band of values over which it will work and that means it'll show when the focus is not perfect. It's better than nothing, but it's poor if focus precision is what you want. I think Olympus say as much in the manuals.
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Re: Manual lenses and focus peaking

Yep - this is what's in the E-M10ii manual for example:

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• When Peaking is in use, the edges of small subjects tend to be enhanced more strongly.
This is no guarantee of accurate focusing.

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Re: Manual lenses and focus peaking

I find it useful with the 300 and 40-150 Pro when trying to focus on animals behind grasses and twigs. Magnified view is too wobbly at those focal lengths. Yes, you do need to pull focus to and fro and shoot quite a few images to be sure you’ve got some that are critically sharp, but I do find it easier with peaking than without.
I’m not so sure about using it with shorter focal lengths, though.
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Re: Manual lenses and focus peaking

I have always used magnification over focus peaking, I think it is more reliable and the feedback about what is actually in focus as close to reality as possible.
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