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    I can only make it work inconsistently................

    Menu 2
    Bracketing ON
    Focus BKT right click ON
    Menu then shows

    Focus Stacking Off
    Set no of shots 99
    Set focus differential 5

    If I switch on Focus stacking I loose Set no of shots
    If I leave Focus stacking off I can change no of shots to 10

    Just got it to work again, seems that you have to keep clicking ok ok ok etc.

    Mark Johnson

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    Re: Focus Bracketing

    I'm not sure, so take with large pinches of salt, but....

    If you use in-camera focus stacking, it will limit itself to do 10 shots (or possibly fewer if that's what you have set under bracketing). If you want more shots you have to do it the hard way - let the camera bracket, then do the stacking in post-processing.

    John

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    • #3
      Re: Focus Bracketing

      Originally posted by Bikie John View Post
      I'm not sure, so take with large pinches of salt, but....

      If you use in-camera focus stacking, it will limit itself to do 10 shots (or possibly fewer if that's what you have set under bracketing). If you want more shots you have to do it the hard way - let the camera bracket, then do the stacking in post-processing.

      John
      That fits in with my understanding and post processing stacking can be quite painless. I use Zerene Stacker which I've always found very intuitive.
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      • #4
        Re: Focus Bracketing

        Yes thanks for the stacking programme name.

        I have looked at their web page and don't doubt the programme works well.

        But its something I don't use often, and don't really want to spend $89 on, when the mk2 should be able to do maybe a limited focus stacking picture...

        So still want to sort out how to reliably focus stack on the camera...

        But again thanks for the Zerene name, I am sure others will find it useful...
        Mark Johnson

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        • #5
          Re: Focus Bracketing

          Given that Photoshop can handle focus stacking, no doubt the the PS knock offs will also handle focus stacking or will do in the future.

          Actually I am surprised the the Olympus Viewer software does not handle focus stacking
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          • #6
            Re: Focus Bracketing

            You can buy Affinity Photo for much less than $89. Hardly fair to describe it as "a PS knock off". It's a very serious piece of work.

            It handles stacking (of all sorts) very well.
            Steve
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            • #7
              Re: Focus Bracketing

              a knock off is a cheaper product that has the same features of the original product

              The creativity of the original feature is what you pay for in the original, in the knock off the developer did not have to think up the idea.
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              • #8
                Re: Focus Bracketing

                Re the OP, this is a good [ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KszxKxKokI&t=1045s"]video[/ame] Works very consistently for me now. I have it assigned to a button so I can switch on and off easily. Notice that you must get back from the lowest level menu via "menu/menu/menu/".

                I bit the bullet and bought Helicon so I could stack ORF files and get DNG output. I keep the DNG and discard all the ORFs.
                John

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                • #9
                  Re: Focus Bracketing

                  Many thanks for that link....

                  Glad I am not the only one to find it tricky to crack.............
                  Mark Johnson

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                  • #10
                    Re: Focus Bracketing

                    Be aware of how thin the Depth of Field is when you are close to your subject.

                    Olympus provide Depth of Field data for each of their lenses here.
                    just click on the lens and then select Charts.

                    https://www.olympus.co.uk/site/en/c/...ex.html#list-3

                    At the closest distance and widest aperture the DoF can be just 2mm so when focus stacking the increments need to be kept to 1 or 2 max. I found that f/8 and increment set to 2 worked best for close ups.
                    Dave

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                    • #11
                      Re: Focus Bracketing

                      Originally posted by wornish View Post
                      ... I found that f/8 and increment set to 2 worked best for close ups.
                      Yes, that's what I've settled on for flowers/fungi with the 60mm. I am taking 20 shot sequences mostly, I want the important parts of the subject in focus, but not necessarily the whole thing.
                      John

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