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    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.....

    Any ideas anyone?
    I didn’t get where I am today....

  • #2
    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?

    Ron

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    • #3
      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

      David

      ps: have you got your Laowa?

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      • #4
        Re: Manual lenses and focus peaking

        Originally posted by dnic View Post
        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!
        I didn’t get where I am today....

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        • #5
          Re: Manual lenses and focus peaking

          Yay!

          It works thanks both!
          I didn’t get where I am today....

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          • #6
            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!
            Paul
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            • #7
              Re: Manual lenses and focus peaking

              Originally posted by pdk42 View Post
              Remember that focus peaking is not especially accurate/precise! Best approach for accuracy is magnification and eye-ball it!
              I didn’t get where I am today....

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              • #8
                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!

                Jim

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                • #9
                  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.
                  Regards,
                  Mark

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                  • #10
                    Re: Manual lenses and focus peaking

                    Originally posted by pdk42 View Post
                    Remember that focus peaking is not especially accurate/precise! Best approach for accuracy is magnification and eye-ball it!
                    That's a surprise, thanks for the tip.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Manual lenses and focus peaking

                      Originally posted by pdk42 View Post
                      Remember that focus peaking is not especially accurate/precise! Best approach for accuracy is magnification and eye-ball it!
                      Mark Johnson

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                      • #12
                        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.
                        Paul
                        E-M1ii, Pen-F and too many lenses
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                        • #13
                          Re: Manual lenses and focus peaking

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

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

                          Paul
                          E-M1ii, Pen-F and too many lenses
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                          • #14
                            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.
                            Regards,
                            Mark

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                            http://www.microcontrast.com
                            Too much Oly gear.
                            Panasonic GM5, 12-32, 12-35, 15. Laowa 7.5.
                            Assorted legacy lenses, plus a Fuji X70 & a Sony A7S.

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                            • #15
                              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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