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Olympus OM-D E-M1 The first 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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Focus peaking?

Is it just me? Whenever I try to use focus peaking for manual focussing I end up with an out-of-focus image. Yet using "conventional" manual focus techniques, with the same lens and subject, it's fine.

Could it be down to me being astigmatic, even though this is corrected by my specs?

I turn the focus ring until the white halo is at its thickest. Is this correct?
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Re: Focus peaking?

I have found that before when tried it. However today I used it while photographing my model TR2. As far as I know it worked quite well and was really easy to use. With semi macro work it is probably easier due to the shallow DOF.

At first I had 'Magnify' set instead of 'Focus Peaking' and that was hopeless for close up work.

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Re: Focus peaking?

You could have a valid point there.
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Re: Focus peaking?

i agree with Magnify function, i have set the button on the front to do Magnify, Fn button to do focus peaking
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Re: Focus peaking?

I don't get on with focus-peaking either, although I have primarily been using wide angle lenses recently. I expect it works better with longer lenses. It was originally developed for video, where it is very popular.

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Re: Focus peaking?

Strange isn't it how different we all are.

I think focus peaking is the best thing since I discovered Marmite XO. Now that makes it brilliant.

I use peaking most of the time and get excellent results. It is especially good for visualising depth of field and where to place it.

Not sure why you should be having problems unless it is an eye thing. I wear varifocals which mean I sometimes get it wrong if I happen to look through a different part of the spectacle lens. If you do have an eye issue it could be that perhaps.

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Re: Focus peaking?

I'm another who has given up with focus peaking, I find it much easier and more effective just to use x5 mag when focusing using the EVF.

I guess the good thing is that Olympus gives us the tools from which to select what works best for us
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Re: Focus peaking?

And since I use fast viewfinder refresh (which still isn't fast enough) focus peaking is not available Or, to be pedantic, if you enable peaking then fast refresh is unavailable even when peaking is not in use.

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Re: Focus peaking?

I was quite excited by the prospect of focus peaking but found it useless. I don't believe it is the same as the contrast calculation used by the AF system. It is just not accurate. Or rather, it is not precise enough.

Quite a lot of things that I thought would be useful have turned out not to be. I don't use Mysets, anti-shock or any of the jpeg-only features. My camera is permanently set to M mode with auto-iso switched on and C-AF/S-AF on the lever. Works great!
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Re: Focus peaking?

I have now done quite a lot of shooting using focus peaking and rate it highly. For static birding I use the Canon EF 400mm f5.6, sometimes with a 1.4x TC, and initially used a magnified image for focusing. This proved problematic as the quality of the image in the EVF, even at just 5x, was not always good enough for accurate focusing with the very shallow DOF of a lens with an EFL of 1120mm. So onto focus peaking and my keeper rate soared, it took a little time to get use to it but I now use it all the time, even sometimes hand held. It works better on a bird on the ground as it is easy to see a zone of focus to position over the target, but not so easy if the subject is in a tree or bush. The only real problem with FP is that it is cancelled when the shutter button is half pressed to activate IS, making hand held focusing more haphazzard, it would be nice to be able to enable IS with FP. Here are a couple of shots taken with this set up and HDR1 enabled.





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Re: Focus peaking?

I also find focus peaking does not work for me (varifocals) magnify is better but will have to keep trying and intend asking about it at the Photography Show.
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Re: Focus peaking?

An interesting thread this.
I have only experienced focus peaking with my Sony a7 and Canon FD's, and I have to say it works a dream for me.
You can choose the colour of peaking, and also its sensitivity.
I'm not sure if you have that level of control on the E-M1, but I shall find out for myself on Monday when mine arrives.
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Re: Focus peaking?

for the colour you can choose between black and white, but not sure about the sensitivity E-M1 is a great camera, enjoying it so much!
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Re: Focus peaking?

I find it very good but do find that the peaking level needs to be set low, medium, or high to suit the lens and conditions. If it is left on medium it may be too undiscriminating and claim everything is in focus or alternatively, disappear completely. On balance I find yellow highlighting better than white or pink.

The peaking level adjustment may not be possible on the OM-D E-M1. On my Sony A7 it can be assigned to a custom button so it is easy to change.
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Re: Focus peaking?

As far as I'm aware the only adjustment for peaking on the E-M1 is to change the outline to Black or White.
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