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Am I dreaming or what?

I'm sure I've seen a setting, which I had applied on my very own camera, whereby, when using legacy lenses, you could magnify the view for manual focus, then half-press the shutter to initiate IS and the view DIDN'T go back to normal magnification. Which is useful for checking critical focus on longer legacy lenses.

I thought it was Option C, Half Way Rls With IS, but set either way makes no difference. The magnified view still returns to normal when shutter release half-pressed. Am I missing something obvious?
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Re: Am I dreaming or what?

now this could be interesting ... hoping you find it ...
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Re: Am I dreaming or what?

Well, I think I might have got it sort-of sussed.

It requires more than a degree of digital dexterity, but first of all you have to have the aforementioned setting to ON.

Then, and here comes the tricky bit, you first of all half-press the shutter and hold it down. THEN, you press the Magnify button down the required number of times to go into magnified view. You can then adjust focus whilst the view is both magnified and stabilised.

I've found that it's best to assign Magnify to Fn2 and operate this button with my left hand whist half-pressing the shutter with the right.

If Magnify is set to Fn1, I find it impossible to half-press the shutter with my index finger AND press the Fn1 with my thumb, which you'd think would be logical, at the same time without inadvertently releasing the shutter.

EDIT As a footnote to this, I've now found that once you've initiated stabilised magnified view, you can release ALL buttons and still maintain that view. A second half-press on the shutter returns the view to normal.
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Re: Am I dreaming or what?

no idea what settings you've got Stephen! If i put on a legacy lens, I simply press F2 twice to first show and then magnify the focus point and then when the shutter is half pressed, the magnification remains in place with the stabilised image. I suspect you changed something as it seemed to work the same way as for me before?

With legacy lenses, unlike m43 system lenses, it doesn't seem to matter whether MF focus assist is on or off --however, I do find that with the MF assist on using m43 lenses, the minute you stop turning the focus wheel, it more or less immediately reverts to normal size which can mean you're not sure if you've nailed focus so I prefer to have this off unless in a hurry and just use F2. For quick and dirty when normal AF has no idea what you're trying to focus on, the assist can be useful though.

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no idea what settings you've got Stephen! If i put on a legacy lens, I simply press F2 twice to first show and then magnify the focus point and then when the shutter is half pressed, the magnification remains in place with the stabilised image. I suspect you changed something as it seemed to work the same way as for me before?

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That's what I thought mine did before. I've obviously changed some setting which has affected that. Don't know what, though!
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Re: Am I dreaming or what?

If I get any ideas, I'll let you know. I have a feeling I've seen this before as well but am certainly not getting it at the moment
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Re: Am I dreaming or what?

Just a thought, but have you updated the firmware recently?

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Just a thought, but have you updated the firmware recently?

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Well, I updated when 1.2 came out. I don't think I've tried this MF on legacy since, so it could be a pointer.
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no idea what settings you've got Stephen! If i put on a legacy lens, I simply press F2 twice to first show and then magnify the focus point and then when the shutter is half pressed, the magnification remains in place with the stabilised image. I suspect you changed something as it seemed to work the same way as for me before?

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It has always been this way for me. Unfortunately i have no idea why, and i hope i don't accidentally change it.
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Re: Am I dreaming or what?

I've been through every setting - twice - and short of doing a complete reset, which I've no intention of doing as it's no big deal for me, I can't for the life of me see what's changed.
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I've been through every setting - twice - and short of doing a complete reset, which I've no intention of doing as it's no big deal for me, I can't for the life of me see what's changed.
I tried this at lunchtime. I couldn't get IS on and magnify at the same time without pressing two buttons at the same time. Even then I'm not certain I made it work.

Trouble is, you also want to de-magnify just before you take the picture so you can see the whole scene
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Re: Am I dreaming or what?

With the method I've resigned myself to using, a quick half-re-press of the shutter button sends it back to normal view.

It would be good if, in time, Olympus engineers could sit down with a photographer, go through each setting, and make it easier to assign/explain/work and issue a firmware update to make it so.
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Re: Am I dreaming or what?

Stephen - I think its two settings:
1) LV Close Up Mode (Menu D) - Mode 2, retain zoom and also
2) Half Way RIS with IS (Menu C) - On

The first one keeps you zoomed in when you press the shutter button halfway down. The second enables IS when the shutter butter is halfway down.

With these enabled press the FN1 or 2 button to zoom in, then half press shutter to enable IS and stay zoomed in

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Stephen - I think its two settings:
1) LV Close Up Mode (Menu D) - Mode 2, retain zoom and also
2) Half Way RIS with IS (Menu C) - On

The first one keeps you zoomed in when you press the shutter button halfway down. The second enables IS when the shutter butter is halfway down.

With these enabled press the FN1 or 2 button to zoom in, then half press shutter to enable IS and stay zoomed in

Good luck!
I think you've nailed it Dave. I had the second setting but the first had got changed to Mode 1.

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Re: Am I dreaming or what?

Yes. I think that sorts it out.

This camera is so configurable, I have managed to fill all four preset memories with different settings, and this is in one of them now. Quite a departure for me, I've previously ignored the My Preset feature.

Now I just need to remember what each one does. (Shame you can't "name" each preset)

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