Depth of Field Preview

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  1. VidThreeNorth

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    I am not really in the mood to buy "yet another camera" myself, but when I read another new thread on that question, one thing that I would like to know is whether there are mirror-less bodies that support depth of field preview? None of my mirror-less bodies (all low-end) support this. The only way I can preview depth of field is by recording a video.


     
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    My Panasonic Lumix GH5 does.
    Look at "Constant Preview" function in cameras menu.
     
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    Olympus em10, em5 and em1 all have it. And various panasonic as well.
     
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    My Sony a5000 and my Yi-M1 do not support anything like "Constant Preview", but they do have "Continuous Autofocus". I have never used that for still photography because "Single Autofocus" saves power. I should try the "Continuous Autofocus" and see if the aperture stops down. I do not think it does. I have not checked my Lumix GF-3, but I do not recall it having any way to preview depth of field. Again, "Continuous Autofocus" might do it, and I will check that one as well.

    Actually, I do have a way to check depth of field on my "adapted" lenses. Most of the adapters either have a depth of field previous switch or lock the lens to always preview depth of field.

    Also thanks for the Olympus info BrentC.
     
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    On my Fuji's there is a DOF bar/scale which pops up in the ECF when switched on.
     
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    "Continuous Auto-Focus"

    I have tested my three main use bodies (Panasonic Lumix GF-3, Sony a5000 and Yi-M1) with their kit zoom lenses and found that they all do stop down the lens during "Continuous Auto-Focus" mode. So when using this mode each has continuous depth of field preview. I guess the next thing I need to know is roughly how bad is the "power suck" when using this mode?

    If this is common, I guess all, or maybe "almost all" the mirror-less bodies support depth of field preview to this extent.

    So that scale lets you know the depth of field nominally at the current F-stop and focal length? That can be useful.

    Well, it has been interesting so far. It does look like I should re-think the way I am using my cameras.
     

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