Thinking of going to Olympus for focus bracketting/stacking

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  1. davholla

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    Probably Olympus OM-D E-M1 (£295 second hand)or OM-D E-M5 MK II Body Black (£419 new).

    With the 60mm lens.

    My shooting is due to commitments not ideal, i.e. I don't get up early and look for insects whilst they are still asleep. It is more 5 minutes here or there when my family let me, never early in the morning and on holiday often by torch light.

    I currently use Canon 550D and 60 mm lens which I am happy with but I would like the ability to do more stacks. If Olympus didn't have this feature I wouldn't think about changing for a second.

    Any thoughts? Why do Olympus users think?


     
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    Looking forward to hearing answers to your question.
     
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    I don't think any DSLRs have a built in bracketing system for focusing - its just a bit too much processing for the camera to do I would assume.
    The only automated systems I'm aware of are things like motorized focusing rails like the stackshot system - but they tend to be tripod only and are quite expensive.


    Also don't think you have to do stacking; practice getting good shots with a single photo. There are many outstanding photographers who can do this and it takes time and practice to find the ideal angles. Another step up is to purchase a macro (or use tubes on a regular) tilt-shift lens. These let you tilt the plane of focus; so for a macro you can "cheat" and get a deeper apparent depth of field on the subject because you've tilted the plane.



    To help this make sense if you think of the depth of field as a sheet of paper where the thickness of it is the depth of field and the paper is held perpendicular to the front of the lens. Now a regular lens just lets you move the point of focus back and forth in the scene; a tilt shift lets you tilt the paper back/forward. For a small subject in the middle of the frame this can mean covering more depth on it.
     
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    Nikon and Canon make tilt/shift macro lenses...Nikon an 85mm PC-E Nikkor. Canon has the 90 mm TS-E.


    Look into the "Zoerk" tilt adapter URL="Tilt
     
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    My Panasonic FZ300 has post focus but not in-camera stacking and it's something I'd love to have.
     
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    Well I did some testing with my existing set and Olympus

    Obviously these are not really shots I would normally keep, they are just some dead insects I found and keep in the freezer.

    The Canon are single shots, Olympus photo stacking, any thoughts particularly on what I could do better with the Olympus

    Canon
    [​IMG]IMG_4650 by davholla2002, on Flickr

    Olympus - very poor, worryingly it looked good at the back of the camera
    [​IMG]P4220275 by davholla2002, on Flickr

    Canon
    [​IMG]IMG_4649 by davholla2002, on Flickr

    Olympus

    [​IMG]P4220223 by davholla2002, on Flickr


    Canon

    [​IMG]P4220188 by davholla2002, on Flickr

    Olympus

    [​IMG]IMG_4646 by davholla2002, on Flickr
     
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    I see evidence of tungsten WB/lighting in the Olympus shots, and a too-slow shutter in the 1st and 2nd Oly shots.

    Canon shots appear lit by un-diffused flash, and appear crisper.
     
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    Thank you normally with Canon I use a flash to freeze it, with the focus bracketing people normally use ambient light and I tried this inside.
     
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    i still see shake/shutter speed blurring in the Oly shots(look at P4220300 , which shows horizontal blurring), while the Canon shots show that perfectly sharp, flash-illuminated look. The Olympus is at a major disadvantage here,in this scenario.
     
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    Oops good point I will have to try again tomorrow with better settings for the Olympus thank you
     
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    Not sure if you have brought the Olympus already but anyway have a look at this. Not sure if it's what you are after?



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