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Old Oct 26, 2012, 4:21 PM   #1
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I saw an interesting article on a focus peaking hack for the OM-D. Since I don't have an OM-D yet, I thought I'd throw it out to see if anyone wants to give it a try and report the experience.

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It's a trick or a technique, not a "hack" since nothing on the camera is changed or modified from manufacturer's specs.
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Old Oct 27, 2012, 1:23 AM   #3
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Um....OK.....It's a trick or technique. It is still interesting, and I hope someone will try it and report the results. I have never been 100% happy with digital manual focusing. I miss the micro-prism and split-ring aids of the antiques. I also miss the stop-down focusing. The magnified focus section doesn't work well with long telephotos. Focus peaking sounds like a very good thing to me. A digital tool for digital focusing in the digital age. I'm sure it will be included in the next OM-D, if it isn't in the current one.
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Depends on who owns the patent on the concept of "focus peaking" and if Olympus is willing to pay them.

Now that this is out, the patent holder may ask Olympus to remove that art filter, or pay up.

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Now that Olympus and Sony are so tied at the hip, I would expect certain features from both systems that are more efficient than the other possesses will "cross over" to the other side as new models are introduced. Maybe, possibly, this is one Olympus could benefit from with Sony.

I rarely manually focus.
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I miss the micro-prism and split-ring aids of the antiques. I also miss the stop-down focusing.
I thought similar, until I started playing with an old OM...then I was so glad to be back using the OM-D.
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Yeah, the split prism was "ok", especially with fast primes. Do you ever remember it half-blacking out with slower zooms if the light was just right? Boy, I do.

Using a true rangefinder was the best manual focus experience I ever had.
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I was kind of old school, so I didn't have any of those newfangled zoom lenses. I had a 28, 50, and 200. I also had a 500 mirror lens that never quite worked out very satisfactorily. The 500 required careful eye placement to get the split screen to work well, but the matte screen worked well all the time as long as you weren't in a hurry. The 500 was usually on a tripod anyway, so it didn't matter much. The 200 focused quickly and naturally, even when tracking moving objects. The 50 worked perfectly as you would expect from any normal lens.

I actually didn't mind manual focusing with the old cameras. It took some practice of course.
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