Can focus peaking be trusted?

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dpyy
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Can focus peaking be trusted?
Mar 9, 2013

Sometimes when I take photos of people around a table at a dinner kind of situation, it's hard to work out the exact aperture to cover everyone's face. Of course I can bust out a dof calculator or maybe zoom in the liveview and check every face but usually I don't have that much time. People can't wait.

So I started trying focus peaking. I thought the idea is that if anything peaks it's considered in focus? But I'm not sure that's the case. Sometimes people at the back peaks, but when you look at the photo on a computer, they are out of focus. So is it a reliable tool for this kind of situation where a dof is rather large?

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