K-5K-7Sigma 8-16/4.5-5.6DA 35/2.8 macro ltdFA 50/1.4DA 70/2.4 ltdDFA 100/2.8 WR macroDA* 200/2.8Tamron SP 300/5.6 tele-macroKenko 2x DGZ TC13, 21, 31mm extension tubesQ8.5/1.9 (01)AS540FGZAS360FGZ3 tripods
Is focus stacking natural? Our eyes saccade (skip about) over a view concentrating on tiny bits each time. Our brains constantly merge the most recent bits into a coherent picture that is sharply focused both across the view and from near to far.
Focus stacking replicates a part of this process so, yes, it's completely natural. Indeed, it's more natural than freezing just one instant. It's just a lot slower than nature ...
aquadust: mobile phone photography - it is just about high PP, nothing else... PP is not an art, not for me.... if i want uncompromising quality i grab my 7D, for everything else i grab my LX5... i tried to shoot photos with my mobile phone but i gave it up and bought LX5, mobile phones can not replace compact cameras, not within next 10 years or so. but i understand, many people doesn't really care because they are unable to spot the difference between good and bad photos, people so called consumers
Some people PP excessively whatever camera they use - it doesn't mean that that's what their camera is about. I use my iPhone in much the same way as my K-5, on occasions when the DSLR is inconvenient to carry.
IQ is, obviously, lower but I PP to get the same sort of look to my pictures. I'm fully aware of the difference in picture quality: I'm also fully aware of the difference in convenience. Leaving my real camera at home doesn't magically transform me from a photographer to a "consumer".