Macro shots from Olympus 60mm, using the Metz macro flash

Started Sep 24, 2012 | Discussions thread
BJL Veteran Member • Posts: 8,900
manual focusing for macros with no tripod is a problem too!


I've never met a fly, butterfly, grasshopper, etc that will sit long enough for you to set and fiddle around with AF points. Certainly not over 1:1 anyway. I only shoot MF and my eye picks the selective focus.

I agree that when you need to focus at an off-center point with a subject that is not going to stay around for long, manual focus might be needed. Then again, with such subjects you probably will not have time to set up a tripod either, so getting accurate manual focus requires more skill and steady hand-holding that I have.

But I do not understand you comment about

... YOU need to set the focus point and not let the AF decide what is the focus point.

since I was clearly not talking about letting the AF system choose the AF point.

Frankly, with the moving subjects that you talk about, there is probably no time for any of:

  • selecting a specific off-center AF point with arrow keys (though a suitable touch-screen interface might sometimes be fast enough)

  • MF precisely with EVF zoom (which requires either focus-and-recompose if the zoom is at center of frame, or manually selecting the zoom area)

  • setting up a tripod with the camera in the right position.

So my choice is to set AF in advance to use only the center point (my default setting anyway), point it where I want focus, and frame so that everything I want in the final image is in the frame, at the cost of loose framing and some cropping if I want that focus point off-center in the final composition. Then again, I do not care much about pixel counts beyond about 10MP except for this sort of cropping latitude, so I am happy to crop where some people demand tight framing.

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