Advanced legacy lens user: What to choose Olympus OM-D E-M5 or Sony NEX-6?

Started Jan 8, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Focus peaking

rrr_hhh wrote:

4. Focus assist for MF legacy lenses : the Sony has focus peaking (aka a red edge appears in the picture indicating whether you are in focus or not and which parts of the scene ar in focus). I don't know whether the Nex-6 offers magnifying ? Probably too. You can activate a fake focus peaking using the keyline artfilter mode 2 with the E-M5. The focus with magnifier works well with the E-M5, but focus peaking may be another advantage of the Nex6.

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Here we go again. lets see if we can nail this once and for all.

Focus peaking is customisable in the NEX system. You have a choice of red, yellow and white, not just red.

3 different focus peaking contrasts, low, medium and high. High gives you lot of the peaking level, medium is good on an overcast day and on low, it give you a finer DOF to work with.

NEX does have magnifying in the EVF and rear LCD, 4x and 10x

So there you go with focus peaking. It's not just one colour or level that you can work with. Its a full blown part of the system that enables more use out of the NEX than you can get with m4/3 using legacy lenses. It came from video originally and video users love that system of focus peaking, then Sony decided to make it available on the NEX for both stills and video.

All the best and for birds in flight, I use yellow on low contrast (slim DOF)


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