DoF preview with Panasonic

Started Mar 15, 2014 | Discussions thread
OP 0MitchAG Contributing Member • Posts: 538
Re: DoF preview with Panasonic

nebulla wrote:

0MitchAG wrote:

On the Panasonic bodies it is incredibly frustrating trying to compose with the macro lens at close distances because the Live View depth of field is fixed at F2.8, meaning razor thin DoF at the required working distance. I really hope Panasonic can find the goodwill in their hearts to allow the preview to be actually representative, and I won't have so much frustration trying to use their products! It is much worse when there is a breeze and the subject is constantly moving in and out of the tiny focus plane... I literally just set my aperture, roughly compose and then randomly fire the shutter hoping I will get everything I want in focus, and sharp. Honestly, this is no way to work, but without changing to the rather poorly implemented shutter preview, it's is the only way.

I guess there's no reason this can't be done... thinking of manual aperture rings...

How long have you been using a camera? and are you using Ai mode for this type of work?

I am confused by your statement, as any one who has been using a camera for some time knows that to do macro work, or to get DOF you should set the camera to any other mode than Ai . as the camera will choose the f stop for you, and this goes for all camera bodies, not just Panasonic. Set your camera to A mode as this allows you to set the camera to any F stop even up to F22 or F32 depending on the lens that you are using hence giving you any DOF that you require

I always shoot in Aperture priority, including for macro, but even so, the Live View DoF preview is always at F2.8, regardless of what aperture I have set. This is what makes composing such a pain.

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