DoF preview with Panasonic

Started Mar 15, 2014 | Discussions thread
Allan Brown Senior Member • Posts: 2,414
Re: DoF preview with Panasonic

0MitchAG wrote:

Allan Brown 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...

DOF preview works perfectly well on my G5.

Have you thought about reading the manual?


But that's the problem, it is not constant and for no good reason. As soon as you press anything else, it goes back to the standard live view. Who would want to assign an FN button to this, when it should be the standard? I don't see why having the lens at its widest is useful in any situation. Seems like the only model without this 'constant' feature.

What do you mean by "it is not constant"?

What is not constant?

With my camera (G5) set to A and DOF Preview set to ON, I can adjust the aperture and see the DOF change. It works very well within the limitations of the screen size. Nothing else affects the DOF so why are you trying to change something else?

What is it that you are expecting?

You also say "I don't see why having the lens at its widest is useful in any situation" Way back in the late 60's cameras/lenses were developed to be normally wide open for viewing, focusing and metering. This was seen as a major step forward in ease of operation. Why do you want to go backwards?


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