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01-04-2013, 09:50 AM   #1
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focus peaking in OVF

sorry its just wishful thinking.

but how badass would overlay focus peaking in an OVF be??

that is all

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It would be way badass.

Now that I'm getting used to FP on my Q, I would find it a very welcome firmware upgrade on LiveView on my K5 as well.
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Badass, but not very practical on an OVF. To implement it, you'd have to have a miniature screen, reflected into the OVF - oh, and an additional sensor (the mirror for the OVF is blocking the main sensor). Might as well just have an EVF. I wouldn't be surprised if we see FP on EVFs in a couple years - Sony could be working on it now for their translucent mirror bodies.
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Badass, but not very practical on an OVF. To implement it, you'd have to have a miniature screen, reflected into the OVF - oh, and an additional sensor (the mirror for the OVF is blocking the main sensor). Might as well just have an EVF. I wouldn't be surprised if we see FP on EVFs in a couple years - Sony could be working on it now for their translucent mirror bodies.
well I figure if they can build cars that drive by themselves they can give us OVF focus peaking

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A self-driving car with focus peaking on the Heads-Up Display - THAT would be something!

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I talked to Jim Malcolm about a hybrid viewfinder.
He didn't have a lot to say about it, so...
Here is a lame animation i made to show how i THINK it would be possible to project a focus peaking into the OVF :
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That's one thing great about NEX-7
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Isn't that what microprism focus screens are for?!?

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QuoteOriginally posted by THoog Quote
Badass, but not very practical on an OVF. To implement it, you'd have to have a miniature screen, reflected into the OVF - oh, and an additional sensor (the mirror for the OVF is blocking the main sensor). Might as well just have an EVF. I wouldn't be surprised if we see FP on EVFs in a couple years - Sony could be working on it now for their translucent mirror bodies.
They already have FP in their EVFs.
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QuoteOriginally posted by IchabodCrane Quote
They already have FP in their EVFs.
Well, then I'm not surprised. I've heard a lot of people talking about FP on the NEX models, but not the dSLRs.
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Isn't that what microprism focus screens are for?!?
I think a lot of people don't know about those Same goes for split-screens. They're even better than focus peaking IMO.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
I think a lot of people don't know about those Same goes for split-screens. They're even better than focus peaking IMO.
The problem with replacing the screen is the blackout issue.
If you also use slow lenses, you'll have a problem with those blackouts.
But i agree...they're better than focus peaking in my opinion as well.
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45 degree split focus screens ... best things ever from my point of view - way better than FP.
But, on a camera with no VF, FP is the next best thing .
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45 degree split focus screens ... best things ever from my point of view - way better than FP.
But, on a camera with no VF, FP is the next best thing .
do you guys find those split focus screens to really work well, even on these smaller DSLR viewfinders? does it effect metering at all?

it seems that FP would be better in the sense that you could choose a focus point outside the center, anywhere within the frame. With peaking you could compose your image and then find focus, instead of vice versa using focus and recompose which obviously can become a problem when shooting fast glass wide open.
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QuoteOriginally posted by godwinaustin Quote
do you guys find those split focus screens to really work well, even on these smaller DSLR viewfinders? does it effect metering at all?

it seems that FP would be better in the sense that you could choose a focus point outside the center, anywhere within the frame. With peaking you could compose your image and then find focus, instead of vice versa using focus and recompose which obviously can become a problem when shooting fast glass wide open.
I find them very good. Especially when you have the split screen combined with a Tenpa 1.36x magnifying viewfinder.
In the end though ... is whatever is comfortable for you. That's all that matters.

I never found any trouble in recomposing the picture ... is just a few mm left or right (how lazy can we get?).
Is not that hard to move the camera slightly to side.
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