Focus stacking compatibility issue

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I was going by one of the very few articles on this, where it says "With the firmware upgrade to the EM1, Olympus went one step further and added Focus Stacking", which I took to mean the Mark 1 version since it doesn't say otherwise.

I would also say that it is a bit misleading to have the menu option at all (even greyed out) if the camera doesn't support it. Regarding firmware, yes, body and lens are up to date.

However, it's all a bit academic. I'm obviously not able to do focus stacking with my setup.
 

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I would also say that it is a bit misleading to have the menu option at all (even greyed out) if the camera doesn't support it. Regarding firmware, yes, body and lens are up to date.
I agree. I'm wondering - is this a common practice with Olympus bodies, to have greyed-out options that other cameras might have available but the model you are using doesn't? This seems very strange and certainly misleading. I mean, you cannot tell if it is greyed out because of some other setting that is preventing it, or because the camera just cannot do it! :dash2:
 
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I agree. I'm wondering - is this a common practice with Olympus bodies, to have greyed-out options that other cameras might have available but the model you are using doesn't? This seems very strange and certainly misleading. I mean, you cannot tell if it is greyed out because of some other setting that is preventing it, or because the camera just cannot do it! :dash2:

I think it would only be greyed out if the particular lens or menu settings you have set are not compatible with focus-stacking. It may well be worth the OP's time to check if there are other menu settings (such as shutter, etc.) are conflicting with focus stacking. I'd have to read the manual carefully to see if that's the case.

There are various articles about using Focus Bracketing and Focus Stacking, but I haven't found one that says that particular settings are incompatible. It may take more research than I have time for right now. :)
 
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I was going by one of the very few articles on this, where it says "With the firmware upgrade to the EM1, Olympus went one step further and added Focus Stacking", which I took to mean the Mark 1 version since it doesn't say otherwise.

I would also say that it is a bit misleading to have the menu option at all (even greyed out) if the camera doesn't support it. Regarding firmware, yes, body and lens are up to date.

However, it's all a bit academic. I'm obviously not able to do focus stacking with my setup.
Ian, it means that the body can do it, but the lens cannot.

When I first got my E-M1 MkII + 12-100, focus stacking was not supported with the 12-100. Same with the f/4 300, IIRC. Support was added in a f/w update several years later.

AFAIK, it is the company policy to support focus stacking with all Pro lenses, but you might have to wait a bit, as I did.
 

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I think it would only be greyed out if the particular lens or menu settings you have set are not compatible with focus-stacking. It may well be worth the OP's time to check if there are other menu settings (such as shutter, etc.) are conflicting with focus stacking. I'd have to read the manual carefully to see if that's the case.

There are various articles about using Focus Bracketing and Focus Stacking, but I haven't found one that says that particular settings are incompatible. It may take more research than I have time for right now. :)
I don't disagree. So then we think that the E-M1.1 is able to do focus stacking when it has a compatible (for it) lens attached to it, right? In other words, the presence of the option (even greyed out) means that under the proper conditions it is available to that particular model. Right? I think that's probably the case.

Edit - I was typing while John was. so, OK, sounds good! :)
 

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For EM-1 Mk1 it's here (from the FAQ, I dont kwow how to link for the specific page) :
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Which lenses are compatible with the Focus Stacking mode?

The following lenses are compatible with the Focus Stacking mode which were added by the E-M1 firmware update version 4.0:

M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm F2.8 Macro
M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-40mm F2.8 PRO
M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 40-150mm F2.8 PRO
M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm F2.8 PRO (*)
M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO (*)
M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 30mm F3.5 Macro (*)
M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm F4.0 IS PRO (*)

* Compatible with Focus Stacking mode if the firmware of E-M1 camera is updated to version 4.2.
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It's in the FAQ for the model, search here :
https://learnandsupport.getolympus.com/support/e-m1
 
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