How To: Focus Stacking EM-1

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by jjbigfly, Nov 26, 2015.

  1. jjbigfly

    jjbigfly Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 6, 2013
    Wait a sec...I am not telling you how, I am ASKING how.
    I think I have read that I should be able to do stacking and end up with a single image using the EM-1 and the Olympus 60m 2.8. I tried a few times and end up with 8 images but not the single finished image, What might I be doing wrong?
    Please limit responses to CAMERA related issues :)  No politics, religion and so on....thanks
  2. It can 'fail' to auto-merge (probably can't align?), and that's what you get - just the originals, no merged output...
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  3. biodan25

    biodan25 New to Mu-43

    Nov 26, 2015
    As posted by wjiang, if the merge fails, no composite image is generated. It took a couple of tries for me while shooting handheld- i had to raise the ISO to 2500 for an interior shot at 1/160sec.

    Here is the composite and a montage of the source images:
    (f2.8 1/160sec 60mm Olympus Macro)

  4. Ross the fiddler

    Ross the fiddler Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    That's right. Here is a quote from page 174 of the Version 4 manual.
    If hand holding, then there can't be any movement.
    Last edited: Nov 26, 2015
  5. Drdave944

    Drdave944 Mu-43 All-Pro Subscribing Member

    Feb 2, 2012
    Did you pray?
  6. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler Subscribing Member

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Also make sure you're in stacking mode, not bracketing.

  7. Sootchucker

    Sootchucker Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 9, 2012
    United Kingdom
    OK, this may seem a really dumb question, but how the heck do you activate focus stacking ?

    I've gone to menus set #2 - Bracketing, set to ON, then selected "Focus BKT", set that to on, and hit right, and selected "Focus Stacking" - "ON". The number of shots is ghosted out (as I guess it's automatically 9 shots), and I can set the focus differential from narrow to wide (0-10).

    However, when I then take a shot, it just takes one shot and looks exactly the same as the shot I took without bracketing on ? I've tried with all 3 of my por lenses (12-40, 7-14 and 40-150), all with the latest firmwares, but none of them seem to work ?

    What am I doing wrong please. Do I need to activate electronic shutter, or shoot on jpg etc ? Help please.
  8. zathras

    zathras Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 13, 2014
    Waikato, New Zealand
    Chris Nielsen
    I tried this and failed a couple of times as it's not exactly clear how to use it. I switched on focus stacking, enabled bracketing and then set it to high speed silent and voila it takes 9 shots and stacks them.

    Hope this helps


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  9. Sootchucker

    Sootchucker Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 9, 2012
    United Kingdom
    Cheers Chris. Had another go and it seems I just wasn't enabling bracketing by hitting the menu button after selecting bracketing "on". Now the little "BKT" icon appears at the top of the screen and it seems to be working fine. Agree that the new manual doesn't really explain it too well !
  10. jjbigfly

    jjbigfly Mu-43 Regular

    Sep 6, 2013
    Big thanks! Would have never figured that one out......
  11. judystowell

    judystowell Mu-43 Regular

    Nov 24, 2013
    When I activate Focus BKT, my Focus stacking is grayed out - can't turn it on. What am I doing wrong/
  12. PakkyT

    PakkyT Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 20, 2015
    New England
    Isn't "stacking" only available with certain lenses? Perhaps you are not using a supported lens and therefore are limited to only bracketing?
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  13. Growltiger

    Growltiger Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 26, 2014
    You need the 12-40, the 40-150 Pro or the 60.
    Otherwise you will have to use just bracketing and stack on the computer.
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