Lack of Focus Peaking on OM System 80mm Macro

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Hi all,

Well first of all - equipment: OM-D E-M1.2, OM 80mm Macro with the closeup lens, Olympus OM telescoping tube, FOTGA OM->M43 adapter.

This is the adapted lens I have shot the most with, and to be honest, I'm reasonably happy with the results...

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The only issue I really have is focus peaking doesn't ever work (edit: there are dots but rarely on an edge -- absolutely nothing compared to manual focus on any of my M43 lenses). This even happened with a different set up (same lens, focusing helicoid and a homemade adapter). I know focus peaking works with contrast, and someone mentioned before a lack of contrast here, so I guess that makes sense. And indeed when I use the magnify feature, there's a lot of stray noise I see.

The question I have - the only non-Olympus piece I have here is the FOTGA adapter. Would it make a difference if I got the MF-2? Or is it on me (i.e. something about the way I have lighting or some setting or something).

Thanks!

Dion
 
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phigmov

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The adapter won't make any difference to the peaking unfortunately. Its all down to the scene lighting & contrast.

You could try the Oly lighting (or third-party) - the two LED's that can clip into the hot-shoe that you can bend to suit conditions. I think there are also cheap knock-offs available too. If the subject can be easily controlled (eg you can put a light-source anywhere) you could try a torch to help with illuminating one side to nail focus then switch it off to take the shot (I guess a shade may also serve a similar purpose depending on conditions & subject).
 

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Have you set peaking to be enabled by a function button? I believe that is necessary for Olympus peaking on adapted lenses. The normal settings only work for native lenses in manual focus mode, which sense the focus ring movement.
 
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Have you set peaking to be enabled by a function button? I believe that is necessary for Olympus peaking on adapted lenses. The normal settings only work for native lenses in manual focus mode, which sense the focus ring movement.

I did, but thanks for the suggestion. I have it mapped to fn2 and magnify to fn1.

I had a bit more success earlier... I added some lights and was able to get a little more of a concentration of focus peaking.

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