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    Landscape focusing and FE16-35

    Hi All
    I was wondering what peoples technique was with try to achieve hyperfocal focussing (or near to it) on the the wider Sony FE lenses that don't have any DOF scale. The A7 series manual focussing distances that show up on the LCD/EVF are really next to useless and I am finding it at times a little frustrating. Of course there is the rule of thumb of stopping down and focussing a third of the way into the scene but was just wondering how others dealt with this

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    Re: Landscape focusing and FE16-35

    I use the MF focus assist magnification like a ground glass on a view camera. i.e. move it around the image to see if focus is where I want it.

    Naturally, this is easiest to do when on a tripod but it can be done handheld just takes some time.

    Then when you go back to normal view, you'll notice that the Yellow (in my case) MF confirmation is a reasonable showing. Especially for hyper-focus.

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    Thanks I tried that method today and it is okay but on the A7rII I find it quite hard to see clearly when stopped down to F8. I just wish they had a better implemented focus scale!!
    Anyway luckily I usually like my background a little out of focus to give some separation from the main subject so this isn't often a problem

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    Re: Landscape focusing and FE16-35

    Quote Originally Posted by Viramati View Post
    Thanks I tried that method today and it is okay but on the A7rII I find it quite hard to see clearly when stopped down to F8. I just wish they had a better implemented focus scale!!
    Anyway luckily I usually like my background a little out of focus to give some separation from the main subject so this isn't often a problem
    Get a Batis 25.

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    Re: Landscape focusing and FE16-35

    Quote Originally Posted by The Ute View Post
    Get a Batis 25.
    Yes of course the BATIS had the OLED DOF display but it is not a focal length that I can justify as I already have the FE28/f and more importantly the Leica Q which again is 28mm has very good manual focussing, an accurate DOF scale and amazing IQ

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    Re: Landscape focusing and FE16-35

    Quote Originally Posted by Viramati View Post
    ... I find it quite hard to see clearly when stopped down to F8...
    When doing critical focus, do it with the lens wide open and then stop down after establishing focus.
    That's the way I ALWAYS did it with manual lens on view cameras, medium format and even SLRs.

    Now, we've gotten spoiled with auto focus and forget old practices that still work.

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    Re: Landscape focusing and FE16-35

    Quote Originally Posted by dmward View Post
    When doing critical focus, do it with the lens wide open and then stop down after establishing focus.
    That's the way I ALWAYS did it with manual lens on view cameras, medium format and even SLRs.

    Now, we've gotten spoiled with auto focus and forget old practices that still work.
    Thanks but my problem is not trying to get critical focus on a specific object but trying to assess DOF when stopped down which is exasperated by the lack of DOF scale on the lens. I suppose it is just frustrating and can be worked around

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