Focus Stacking

Discussion in 'Canon EOS' started by browncam, Apr 4, 2019.

  1. I have a Canon MPE 65 Macro Lens. Because it is designed for extreme closeups the depth of field is very narrow.. Focus stacking is necessary to get a whole insect or flower blossom in focus. Automatic in camera focus stacking is a feature of the new mirror less Canon RP. However, when I search it on the net, I am told that it only works with about ten Canon branded EOS lenses and the MPE 65 is not one of them. I would appreciate hearing from an RP owner who has tried the focus stacking feature.
     
  2. I don’t have an EOS RP, but it makes sense to me that since the MPE 65 is Manual Focus only, it won’t be able to do automated in-camera focus stacking.
     
  3. Not as convenient, but Photoshop does an amazing job with focus stacking. Apparently Lightroom does it too.
     
  4. I'm not aware of focus stacking in Lightroom, but I am not at a computer on which I can check. Photoshop includes one stacking method that often works well. However, IMHO, if you stack a lot (I do), it is worth using a more flexible specialty program. I use Zerene, which offers two different stacking algorithms, excellent retouching functions, and a number of other advantages. And unlike in-camera stacking in many cameras, it does not require that you lose data by converting to JPEG
     
  5. [Mike,
    Thanks. That makes sense. Not sure how I thought the RP would do it.
     
  6. Thanks for your help. With my limited computer skills, I have had better success with Photoshop than Zerene.
     
  7. John,
    Thanks, Far as I know Lightroom will stack photos, but it will not do focus stacking. I like Photoshop as well.
     
  8. I got back to a computer where I could check. The only photo merging that Lightroom can do is panoramas and HDR (or both). It does not do focus stacking. I believe the LR plugin LR Enfuse can do focus stacking, but I haven't used it for that, so I don't know how well it works. I use it for exposure blending, which is an alternative to HDR.
     

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