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Newbie advice using a 5D Mk2 on an Olympus SZ6045

Posted: 11.08.2016 12:12
by BryceM
This is my first venture into any macro / micro photography and I am struggling.
I am trying to image some volcanic ash particles as part of my PhD studies. The particles are in the range of 1 mm diameter. The setup I have is an Olympus SZ6045 binocular microscope which has a third photography tube. I have the Olympus photo tube attached and a EOS to OM adapter at the top to take up the focal length difference.
The setup is exactly as described here http://www.alanwood.net/photography/olympus/digital-slr-sz4045-stereo-microscope.html

The images and stacks I am getting do not seem anything like the quality I am seeing on the forums here and elsewhere. I am using EOS Utilities Liveview on my laptop to control the camera and have set Mode 1 in the Live view settings to reduce shake. However I cannot seem to be able to achieve a sharp focus at any point in the zoomed Live view image.

Can anyone suggest a diagnosis route or improvement suggestions? I have attached a sample stack - 17 jpg images at large size (5616 × 3744).

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Re: Newbie advice using a 5D Mk2 on an Olympus SZ6045

Posted: 11.08.2016 14:08
by Stas Yatsenko
If your original images are sharp and should be usable for focus stacking (in other words, if the problem is with Helicon Focus) then please send a sample stack for study.

Re: Newbie advice using a 5D Mk2 on an Olympus SZ6045

Posted: 11.08.2016 15:26
by BryceM
Hi Stas,

I have sent a stack link to the "support" e-mail address. I don't think it is a software issue but I am hoping someone on the forum may have some ideas where I can look for sharpness problems.

Thanks

Bryce