Focus Stacking Compatibility

This article discusses the focus stacking compatibility of various Olympus/OM System cameras and lenses and provides a current gear listing. A selection of new in-camera focus stacked images recently captured handheld at the Niagara Butterfly Conservatory are featured.

NOTE: Click on images to enlarge.

OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 @ 150 mm, efov 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/80, ISO-400, handheld in-camera focus stacking, subject distance 1.3 metres

Currently there are 6 Olympus/OM System cameras that have the in-camera focus stacking technology. These include the following:

  • E-M1X
  • E-M1 Mark III
  • E-M1 Mark II
  • E-M-1 (firmware 4.0)
  • E-M5 Mark III
  • E-M5 Mark II (firmware 2.0)
OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 @ 150 mm, efov 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/80, ISO-800, handheld in-camera focus stacking, subject distance 1.2 metres

It is always important to keep the firmware on your camera current to ensure that you will have access to all of your camera’s functionality, as this can increase over time.

OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 @ 210 mm, efov 420 mm with M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter, f/4, 1/80, ISO-1000, handheld in-camera focus stacking, subject distance 1.1 metres

Not all lenses are compatible with the in-camera focus stacking feature. There are currently 12 M.Zuiko lenses that are compatible with focus stacking.  These include 4 prime lenses:

  • M.Zuiko 30 mm f/3.5 macro
  • M.Zuiko 60 mm f/2.8 macro
  • M.Zuiko 8 mm f/1.8 fisheye PRO
  • M.Zuiko 300 mm f/4 PRO IS
OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 @ 150 mm, efov 300 mm, f/2.8, 1/80, ISO-160, handheld in-camera focus stacking, subject distance 980 mm

There are 8 M.Zuiko zoom lenses that are compatible with focus stacking. These include the following:

  • M.Zuiko 7-14 mm f/2.8 PRO
  • M.Zuiko 12-40 mm f/2.8 PRO
  • M.Zuiko 40-150 mm f/2.8 PRO
  • M.Zuiko 8-25 mm f/4 PRO
  • M.Zuiko 12-45 mm f/4 PRO
  • M.Zuiko 12-100 mm f/4 IS PRO
  • M.Zuiko 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS
  • M.Zuiko 150-400 mm f/4.5 TC1.25 X IS PRO
OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter @ 210 mm, efov 420 mm, f/4, 1/80, ISO-1250, handheld in-camera focus stacking, subject distance 1.1 metres

Both M.Zuiko teleconverters (MC-14 and MC-20) are also compatible with focus stacking. These teleconverters can currently be used with 4 M.Zuiko zoom lenses (40-150 mm f/2.8 PRO, 300 mm IS PRO, 100-400 mm f/5-6.3 IS, and 150-400 mm f/4.5 TC1.25X IS PRO).

OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter @ 175 mm, efov 350 mm, f/4, 1/80, ISO-1250, handheld in-camera focus stacking, subject distance 790 mm

Regardless of the camera brand that you use, it is advisable to always check for lens compatibility with hardware like teleconverters, and various firmware capabilities. Never assume that the lens you are considering will be fully compatible with all available hardware and software options.

OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter @ 210 mm, efov 420 mm, f/4, 1/80, ISO-1000, handheld in-camera focus stacking, subject distance 1.2 metres

As computational photography features increase with various brands of cameras, I think it is realistic to expect that manufacturers will put limits on feature compatibility. This will be one way that they will establish differentiation between their various lens offerings. This will serve as ‘encouragement’ for photographers to invest in more expensive lenses if they want to take full advantage of their camera’s capabilities.

OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter @ 210 mm, efov 420 mm, f/4, 1/80, ISO-2000, handheld in-camera focus stacking, subject distance 1.1 metres

All of the photographs in this article were captured handheld using an E-M1X and an M.Zuiko 40-150 mm f/2.8 zoom lens. I also used my M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter for some of the images in this posting.

OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter @ 170 mm, efov 340 mm, f/4, 1/80, ISO-640, handheld in-camera focus stacking, subject distance 705 mm

Technical Note:

Photographs were captured handheld using camera gear as noted in the EXIF data. Images were produced using in-camera focus stacking technology. Focus stacking was set for 10 frames with a focus differential of 3. All photographs are displayed as full frame captures that have been resized for web use. In-camera focus stacked jpegs were adjusted slightly in post using my standard process. This is the 1,090th article published on this website since its original inception.

OM-D E-M1X + M.Zuiko PRO 40-150 mm f/2.8 with M.Zuiko MC-14 teleconverter @ 210 mm, efov 420 mm, f/4, 1/80, ISO-2500, handheld in-camera focus stacking, subject distance 1.2 metres

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