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RE: [PanoToolsNG] Re: New motorized pano head

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  • Mark D. Fink
    Colin, Thanks for the details. The last time I checked on controlling focus via software was before LiveView. I m glad to hear that focus control is no longer
    Message 1 of 30 , Jul 31 12:13 PM
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      Colin,

      Thanks for the details. The last time I checked on controlling focus via
      software was before LiveView. I'm glad to hear that focus control is no
      longer the impossible thing it used to be. Yet another reason to upgrade my
      cameras. Again... :o)

      Mark
      www.nyc.360cities.net
      www.pinnacle-vr.com
      www.northernlight.net


      >-----Original Message-----
      >From: PanoToolsNG@yahoogroups.com [mailto:PanoToolsNG@yahoogroups.com] On
      >Behalf Of Colin West
      >Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2008 3:07 PM
      >To: PanoToolsNG@yahoogroups.com
      >Subject: RE: [PanoToolsNG] Re: New motorized pano head
      >
      >Below is an example script written by Chris Breeze. I'd suggest installing
      >a
      >demo of DSLR Remote PRO and AutoHotKey and trying it.
      >;-----------------------------------------------------------------------
      >; AutoHotKey script to run DSLR Remote Pro, select live view and take
      >; a series of photos with different focus settings so that these can
      >; be combined using CombineZM to give extended depth of field.
      >; Please note: this script will only work with Canon EOS cameras that
      >; support live view e.g. Canon EOS 40D, Canon EOS-1D Mark III
      >;
      >; Usage: focus the lens on the nearest object to be in focus and then
      >; run this script. The number of photos in the sequence is defined by
      >; the variable NumberOfImagesInSequence below and can be overridden in
      >; the command line e.g. focus_stacking.ahk 30
      >; After taking the pictures run CombineZM to combine them into a single
      >; image with extended DoF.
      >;
      >; DSLR Remote Pro can be downloaded from
      >; http://www.breezesys.com
      >;
      >; AutoHotKey is free and can be downloaded from:
      >; http://www.autohotkey.com
      >;
      >; CombineZM is free and can be downloaded from:
      >; http://www.hadleyweb.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/CZM/combinezm.htm
      >;
      >; This script comes with no warranty or support whatsoever and may
      >; be freely copied or modified as required.
      >;
      >; Written by Chris Breeze, www.breezesys.com
      >;-----------------------------------------------------------------------
      >
      >MediumFocusSteps = 1 ; set this to 0 to focus in small steps or 1 for focus
      >in larger steps
      >NumberOfImagesInSequence = 30
      >
      >if %0% > 0 and %1% > 1
      >{
      > NumberOfImagesInSequence = %1%
      >}
      >
      >; First check DSLR Remote Pro is running and a camera is connected
      >IfWinExist, DSLR Remote Pro
      >{
      > IfWinExist, DSLR Remote Pro - Connected to
      > {
      > WinActivate, DSLR Remote Pro
      > }
      > else
      > {
      > MsgBox, 48, Stacking AutoHotkey Script, DSLR Remote Pro is not connected
      >to a camera
      > ExitApp
      > }
      >}
      >else
      >{
      > MsgBox, 48, Stacking AutoHotkey Script, DSLR Remote Pro is not running
      > ExitApp
      >}
      >
      >; Turn on live view (this will fail if the camera doesn't support live
      >view)
      >Sleep 1000
      >IfWinNotExist, Live View:
      >{
      > Send ^l
      > Sleep 2000
      >}
      >IfWinNotExist, Live View:
      >{
      > MsgBox, 48, Stacking AutoHotkey Script, Unable to select live view
      > ExitApp
      >}
      >
      >; make sure live view window has input focus
      >WinActivate, Live View:
      >Sleep 250
      >
      >
      >; Take a series of pictures and adjust the focus after each shot
      >Loop, %NumberOfImagesInSequence%
      >{
      > SendInput {F8}
      > Sleep 3000 ; give DSLR Remote Pro time to take the picture and download
      > if MediumFocusSteps > 0
      > {
      > ; focus farther away in medium steps
      > SendInput ^{Right}
      > }
      > else
      > {
      > ; focus farther away in small steps
      > SendInput {Right}
      > }
      >}
      >
      >
      > _____
      >
      >From: PanoToolsNG@yahoogroups.com [mailto:PanoToolsNG@yahoogroups.com] On
      >Behalf Of Mark D. Fink
      >Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2008 12:06 PM
      >To: PanoToolsNG@yahoogroups.com
      >Subject: RE: [PanoToolsNG] Re: New motorized pano head
      >
      >
      >
      >Hi Colin,
      >
      >I'm really interested in how you control the focus remotely. That's the one
      >thing I haven't been able to figure out, and it would make focus stacking
      >something I'd be willing to spend more time doing.
      >
      >Thanks!
      >
      >Mark
      >www.nyc.360cities.net
      >www.pinnacle-vr.com
      >www.northernlight.net
      >
      >>-----Original Message-----
      >>From: PanoToolsNG@ <mailto:PanoToolsNG%40yahoogroups.com> yahoogroups.com
      >[mailto:PanoToolsNG@ <mailto:PanoToolsNG%40yahoogroups.com>
      >yahoogroups.com]
      >On
      >>Behalf Of Mark D. Fink
      >>Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2008 10:01 AM
      >>To: PanoToolsNG@ <mailto:PanoToolsNG%40yahoogroups.com> yahoogroups.com
      >>Subject: RE: [PanoToolsNG] Re: New motorized pano head
      >>
      >>But do you use software to control the focus, or manually set the focus
      >for
      >>each step? If you are using software to control the focus of the lens,
      >what
      >>and how?
      >>
      >>Mark
      >>www.nyc.360cities.net
      >>www.pinnacle-vr.com
      >>www.northernlight.net
      >>
      >>>-----Original Message-----
      >>>From: PanoToolsNG@ <mailto:PanoToolsNG%40yahoogroups.com> yahoogroups.com
      >[mailto:PanoToolsNG@ <mailto:PanoToolsNG%40yahoogroups.com>
      >yahoogroups.com]
      >On
      >>>Behalf Of Colin West
      >>>Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2008 9:52 AM
      >>>To: PanoToolsNG@ <mailto:PanoToolsNG%40yahoogroups.com> yahoogroups.com
      >>>Subject: RE: [PanoToolsNG] Re: New motorized pano head
      >>>
      >>>For resolving focus-stacked images to 1 image I use Helicon Focus
      >>>(www.heliconsoft.com). Although you can save the output as a PSD file,
      >>I've
      >>>had better results saving it as a tiff, particularly if I want to re-rezz
      >>>to
      >>>about 2-4 times the "sensor size."
      >>>
      >>> _____
      >>>
      >>>From: PanoToolsNG@ <mailto:PanoToolsNG%40yahoogroups.com> yahoogroups.com
      >[mailto:PanoToolsNG@ <mailto:PanoToolsNG%40yahoogroups.com>
      >yahoogroups.com]
      >On
      >>>Behalf Of Mark D. Fink
      >>>Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2008 7:31 AM
      >>>To: PanoToolsNG@ <mailto:PanoToolsNG%40yahoogroups.com> yahoogroups.com
      >>>Subject: RE: [PanoToolsNG] Re: New motorized pano head
      >>>
      >>>
      >>>
      >>>Using what software? Could you share the details?
      >>>
      >>>Thanks,
      >>>
      >>>Mark
      >>>www.nyc.360cities.net
      >>>www.pinnacle-vr.com
      >>>www.northernlight.net
      >>>
      >>>>-----Original Message-----
      >>>>From: PanoToolsNG@ <mailto:PanoToolsNG%40yahoogroups.com>
      >yahoogroups.com
      >>>[mailto:PanoToolsNG@ <mailto:PanoToolsNG%40yahoogroups.com>
      >>>yahoogroups.com]
      >>>On
      >>>>Behalf Of Colin West
      >>>>Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2008 9:27 AM
      >>>>To: PanoToolsNG@ <mailto:PanoToolsNG%40yahoogroups.com> yahoogroups.com
      >>>>Subject: RE: [PanoToolsNG] Re: New motorized pano head
      >>>>
      >>>>Yes, focus can be wound forward or backward in varying steps. I've focus
      >>>>stacked 30+ deep for a closeup of a bunch of flowers.
      >>>>
      >>>> _____
      >>>>
      >>>>From: PanoToolsNG@ <mailto:PanoToolsNG%40yahoogroups.com>
      >yahoogroups.com
      >>>[mailto:PanoToolsNG@ <mailto:PanoToolsNG%40yahoogroups.com>
      >>>yahoogroups.com]
      >>>On
      >>>>Behalf Of Mark D. Fink
      >>>>Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2008 7:15 AM
      >>>>To: PanoToolsNG@ <mailto:PanoToolsNG%40yahoogroups.com> yahoogroups.com
      >>>>Subject: RE: [PanoToolsNG] Re: New motorized pano head
      >>>>
      >>>>
      >>>>
      >>>>>For example, the combination DSLR Remote Pro (www.breezesys.com) to
      >>>>control
      >>>>>the camera and AutoHotKey (www.autohotkey.com) to run scripts that feed
      >>>>>DSLR
      >>>>>Remote Pro provide an extremely flexible resource. With this
      >>combination,
      >>>>a
      >>>>>focus-stack of 15 deep and an HDR bracket of 5 provide incredible
      >detail
      >>>>>for
      >>>>>many kinds of compositions, let alone a pano row. If AutoMate could be
      >>>>>added
      >>>>>to the mix-the app that now runs on a PDA also ran on a mini XP
      >>>>>notebook-remote control would take a considerable leap ahead as it
      >would
      >>>>>build even more so on the capabilities of existing software and
      >>hardware.
      >>>>
      >>>>Can focus be controlled for focus-stacking? I was under the impression
      >>>that
      >>>>it could not, but would LOVE to be wrong on that point.
      >>>>
      >>>>Mark
      >>>>www.nyc.360cities.net
      >>>>www.pinnacle-vr.com
      >>>>www.northernlight.net
      >>>>
      >>>>
      >>>>
      >>>>
      >>>>
      >>>>
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      >>>>
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