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General Help Q&A / Re: "Focus Stack not completed" Error
« on: January 01, 2019, 02:55:27 PM »
So far, there's absoutely no difference. I've run approximately 30 stacks since yesterday, only the error message was different. I'm still shooting and will be for the rest of the day and evening.

The only off things I've experienced with BOTH builds:

  • When installing ML/upgrading firmware, it never finishes, apparently. Once you suspect something's off and push some buttons (Menu, Play etc, I believe), the display turns on again and underneath you get the "Please restart your camera" message
  • Sometimes, after the first picture in a stack, the display turns off and the light keeps flashing/on perpetually. Nothing else happens, unless you press the LV button, then it continues happily.

I'll be glad to do some testing for you guys, as you didn't have any tests on the 7D build, just point me where you need me. As long as you don't ask me to do programming (1+2=4) I'll try to help as good as I can. I know the camera is outdated, but still great for macro work, so I'd love to help out, though I could never compensate for what you guys did for me with ML.

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General Help Q&A / Re: "Focus Stack not completed" Error
« on: December 31, 2018, 07:01:12 PM »
OK, I moved the subject away again to simulate prior conditions. ML now notifies me I've reached the "soft focus limit" instead of "Focus stack not completed", to that seems to have been the problem after all. I still don't understand what the problem is, as I've used the same procedure as always an the subject isn't too close to focus.

I got it - it has to do with the focus range switch on the lens (Canon 100 L IS). I can manually focus where I need to go, but ML can't reproduce it.

Sorry for wasting your time, it works flawlessly now!


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General Help Q&A / Re: "Focus Stack not completed" Error
« on: December 31, 2018, 06:34:09 PM »
Oh, DUH, "Experiments", I'm sorry.

Update: I figured this was the only subject shot from a larger distance than the others, so I flipped the cam into portrait mode and rebuilt the set. Once the subject is closer, as the others were, stacking works normal.

I'll install the fix now.

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General Help Q&A / Re: "Focus Stack not completed" Error
« on: December 31, 2018, 06:20:33 PM »
Here's the video:
edit: you can't see the error message because the external monitor always loses signal between shots. If running on the cam only, it says "focus stack not completed" after the beep. I encountered the same behaviour when the soft limit focus range was reached, but there was no warning on this now.

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General Help Q&A / Re: "Focus Stack not completed" Error
« on: December 31, 2018, 06:15:21 PM »
I'm using the latest build for the 7D https://builds.magiclantern.fm/7D-203.html - practically a fresh install. It worked fine for several days, now suddenly it stops. I'll post a video right away!

I'm sorry, but I can't follow you on the build versions, please don't hate me for asking for a link, I can't make heads or tails of the older builds list...

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Tutorials and Creative Uses / Focus stacking on the 7D - tutorial
« on: December 31, 2018, 06:07:12 PM »
Since I found all videos on YT very misleading, as recorded using 5D models, and I just found one halfway botched entry on using it on a 60D with way too many unnecessary things in it, I thought I'd post my own, so I can remember it better.

It SOUNDS complicated, but in fact it's just always "pushing the DEL button" in between that makes the instructions look lengthy, but that's necessary, otherwise you won't get the visual information required to complete this operation.

  • Power on cam
  • activate Live View
  • press DEL twice to activate ML
  • go to camera settings tab, activate "Global Draw, on, all modes" and then activate "Focus peaking", color set to something contrasting with the subject (only needs to be done once for setup, only works with focus loupe disabled!)
  • go to focus settings tab, set "Follow Focus" to "Arrows" (only needs to be done once for setup)
  • press DEL deactivate ML menu
  • manually focus (or push the joystick left) on the point farthest away the camera should focus on. I you can't see focus peaking lines and dots, you have native Canon menus activated. Press the "Info" button repeatedly until you get to a screen that only shows the ML level bars and info. You'll then see focused details highlit in the color you chose in step 4
  • press DEL activate ML menu
  • go to "Focus" Tab (1 to the right)
  • select "Focus End point" and press "Q", top left button. The Focus End point is now greyed out and set to "0, here". ML knows where to start from now.
  • press DEL deactivate ML menu so you can see the peaking!
  • press the joystick right to get the motor into motion, focusing closer towards you. ML now counts how many stepas the motor has to complete to go to where you want it to. Once the peaking is visible to the closest point that should be in focus, press DEL
  • back in ML, you select "Focus stacking", select "copy rack range" and "start focus stack". Setting the correct number of steps etc. is individual and depends on what lens you use. Every time you alter the number of steps, you have to copy rack range again!

Edits: after extensive use, I found out some steps I previously described could be skipped.

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General Help Q&A / "Focus Stack not completed" Error
« on: December 31, 2018, 05:40:58 PM »
Hey there,

I've been shooting macros using ML's focus stacking function for a couple of days now, everything was working fine, now suddenly on a specific subject one single shot is taken, then the cam beeps and ML notifies me the stack wasn't completed. I already tried restarting the camera, to no avail. I've reset the stacking procedure 10 times, always the same result.

Does that error ring a bell? Couldn't find any info except in the ML code online.
Please help, it's critical I get this done, stupid timing on New Year's eve.


Thanks :-)

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General Chat / Re: What camera are you running ML on?
« on: December 25, 2012, 07:51:59 PM »
First post ;D Hi guys!

7d since a couple of weeks. As at total DSLR film n00b, I'll have to hack my brain first to understand GOP etc etc etc before hacking the cam with ML, but I've been following ML since a while and WILL use & support it financially like the other Open Source communities that have helped me in my career.

THANK YOU for creating ML.

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