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Does anyone find peaking distracting from composition?

WT21

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I am trying out focus peaking on a 5n with two voigt lenses.

It's definitely quick, but I'm finding I'm really distracted by the peaking colors. The are always there, so I find myself obsessing about critical focus. With my other system, I focus and compose, with this, the focus color is always there to remind you if you've drifted out a bit. I tried going light on the peaking, but then it gets hard to see (esp in brighter light).

Also, is there anyway on a NEX to turn off ALL text from the screen? Between the peaking colors and the information read-out, I'm finding the image v. cluttered. Was wondering if I'm missing something.
 

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Sometimes you could accidentally hit "up" on the wheel, then you will need to cycle through the various display options to get back to your preferred display.

To avoid this, go to "Camera" menu and the go to "DISP Button (Monitor)" and switch off all the other display options you don't want.
 

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Thanks, but it doesn't look like there's any setting for no text on the screen :(
 

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Funny that you ask, because the blogpost I made yesterday was addressing this very issue. Basically I wrote that's it's a learning process, and that once you've become better at it, things go back to normal and your picture taking returns to its usual process, because the manual focus that requires so much attention at first, becomes more natural and after a bit you do it without quite thinking about it.
Think about learning to drive a car (hmm, that would apply to a gear stick transmission). The analogy has been beaten to death but it is particularly relevant. At first it feels very awkward and slow and scary because you have to juggle many things at once, but after now, years later, we all drive in a total multitask mode, without thinking about it at all ! (well, some people should pay attention, but that's another story);
Bottom line of my opinion, yes manual focusing (with or without peaking) does distract you from the other aspects of picture taking, at first. But I do believe if you keep at it and do walk the walk, you'll be soon rewarded by better ease at it, and ultimately, it won't distract you anymore.
See more detail here, if you're curious
Making progress | itsnotthecamera
 

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Yes there is...

Camera > DISP Button (Monitor) > No Display Info
I have that as my only setting, and there is still across the bottom, from left to right, shutter speed, f/stop, EV adjustment and ISO.

Does yours not have this for this setting? I'm shooting a 5n.
 

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I just checked my 5n, sorry you're right. The 'No Display Info' still shows... info!
Thanks for verifying. Though I'd prefer no info, it's still pretty minimal. I just wanted to make sure I wasn't missing a setting option.
 

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