Focus Stacking for Sony using the Sony RMT-P1BT Bluetooth remote
Howdy All! Its been a litle while since I have written anything new! Somehow it feels like it has been a busier year than previous. I have a cool find for you today! Some of you may know that I recently switched from Nikon to Sony. After 8 years of loyalty to the camera Giant and large Pro DSLR bodies I said goodbye and welcomed a small, but amazingly powerfull mirrosless system. The Sony A7RIV, the 12-24 ƒ/2.8 G, the 24-70 ƒ/2.8 GM and temporarily, the 70-200 ƒ/4 to get me started with a backup A7RIII and 100-400 in the works! I will write more in depth about this major switch later on when I have more time. The whats, the whys, the findings, the pro’s and con’s but for now, I have for you my first Sony Tip/Hack! In this short tutorial I will explain how to use the Sony RMT-P1BT wireless bluetooth remote to help focus stack! Unfortunately this remote is only compatable with a select few models, so check the chart below! Enjoy!
Leaving the latest flagship Nikon behind wasnt easy and has taken quite some convincing but I did it, and now I need to find ways to iomprove the experience. As an engineer we are trained to find ways to work smarter, not harder and the SINGLE biggest feature I will miss is Nikon’s automatic “Focus Shifting”..
It has essentially helped shape my photography the last two years with its ease of use and ability to shift focus to infinity. This means I dont have to touch the camera to refocus each frame to ensure sharpness front to back. It was a godsend that made capturing extreme ‘Near-Far” compositions so simple.
Sadly the Sony’s dont have this feature..YET, but I believe they will soon, or at least hope they do. For now we can all get by with touch screen focus, or this really great remote!
You can purchase the remote from a myriad of places but I chose B&H. They seem to be low in stock in most places, especially after posting about this on social media last week, most places were sold out! Link Below!
Ready for the good stuff?
How to Focus Stack with the Sony RMT-P1BT Bluetooth remote
- Step 1: Link the remote to the camera. Under menu 2/8 under “Network2” and within “Bluetooth Settings” ensure that “Bluetooth Function” is turned ON.
- Step 2: In the same menu, under “Bluetooth Rmt Ctrl” ensure this is turned ON.
- Step 3: Press and hold both the shutter button AND the plus (+) button simultaneously for at least 7 seconds until the light on the remote stops flashing, youre now connected and should be able to test by snapping a frame.
- Step 4: Ensure your lens is in AF or autofocus mode, you can verify this by viewing the switch on the barrel of the lens.
- Step 5: Ensure that your camera BODY is in MF or manual focus DRIVE mode.
- Step 6: Ensure the switches on the side of the remote are setup as follows: Lock>Off, set to “Focus”, and “Still”.
- Step 7: Once youve found your composition, and have dialed in your exposure settings, manually or autumatically focus on your nearest element and take your first image.
- Step 8: Now click the plus (+) button 2-3 times depending on your proximity to your closest element (The closer you are, less clicks but more frames, the further away you are might require more clicks but less frames (if this confused you, read the artciles above via the links provided! (Each ‘click’ forward is a “step value’, so if youre using Nikons feature this would be the same for you when programming the auto feature. Take a second frame.
- Step 9: Repeat until the entirety of the scene has been captured and is acceptably sharp to your taste.
- Step 10: Optional, but you can work in reverse with this remote by following the same steps but using the minus(-) button inistead.
Here is a couple of examples using this remote on the Sony A7rIV with the new 12-24mm ƒ/2.8 GM lens!
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