Originally Posted by NOBD
Nice. Did you also do the opposite focus, AY? (The girl in the back sharp.)
Thanks. I wish, but getting correct focus on the front girl was hard enough to get that moment. I had to throw away dozens of photos because of missed focus.
I think focus peaking is overrated. It can get you in the right ballpark, but I always have to turn on magnified liveview to get correct focus. Focus peaking is also really only effective for high-contrast subjects, and seems to be affected by the camera profile settings too. I had the camera set on an especially low-contrast setting because I was also shooting some BTS video (low-contrast, flat video is easier to grade and color-correct without artifacts). For photos, while RAW isn't affected by the profile settings, the liveview is, and diminished contrast really hurts focus peaking. That lens is also relatively low contrast, and contrast drops like a rock if it's even pointed anywhere near a direct light.
It's not that I hate that lens, but you do have to be very deliberate when using it. Its optical weaknesses (basically flares and internal reflections) are also very interesting and characterful for video. I had my whole kit of lenses with me, but kept going back to the Helios throughout the shoot, too.