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My intent in reviewing the Phase One IQ4 has been to avoid criticizing things that are just what they are. To paraphrase, features of a sports car lacking in a old diesel pickup need not be criticized as flaws.
But the Phase One IQ4 automated focus stacking feature is so badly done that it cannot be let go without commentary, as it is a huge disappointment in being extraordinarly difficult to use for my needs, aned I am speaking as someone who focus stacks exensively—one of the experts in the world I would say, at least for field shooting.
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