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    On the E-5,do you use the Lens Alignment Feature?

    Shooting with the E-3, which does not have the alignment feature I wonder how many are using it with their E-5?

    I'm an Auto-focus person then go to manual focus to dial in just in case the AF is not quite spot on.

    Yet, most of the time I'll trust the AF.

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    Re: On the E-5,do you use the Lens Alignment Feature?

    Yes I use it if I suspect or find a lens focus is out.
    It's a bit of a tedious procedure so I'm hardly enthused about having to do it but it's a useful feature.
    For most of the time my E3 focussed fine but there were occasions where I suspected the focus with a certain lens was out.

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    Re: On the E-5,do you use the Lens Alignment Feature?

    Quote Originally Posted by Woofmix View Post
    Yes I use it if I suspect or find a lens focus is out.
    It's a bit of a tedious procedure so I'm hardly enthused about having to do it but it's a useful feature.
    For most of the time my E3 focussed fine but there were occasions where I suspected the focus with a certain lens was out.

    Paul
    Thanks Paul,

    I wondered if it was really that useful. What type of target do you use?

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    Re: On the E-5,do you use the Lens Alignment Feature?

    I tried a few methods but in the end I tried a method that worked for me although probably not the recommended way to do it.
    I set the lens to wide and photographed objects around the house, each at various distances and picking a particular point on each object that would ensure the camera would get a good focus lock. I didn't use a tripod I just handheld the camera. I did this at focus adjustment settings of -10, -5, 0, +5 and +10. Then I examined the shots and noted the focus and decided which settings were the closest then repeated but bracketing the most accurate setting from the previous test say it was -5 then I did shots at -7, -6, -5, -4, -3 and inspected them and chose the best one and that was my setting to store. Then the same for the longest lens focal length. Like I said, tedious
    I've only done 2 of my lenses, the 14-54 and 14-35 and they both focus fine now, mind you that weren't far out to begin with.

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    Re: On the E-5,do you use the Lens Alignment Feature?

    The method I use is a copy of the Telegraph open at the letters page on the kitchen table so I am viewing it at about 30 degrees and use flash with aperture wide open. I need the light above the table to focus and target one particular word. Obviously the distance to subject varies with the lens. It is then easy to make adjustment in the camera as, at the distance I use, one newsprint line = 1 adjustment unit front or back. If you had a Canikon telephoto the minimum focus distance is a little to far at 4.5m but the Oly 300mm is only 2.3m so it makes this method feasible. Works with medium and short zoom equally well.

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    Re: On the E-5,do you use the Lens Alignment Feature?

    In case you missed this, I made a spyder focus cal ripoff:

    Olympus E-M1 ZD 7-14 f4, 300 f2.8, PL 25 f1.4D
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    Re: On the E-5,do you use the Lens Alignment Feature?

    Very impressive :-)

    What s the procedure when using it to calibrate lenses? Do you focus on the black and white squares and use the text to determine the degree of error?

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    Re: On the E-5,do you use the Lens Alignment Feature?

    Quote Originally Posted by Woofmix View Post
    Very impressive :-)

    What s the procedure when using it to calibrate lenses? Do you focus on the black and white squares and use the text to determine the degree of error?

    Paul
    Exactly - you can read up on how to use the spyder version and follow those instructions..

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    Re: On the E-5,do you use the Lens Alignment Feature?

    Good idea I'll make one too, where did you get the text scale chart thingi? I know you printed it but where did you get it from?

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    Re: On the E-5,do you use the Lens Alignment Feature?

    Quote Originally Posted by Woofmix View Post
    Good idea I'll make one too, where did you get the text scale chart thingi? I know you printed it but where did you get it from?

    Paul
    Ditto for me too Andy!

    Did you use yours with the 300mm 2.8?

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