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  • Zuiko 14-150mm 4-5.6 II - useless ring where focus ring should be

    Anyone know the purpose of the outer ring on this lens? As far as I can tell it does nothing at all!

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    Re: Zuiko 14-150mm 4-5.6 II - useless ring where focus ring should be

    As sometimes happens, as soon as I posted this question I discovered the answer! Camera (EM-1 Mark II) was set to S-AF only which rendered the ring inoperative. Switched to S-AF+MF and the ring came to life!

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      Re: Zuiko 14-150mm 4-5.6 II - useless ring where focus ring should be

      Originally posted by greymont View Post
      As sometimes happens, as soon as I posted this question I discovered the answer! Camera (EM-1 Mark II) was set to S-AF only which rendered the ring inoperative. Switched to S-AF+MF and the ring came to life!
      Sods law they call it.............

      You sorted it............

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        Re: Zuiko 14-150mm 4-5.6 II - useless ring where focus ring should be

        Originally posted by Mj224 View Post
        Sods law they call it.............

        You sorted it............
        Good morning Mark, would the settings apply to the 75-300 mm Mark 2?
        Yesterday, a baby Sykes monkey came to the edge of the garden looking for a mango and I could not get the lens to center focus on its face to get a clear shot. The monkey even posed as I was about 20 feet away. The photos came out blurry so I had to ditch them.
        Best wishes
        Phil

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        • #5
          Re: Zuiko 14-150mm 4-5.6 II - useless ring where focus ring should be

          I am just going for a forest walk and will try the settings and outer ring out
          Best wishes
          Phil

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          • #6
            Re: Zuiko 14-150mm 4-5.6 II - useless ring where focus ring should be

            Originally posted by Gate Keeper View Post
            I am just going for a forest walk and will try the settings and outer ring out
            I returned from the walk without any photos, the birds were there, I could hear them but could not see them. Wrong time of day.

            Here is a photo I took yesterday in the forest, where the 75-300mm mark 2 lens struggled to focus. Hence the blurred shot and lack of detail. The photo is not edited. Comments/advice welcomed. Thank you

            African Paradise Flycatcher

            African Paradise Flycatcher by philip Gate Keeper, on Flickr
            Best wishes
            Phil

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            • #7
              Re: Zuiko 14-150mm 4-5.6 II - useless ring where focus ring should be

              Hi Gate Keeper,

              My 75-300 II is very sensitive to filter. I hade my camera on a tripod, and tested with and without UV-filter (Hoya). With filter all pictures was very soft an looked out of focus. Without filter they were almost as sharp as with my 4/3 150/f2.0.

              Regards

              Bo

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              • #8
                Re: Zuiko 14-150mm 4-5.6 II - useless ring where focus ring should be

                Thank you very much for your advice. I will try that, taking the UV filter off. Yesterday, a visitor came to stay and by coincidence he has the very same camera as mine with all the lenses. He said my camera was not set up to focus properly. He did some adjustments, namely focus peaking and how the lens is set to focus with enlargement. I did take one photo (below) in Aperture Priority before he made the adjustments.

                African Bare-eyed Thrush
                eating figs from a giant fig tree in the forest. The photo is still not quite clear. I cropped out a lot of the tree trunk and there is some noise, my apologies, but I will try again. The visitor has gone off on safari today with his Olympus and his lenses. He showed me how focus peaking works. It was very interesting.

                African Bare eyed Thrush Nairobi Garden by philip Gate Keeper, on Flickr
                Best wishes
                Phil

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                • #9
                  Re: Zuiko 14-150mm 4-5.6 II - useless ring where focus ring should be

                  Hi Guys and Gals, itís been a week since I last posted. In that time, I have been out most days taking photos, practicing using the outer ring in the manual mode and focus peaking, without a filter on to try and improve image clarity. 2 days I did not take any photos because of the weather. Itís been raining heavily and the forest has been muddy, also spotted some Leopard tracks and didnít fancy being in the forest on my own. Today itís been 39C, too hot for taking photos of the birds and the bees. Thank you for reading my post.
                  Best wishes
                  Phil

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