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  • Focus annoyance E-P2 with (adapted 4/3) ZD lens

    I use an E-P2 with MMF-1 plus ZD 70-300mm.

    This was always going to be a compromise combo, but it does give me the reach I want. I'm mostly happy with the compromises I have to make with it.

    The recent firmware update improved the AF somewhat, but it is a slow focusing lens, especially at 300mm, at which end the AF accuracy is frankly rather poor. This is worse in poor light (though even in excellent light with a high-contrast subject it's completely missed the target sometimes)

    BUT ... (and maybe I just need to read the manual properly, but I can't find it) ... when I use S-AF + MF mode, I can get myself a nice sharp image by allowing the AF to coarse-focus, then fine-tune it with the focus ring ... as soon as I hit the shutter release, the AF takes over & refocuses and I lose the image ... grr!

    Hints, tips, pointers in the right direction (including manual pages, I'm not too proud to be told to RTFM) welcome
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    Re: Focus annoyance E-P2 with (adapted 4/3) ZD lens

    I suggest using the switch on the lens. As soon as it is close to focus (AF) with the half press , switch it over & complete the focus manully.

    Ross
    Ross
    I fiddle with violins (when I'm not fiddling with a camera).
    Cameras: OM-D E-M1 & Mk II, Olympus Stylus 1, OM-D E-M5.
    Lenses: M.ZD12-40mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD40-150mm f2.8 PRO Lens with MC-14, M.ZD12-50, M.ZD60 Macro, M.ZD75-300 Mk II, MMF-3, ZD14-54 II, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM.
    Flashes: FL36R X2, FL50R, FL50.
    Software: Capture One Pro 10 (& Olympus Viewer 3).

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    • #3
      Re: Focus annoyance E-P2 with (adapted 4/3) ZD lens

      When something is right in front of my eyes (in this case, quite literally), it is embarrassing not to have seen it ...

      Thanks very much, Ross
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      • #4
        Re: Focus annoyance E-P2 with (adapted 4/3) ZD lens

        Thats fine. It's a bit like when we can't see the forest for the trees.

        Ross
        Ross
        I fiddle with violins (when I'm not fiddling with a camera).
        Cameras: OM-D E-M1 & Mk II, Olympus Stylus 1, OM-D E-M5.
        Lenses: M.ZD12-40mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD40-150mm f2.8 PRO Lens with MC-14, M.ZD12-50, M.ZD60 Macro, M.ZD75-300 Mk II, MMF-3, ZD14-54 II, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM.
        Flashes: FL36R X2, FL50R, FL50.
        Software: Capture One Pro 10 (& Olympus Viewer 3).

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        • #5
          Re: Focus annoyance E-P2 with (adapted 4/3) ZD lens

          Another option is to put the camera in manual focus (MF), then use the AEL/AFL button to do a single AF. To set this up, see Wrotniak's article http://www.wrotniak.net/photo/43/e510-sett.html#LOCK. This articale is for E410/510 but works on all the others.

          It looks pretty complex to begin with :\, but once mastered, makes for great flexibility....and also works with lenses that don't have AF/MF switch .

          Works identically on both my EPL-1 and my E-510.
          Cheers....OzGary
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          • #6
            Re: Focus annoyance E-P2 with (adapted 4/3) ZD lens

            ah ... that's also a very helpful suggestions ... I had actually read that bit of the manual, but hadn't joined up the dots ... thanks
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            • #7
              Re: Focus annoyance E-P2 with (adapted 4/3) ZD lens

              Originally posted by OzGary View Post
              Another option is to put the camera in manual focus (MF), then use the AEL/AFL button to do a single AF. To set this up, see Wrotniak's article http://www.wrotniak.net/photo/43/e510-sett.html#LOCK. This articale is for E410/510 but works on all the others.

              It looks pretty complex to begin with :\, but once mastered, makes for great flexibility....and also works with lenses that don't have AF/MF switch .

              Works identically on both my EPL-1 and my E-510.
              Ah yes. Why didn't I think of that. That's how I have my E30 set up which, of course, was as suggested by Wrotniak.

              Ross
              Ross
              I fiddle with violins (when I'm not fiddling with a camera).
              Cameras: OM-D E-M1 & Mk II, Olympus Stylus 1, OM-D E-M5.
              Lenses: M.ZD12-40mm f2.8 PRO Lens, M.ZD40-150mm f2.8 PRO Lens with MC-14, M.ZD12-50, M.ZD60 Macro, M.ZD75-300 Mk II, MMF-3, ZD14-54 II, Sigma 150mm F2.8 APO Macro DG HSM.
              Flashes: FL36R X2, FL50R, FL50.
              Software: Capture One Pro 10 (& Olympus Viewer 3).

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