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leeds Jul 15, 2005 4:15 PM

:(Hi Everyone, just bough a Oly E300, but having real problems with the focus when taking pics.

To start I thought it would be best to set evry setting to auto, incl the scene setting- set to "P"

When I look thru the viewfinder and adjust the lens to photograph the subject, I then press downthe photo button to halfway....at this point I am expecting the camera to auto focus (should I see the subject become clearer in the lens??), Nothing happens to the lens so I have to adjust the lens out so that the subject is further away.

If I turn the outer focus ring, nothing happens...is this ok?

Even then when I take the pic, the picture comes out blurred.

If I try and photograph anything with text on it...it is impossible to read!

I'm finding it almost impossible to get a clear photo out of the camera

Can anyone advise or help me...I am getting desparate to produce something decent after all the money I have spent.



Thanks In Advance

Kanji Jul 16, 2005 3:01 AM

When you half press the shutter button you should hear and feel the lens mechanism operating and the object goes sharp in the view finder. I would make sure the lens is latched and "clicks" in position and check the contacts to see if they are corroded,dirty etc.. Also, make sure that the battery is fully charged. Go to the back of the manual for the trouble shooting procedures. If you can't get it to focus,call Olympus or take it back for another one.That's the things that I would do.

zoegy73 Jul 17, 2005 1:51 AM

1. Release lens
2. Check connector of both lens and body. If dirty, clean with proper cleaner.
3. Reattach the lens. Be sure to hear "click" when you attach the lens.
4. Check apperture indicator. If no apperture value appeared, you have attached your lens improperly. Back to no. 1.
5. If you use eyeglasses, release your glasses, set camera diopter that suitable for your eyes.


Cheers


Sorry for my bad English

Mikefellh Aug 12, 2005 7:57 AM

Also, check your focus mode (push the AF button). For the manual focus to be active, it has to be enabled; either by S-AF+MF (single auto focus + manual focus), or MF (manual focus).

LeeBuhrul Oct 9, 2005 8:17 PM

you're too close to the subject for the lens you have on the camera... try backing off until you get it to focus... also check minimum focus length on the lens spec... most likely nothing happens when you turn the focus ring because the camera is on autofocus... change to manual to test it... if you're trying to photo text you're very likely way too close to focus the lenses that come with the camera (by the way there is a "text" scene mode to help)

for the standard 14-45mm f3.5-5.6 lens - Closest Focusing Distance:0.38m or about 18 inches

for the 40-150mm f3.5-4.5 lens the Closest Focusing Distance:1.5m or 4.5 feet

Mikefellh Oct 9, 2005 9:35 PM

Hearing more and more complaints on this problem, I decided to do my own research (since I own an E-300):

Most of the times I've heard of this problem, people installed the lenses onto the camera while holding in the lens release button. The lens can actually be turned beyond the lock point and there's no electrical contact, turning it back a bit without pressing the button locks the lens and engages the contacts. The locking pin HAS to be engaged because it is one of the electrical contacts...if not the lens won't work.

Personally, I NEVER push the release button while installing lenses. Even in removing a lens, I'll only hold down the button long enough while turning to unlock the lens, and then reposition my hand so I have a better grip on the camera body.

Of course with lens adapters with electrical contacts (like tele and macro converters) you have to make sure BOTH locking pins, the one on the camera body and the one on the adapter, are properly engaged.
In the time I've owned my E-300, I've changed the lens many times (I own three lenses), I have yet to have the problem (except in my experimentation where I caused the problem on purpose).

Mike

parkwoodmm Oct 11, 2005 2:19 AM

Hi.

Focus problem on the E-300. I've noticed this too.

The reason is that the focus motor is inside the lenses and if your battery is down then although there is sufficient power to energise the control panel, there isn't enough to run the motor, so no auto-focus. You should be getting a warning light in the viewfinder to alert you to this.

Solution - second battery!!

Parkwood

MOG_22 Oct 24, 2005 11:24 PM

How about focusing in low light? Often times I take photos at night, sometimes in very very low light situations. Back when I had my P&S camera, it would just focus and I'd let the shutter stay open for the 15 seconds it could. With the E-300, I'm finding that, eventhough the AF illiuminator activates, the camera still has a hard time focusing. I'm mostly taking pictures of trees or decent cars that people have parked or sometimes small bodies of water. Would something like a laser pointer help if I got one that projected shapes?

Norm in Fujino Oct 24, 2005 11:42 PM

MOG_22 wrote:
Quote:

How about focusing in low light? Often times I take photos at night, sometimes in very very low light situations. Back when I had my P&S camera, it would just focus and I'd let the shutter stay open for the 15 seconds it could. With the E-300, I'm finding that, eventhough the AF illiuminator activates, the camera still has a hard time focusing. I'm mostly taking pictures of trees or decent cars that people have parked or sometimes small bodies of water. Would something like a laser pointer help if I got one that projected shapes?
The only way to tell for sure is by trying one (laser pointer). Some might be bright enough to work, some not. In my own case, I use manual focus under such conditions. The built-in flash assisted AF only works on short distances out to where the flash can reach, which isn't too far. When using the FL-50, on the other hand, its built-in AF assist lamp is much more effective at longer distances, but it's still limited; once again, manual focus if all else fails.


MOG_22 Oct 25, 2005 12:18 AM

This may be a silly question, but is there a simple way to tell that something is in focus when in a dark area? Say I'm taking pictures of landscape, like a lake at nigiht, I look through the viewfinder and it's difficult to see. Is there a setting on the camera for infinite focus, or perhaps turning the focus ring all the way in one direction will allow the landscape to be in focus? I know, nighttime photography is difficult.

Norm in Fujino Oct 25, 2005 8:04 AM

The "budget" line of lenses does not include a distance scale, so if you're using one of those, you should do some testing during daylight hours and find out where infinity focus is, and maybe even make a mark on the barrel of your lens to remind yourself. Due to the way these lenses focus, it is possible to go past infinity on manual focus, in which case you'll be out of focus again.
With the 14-54 and others in the mid-range and up lenses, a distance scale is provided on the lens, but once again, some prior testing is in order to assure yourself that the infinity mark actually marks true infinity.



speaklightly Oct 25, 2005 10:23 PM

For those that do not know me, let me tell you that I am not without a bit of experience. I have been a professional photographer for almost 55 years.

I just received my new E-300, purchased on Ebay at a very good price. However, I have already discovered that the E-300 is VERY subject to camera movement. Yes, I threw it on a tripod and that cured the problem, right away, but new users should beware.

Sarah Joyce

Mikefellh Oct 25, 2005 11:58 PM

"Speaklightly", just a tip that you shouldn't use your real name in forums. The fact that both your name and your city (not to mention your likeness) are all displayed can make you an easy target. I've known people who have argued in forums and have been tracked down, harassed and threatened.

aidogael Dec 22, 2005 4:32 AM

FAO Speaklightly:



I just read your post about the E 300 and camera movement. I recently bought one and I noticed more shake than normal on my first set ofphotos. I was concerned that I had recentlydeveloped a tremor in my hands. I was relieved to read your post. Can you explain why the E 300 is more susceptible to movement?

tx2654 Feb 15, 2006 5:45 PM

My E300 works just fine, no focus problems whatsoever. I think it's operator error or the camera is defective.

lenseye Feb 20, 2006 12:43 AM

It sounds like a similar problem I had with my first E-300. :(It wouldn't focus after about 200 photos. I returned the camera for a full refund. I have since bought another E-300 and have had no simliar problem (knock on wood). Take it back and get a new one.;)



Take Care,



Ed

OLYPHOTO Sep 27, 2006 10:35 PM

E-300 for almost 2 years, just had auto focus problem - lens would not move when button depressed. Three calls to Olympus support could not resolve - said to mail them. I tried your suggestion and it solved the problem. When turning the lens, do not hold the button in (just enough to get rotation started) then put lens back on the body so it clicks.

jorgen Sep 28, 2006 2:04 AM

Just noticed this one:

Can you explain why the E 300 is more susceptible to movement?

It most certainly is not. No focussing problems here, except in low light as is to be expected. I hardly ever use a tripod and then only for night photo and have for example used the 40-150mm zoom handheld at 81mm on 1/20.

This said, I do get shaken photos if I am sloppy.


Rriley Sep 30, 2006 10:44 AM

just to add
sometimes the contacts between the lens and he body need cleaning too
use an isopropyl alcohol

Riley

Mikefellh Sep 30, 2006 2:35 PM

Quote:

sometimes the contacts between the lens and he body need cleaning too use an isopropyl alcohol
Most of the issues with contacts is due to user error, turning the lens too far (by holding in the lens release button while putting on lens) or accidently pressing the lens release button while shooting.

With my FOUR lenses (as well as the EX-25), if there was a dirty contact issue it would have shown up a long time ago with all the lens changes I make.

Norm in Fujino Oct 1, 2006 7:56 AM

OLYPHOTO wrote:
Quote:

E-300 for almost 2 years, just had auto focus problem - lens would not move when button depressed. Three calls to Olympus support could not resolve - said to mail them. I tried your suggestion and it solved the problem. When turning the lens, do not hold the button in (just enough to get rotation started) then put lens back on the body so it clicks.
When mounting the lens, you do not need to touch the button AT ALL. Just insert the lens and twist. The button should be pressed only when releasing the lens.


Mikefellh Oct 1, 2006 9:28 AM

Yup, it's called a lens RELEASE button for a reason.


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