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Old Mar 19, 2008, 1:45 PM   #1
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Hey guys I am new here and have a e-500 and have been getting used to the camera and so far i love it. One thing however that I don't love is the lens' manual focus. It's got that focus by wire deal going on. Mine really blows. Are they all like this or is it possible that I have a bad lens. Like its not linear at all. Very skippy focus. I bought the camera off amazon so i have no idea how it is supposed to feel because I didnt try it at a store or anything prior to purchasing. Other than that I love the camera and have gotten some good shots with it so far. Here is my website that I have devoted to my photography.


The daily photos section are all taken with this camera. let me know what you think.

Thanks in advance for any help.

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Old Mar 19, 2008, 5:30 PM   #2
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It's not supposed to be linear, the focus ring is SPEED SENSITIVE...if you turn the ring quickly the lens will jump from near to infinity in less than a rotation, and if you turn the lens slowly the lens will crawl requiring more rotations to get from near to infinity.

It's one of the benefits of these lenses, and I was sorry to see Olympus returning to mechanical focus rings in their SWD lenses because people whined it wasn't like the lenses on their 20 year old film camera.

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Old Mar 19, 2008, 5:33 PM   #3
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Hmm well good to know that nothing is wrong with it. I am just used to my brothers rebel xti that has the manual lens. I guess i will just have to get used to it. thanks for the response.
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Old Mar 25, 2008, 10:30 AM   #4
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One really cool thing that you can do to help the manual focus is to set the AEL/AFL button to perform S-AF when in manual focus mode. This allows you to do two things:
1) Let the camera get you close to the correct focus, then manual focus final
2) Set focus bracketing to do 2 or 3 shots above and below that focus point (in some arbitrary "step")

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