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Old Dec 27, 2002, 6:32 PM   #1
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Default C50Z Auto-focus

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C50Z is a letdown.

Auto-focus does not work when ambient light is low. The camera is entirely useless under these conditions.

Does anyone know of a solution (besides using a flashlight)?
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Old Dec 27, 2002, 7:01 PM   #2
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Most digital cameras (without focus assist beam) have this problem, including most of the Olympus line. Here's how autofocus works:

http://www.howstuffworks.com/autofocus3.htm

If your camera has a manual focus you can use that. Otherwise, there's not much else to do as the C-50 doesn't have a socket for a flash with focus assist.

And I agree, it's disgusting how Olympus is designing these cameras...even some of Canon's lower end pocket cameras do have a focus assist beam built into the flash.
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Old Dec 27, 2002, 9:30 PM   #3
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There was a post on the forum that discussed using a laser pointer to help with autofocus in low light condigitons. You can run a search to locate the discussion.
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Old Dec 28, 2002, 4:07 AM   #4
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I have been using the "Mirage" light to assist focus, but this is awkward and ridiculous.

The autofocus seems to work a little better when the zoom is at wide angle (more light passes through). I wish Olympus had made the camera with manual option.

My two year old Ricoh RDC-7 was much better at focusing at low light.
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Old Dec 28, 2002, 7:32 AM   #5
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I wonder if one of those LED keyring lights stuck on the side somehow would help.

My friend has fashioned a small maglite on his camera (botch job with velcro) he reckons it works.
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Old Dec 28, 2002, 9:05 AM   #6
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I have been using the "Mirage" light to assist focus, but this is awkward and ridiculous.
Can you post some info about this light like a link? The name is to generic to do a search in Google. Thanks.
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Old Dec 28, 2002, 6:10 PM   #7
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The ASP Mirage is a tiny light that doubles as a key ring.

In UK the url is:

http://www.sapphirelight.co.uk/mirage.htm

A few other links:
http://www.defensedevices.com/aspmirwearli.html
http://www.productwizard.com/aspmirlig.html
http://www.scoutgear.com/wv-scoutgear/flashlights.html

These light sources are handy but have a short range.

Some people use a Laser pointer. But they can cause eye injury.
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