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Old Feb 4, 2013, 11:47 AM   #1
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Default Focusing problem on G3 when using tele-zoom indoors

I was trying to take pictures indoor using the the Panny 45-200mm zoom and got a lot of fuzzy pictures. While the background was in focus and the subject /person was out of focus or fuzzy. The scenario is the same when the flash is used on the long end of the zoom. Out the 5 modes of focusing, the Pin Point (+) mode is the only that works. However, the screen would expand to X5. I can only see the area where the (+) point I selected is and not the whole frame when I take the picture. This seems to work but the picture quality is not that good even it is in focus.

This lens is useable only outdoors. For indoor pictures, I have to look for other lenses.
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 5:19 PM   #2
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I never use the pinpoint focus mode exactly because of what you described. The 45-200 can miss focus like that. It did with the G1 and G3 (although not as often). You should be able to see either through the EVF or the LCD that the focus is not where you want I to be. Usually I turn the camera off and on and that seems to reset the lens. I use the smallest focus point (one less than pinpoint). I've also disabled the focus assist because I found it not to be very helpful.
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Old Feb 5, 2013, 7:46 PM   #3
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I used the 45-200mm on the Olympus E-PL1indoors during my son's graduation and came out with some bad pictures. This lens need strong lighting to work well. However, indoors, it sucks big time. I was in a health seminar last Friday in Fremont using the G3, it failed me again. I went back to the seminar last night with the Canon 5DMKII and the pictures look great under the same conditions.
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Canon EOS T3i, 7D and 70D EF 17-40mm f/4L, EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6, Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM, 430 EXII Flash.
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