E-PL1 Macro Focusing

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by pkeenan80, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. pkeenan80

    pkeenan80 Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 26, 2011
    Hi there, i wonder if anyone can help...

    I love my E-PL1 but I'm struggling with the macro mode. If I get too close to an object the autofocus seems to get a bit confused and refuses to take a pic. The thing is while it's trying to focus it gets it perfectly but doesn't 'realise' so to speak.

    Can this autofocus be turned off? is there anything else i can do to alleviate this as I love using the macro and its really bugging me!


  2. Luke

    Luke Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 30, 2010
    Milwaukee, WI
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    you can switch it to manual focus. Is that what you want to do? Also, each lens has a minimum focus distance. Just because you keep moving it closer doesn't mean it can automatically focus at that distance.
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  3. Spuff

    Spuff Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 5, 2010
    Berkshire, UK.
    Yes to above, the EPL1 kit lens has a closest focusing distance of 25cm, whatever mode you are in.
    Zoom doesn't affect that though so you can be at full zoom at closest focusing distance. If you can get as close as 25cm to your subject then full zoom will give you reasonable macro (not rivalling any specialist macro set up though).
    I find auto focus is a good guide to telling you when you have reached the closest possible distance. You 'd still be able to get a sharp manual focus closer but it won't be as sharp as possible, I think you may as well crop/blow up a 25cm autop focus shot.
    Another macro tip is that if you zoom the image (press the magnifying glass button) you will get a small focus area selection box which is handy for macro.
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