GH2 Behavior or Just Me? IT'S ME!!

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by Boatman, May 6, 2011.

  1. I called Panasonic tech support regarding the odd focus and exposure behaviors I have been seeing on my GH2. Second level tech support called back at a time when I wasn't available and I planned to call them back today. Before doing so, I decided to see if I could find a way to reliably re-create the problems. (Auto focus stops working and shutter speed locks when using a third part lens.) I was able to. The problem is me.

    What is happening is that I am inadvertently hitting the auto exposure lock button with my thumb. The settings in the camera for this are set at AEL/AFL and AEL-stay on. This means that whenever I accidentally do this with the Panasonic lens on, the focus locks and the exposure locks, but I don't think I noticed the second part of that as I was concerned with why the thing wouldn't focus. With a third party lens, in A mode, the focus and aperture are irrelevant and I only see the shutter speed lock. In all cases the condition stays locked until you hit the AEL button again to release it. Or, move another parameter, like AFS to MF or A to P, which is what I was doing.

    One of the comments about this camera in many reviews is that it is kind of small for people with large hands. I fall into that category and I agree that there isn't much space on the back of the camera to put your fingers without accidentally touching something. (I hit the ISO and white balance buttons regularly.) I also find that my thumb is short of space for having a good grip without touching something; hence the problem with hitting the AEL button.

    Now that I know I am doing this, the fix is easy. Just hit the AEL button and the setting clears. Alternatively, I can turn off the AEL-stay-on command, but I want to wait until I have seen this problem in the field and have noted that the AEL/AFL display icons are on, which will confirm everything, before I make the setting change.

    So the camera is fine. It's the operator that is at fault. But now that we know this, we can help others if they see the same behavior. Did I mention that this is a complicated camera and that it will take a while to be totally competent operating it?
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  2. sprinke

    sprinke Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 5, 2011
    Pasadena, CA
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    Yay, glad you got an answer, and don't have a lemon camera!
  3. Yes, I'm glad too. Though I do feel a little foolish:redface:

    The good news in all this is that I now understand the exposure lock feature much better and I have to say that I like the way it works. It's pretty neat having the ability to do exposure lock or focus lock or both and then having a choice of holding the lock with or without your finger on the button. And, the location of the button is convenient for its intended use. Too bad its also where my thumb lands a lot.
  4. Tom Swaman

    Tom Swaman Mu-43 Veteran


    Thanks for your update and explanation. Also, it is great to know that neither your or the rest of us have this issue with the GH2. Have a great weekend.

    Best regards,