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A question for those who have both Olympus and Panasonic bodies - does the Oly 60mm focus faster on a native body than on a Panasonic? I am finding it quite difficult to focus quickly enough (in AFS and with it at the shorter 0.19-0.40 focal setting) for moving subjects. Following the bee flies that are present right now is a very mixed bag of results compared to the Panasonic 30mm, for example, which is lightning fast by comparison. It seems to be fine for static subjects, i hasten to add, especially in MF and 1:1, and I am probably still low on the learning curve, but I did not expect it to be quite so problematic to use. Any advice would be welcome....
 

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A question for those who have both Olympus and Panasonic bodies - does the Oly 60mm focus faster on a native body than on a Panasonic? I am finding it quite difficult to focus quickly enough (in AFS and with it at the shorter 0.19-0.40 focal setting) for moving subjects. Following the bee flies that are present right now is a very mixed bag of results compared to the Panasonic 30mm, for example, which is lightning fast by comparison. It seems to be fine for static subjects, i hasten to add, especially in MF and 1:1, and I am probably still low on the learning curve, but I did not expect it to be quite so problematic to use. Any advice would be welcome....

In my opinion, neither the Oly 30 or 60 are lightning fast, even on Oly bodies. I've just compared my Oly 60 on my GX80 and EM1.2. On the GX80, it seemed to hunt a bit (focusing on an internal door knob, natural light only on a dull evening), but there wasn't much in it. It was just a crude judgement test though, no timer used. I was trying to capture some bee shots with it on the EM1.2 yesterday and I also found that it could be a little slow to acquire focus. My advice is to be patient, eventually you'll find an accommodating subject. I also frame wide and crop closer in post, that way, the additional depth of field allows for some subject movement. I find 1:1 very difficult. For manual focus, pre-focus then move the camera backwards and fowards in small increments.
 
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A question for those who have both Olympus and Panasonic bodies - does the Oly 60mm focus faster on a native body than on a Panasonic? I am finding it quite difficult to focus quickly enough (in AFS and with it at the shorter 0.19-0.40 focal setting) for moving subjects. Following the bee flies that are present right now is a very mixed bag of results compared to the Panasonic 30mm, for example, which is lightning fast by comparison. It seems to be fine for static subjects, i hasten to add, especially in MF and 1:1, and I am probably still low on the learning curve, but I did not expect it to be quite so problematic to use. Any advice would be welcome....
with G9 i see no problem with AF-s focusing. Very helpful options is moving AF closer to 1:1. With Pen-f 60/2.8 AF not so perfect like on G9.
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G9 focus near shift very helpful.

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A question for those who have both Olympus and Panasonic bodies - does the Oly 60mm focus faster on a native body than on a Panasonic? I am finding it quite difficult to focus quickly enough (in AFS and with it at the shorter 0.19-0.40 focal setting) for moving subjects. Following the bee flies that are present right now is a very mixed bag of results compared to the Panasonic 30mm, for example, which is lightning fast by comparison. It seems to be fine for static subjects, i hasten to add, especially in MF and 1:1, and I am probably still low on the learning curve, but I did not expect it to be quite so problematic to use. Any advice would be welcome....
I have both brand bodies, and it is hard to say for me as I find that lens hunts a lot and focusing seems to depend on lighting and busy backgrounds with spiders.
I consider it a very cantankerous (however you spell it) lens, but probably my second most used lens.
I just keep it glued to my EM10.2 now
 

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I have both brand bodies, and it is hard to say for me as I find that lens hunts a lot and focusing seems to depend on lighting and busy backgrounds with spiders.
I consider it a very cantankerous (however you spell it) lens, but probably my second most used lens.
I just keep it glued to my EM10.2 now
Spiders are plain hard.

I've got two macro lenses, and a number of (very) close focusing lenses.

And spiders are still hard ... :( .
 

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^ I’d want to use a super telephoto to give me ample working distance from your scary Australian arachnids :hide:
:rofl: The dangerous ones don't build open air type webs.

Red backs (not all have a red stripe), funnelweb spiders and mouse spiders all build compact webs in holes and crevices, or under outdoor dunny seats, in the case of red backs ...
 

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I love Olympus colours. Olympus E-M10 II + 60mm (SOOC handheld)
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I have both brand bodies, and it is hard to say for me as I find that lens hunts a lot and focusing seems to depend on lighting and busy backgrounds with spiders.
Yes, I have found the same about the focus hunting. I've not had much success with flying insects with it so far on the GX8.

As for the spiders, I have the P30 for that and it is brilliant with spiders, as far as I can see. There are probably better lenses out there for the purpose but the P30 will do me for now. Except in Australia. I'll get John to take the photos there for me :D
 

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