Olympus E-PL5 and trouble with this one Panasonic lens...


Mu-43 Veteran
Jan 17, 2018
I bought a handy cheap E-PL5 as my secondary body as I was dangerously low on camera count. I'm pairing with Panasonic lenses, the marvelous performers 12-32 and 35-100 f/4-5.6.

I'm having this problem:

E-PL5 is unable to focus the 35-100 correctly at longer distances.

I guess that's it for the problem statement! I had trouble with a backlit scene yesterday but I realized that one test shot where focus was way closer (same backlit scene) it focused correctly. Then the same problem occured with a frontlit scene. So it's probably not as much about the backlit/frontlit situation but the general compatibility between the body and the lens.

So what happens?

S-AF, single point (small or normal) and I'm clearly placing the point over a contrasty edge. The focus ramps back and forth for a second or so, then gives up. The focus box does NOT turn green as the camera also realises this wasn't a success.

The very same lens did just fine 12-18 months ago when I had it paired with the Pen-F.

Anyone perhaps familiar with the same phenomenon? In these attached examples you can judge if the light level is too low for this body; I've also marked several spots what I used as the focus points -- should be contrasty enough!


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Mu-43 Hall of Famer
Mar 26, 2014
On the second photo you have chosen dark indistinct places. Why not aim at the top edge of the building, that would be a very contrasty edge.
Try it in better conditions with better focus points. I'm sure the manual lists conditions like these as ones where the focus may not work.
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