omd em1 focus problems

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by atlantic21, Nov 23, 2014.

  1. atlantic21

    atlantic21 Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 9, 2011
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    Hi I am looking for some advice as I am having problems with being able to use autofocus. Camera is unable to focus in auto mode or live view

    both the 12-40 and 75-300 mk 2 having problems with both (12-40 manual focus ring is not in manual mode )
    tried 2 Olympus batteries
    reset camera
    firmware version is 2.2

    sometimes I might be able to take 2 shoots before camera will stop focusing or lockup

    any advice greatly appreciated
     
  2. Ralf

    Ralf New to Mu-43

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    Aug 4, 2014
    Bitburg, Germany
    Do you have the HLD-7 attached? I experienced something similar but suspect that it is the grip.
     
  3. atlantic21

    atlantic21 Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 9, 2011
    UK
    I have tried with and without thanks
     
  4. Growltiger

    Growltiger Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Mar 26, 2014
    UK
    Take off the lens and clean the electrical contacts in the camera with a clean cotton cloth.
     
  5. atlantic21

    atlantic21 Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 9, 2011
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    Just tried that no luck also tried Panasonic 14-42 was ok for 10 shoots then stopped focusing, put 12-40 back on ok for a few shoots then the same
     
  6. JimUSNY

    JimUSNY Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 5, 2013
    Mid Hudson Valley NY
    Jim
    what if you shoot in manual focus does will it still take a picture? the fact its working intermittent says its probably something other than electronics, either loose contacts or maybe shutter button, have you tried to set up a back focus button see if it works like that?
     
  7. Growltiger

    Growltiger Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Set it for S-AF, single central point. Any change?
     
  8. atlantic21

    atlantic21 Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 9, 2011
    UK
    Just tried all the last two posts no change, back button worked once, manual focus works fine
     
  9. atlantic21

    atlantic21 Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 9, 2011
    UK
    All the lenses I have all work fine on my Panasonic G3
     
  10. Growltiger

    Growltiger Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Mar 26, 2014
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    I have run out of suggestions. I fear the camera may be faulty.
     
  11. atlantic21

    atlantic21 Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 9, 2011
    UK
    OK thanks to everyone for you're help I also think it may be faulty
     
  12. atlantic21

    atlantic21 Mu-43 Regular

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    Jul 9, 2011
    UK
    Just an update to problem, camera was picked up on Friday 28th November by Olympus and sent for repair to Portugal .
    Has been returned back to me to day 3/12/2014 repaired
    1 Fault found mainboard and replaced
    camera is now working fine, all I can say what a fantastic service this has been by Olympus

    :smile:
     
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  13. Aniseedvan

    Aniseedvan Mu-43 Regular

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    Sep 25, 2011
    Northants,uk
    That's great news - and excellent service too.
     
  14. dafox

    dafox Mu-43 Rookie

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    May 27, 2011
    Not to hijack a thread but this is a similar/same issue. I've been having similar auto focus issues as stated above. Manual focus OK, single point active, w&wo manual override. Images are not sharp. Their ok? but not eye popping wow. I've thought it something I've done wrong. Yesterday I took the rig to my local rep and he advised micro-adjusting all my glass. Looking into this, I haven't been able to find too much info on the subject. Which leads to question should all lenses need calibration or is there a bigger issue with the body?
     
  15. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    @dafox@dafox, my understanding is that mirrorless cameras don't need microadjustment of lenses.

    Which camera and lenses are you having trouble with?

    Barry
     
  16. dafox

    dafox Mu-43 Rookie

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  17. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    What lens or lenses are we talking about?
     
  18. dafox

    dafox Mu-43 Rookie

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    Hi Barry. I'm using an m1. Lenses are m.zuiko
    12-40 2,8f; 60 macro; 75 1.8f
     
  19. barry13

    barry13 Super Moderator; Photon Wrangler

    Mar 7, 2014
    Southern California
    Barry
    1. try turning on the 0s Anti-Shock feature.

    2. try using higher shutter speeds or a tripod

    3. make sure IBIS (IS-Auto) is on if not using a tripod.

    Barry
     
  20. dafox

    dafox Mu-43 Rookie

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    May 27, 2011
    Thanks for your suggestions Barry. I have the IS on when hand-held, off when on tripod. I have used various shutter speeds, f-stops, etc...
    I will try the shutter shock but I'm not sure of that suggestion, an opinion as to your reasoning would be great. I've even used studio lighting to freeze any movement on people. I've shot people, close-ups, scenic, most anything with similar results. The results are similar with all three lenses. When I look at them 1:1 they're not there.

    I had a Big name camera prior to this with basically kit glass that I was getting pretty decent results from. Now I have a better body and pro level glass and sub-par results. Very frustrating indeed.

    Below is an example of a size jpeg.

    DAF2014-0003-100.