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out of focus subjects

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by hoaqbui, Jan 9, 2011.

  1. hoaqbui

    hoaqbui New to Mu-43

    Jan 9, 2011
    I just got my voigtlander 50mm/1.1f for my e-p2 and I've been having a hard time focusing my subject properly.

    I don't know if it is because of my shaky hands or the fact that I can't quite tell what is in focus from the LCD.

    Will the VF2 help me manually focus easier?

  2. shoturtle


    Oct 15, 2010
    Yes the VF2 helps out greatly with MF.

    Have you tried zooming in on the lcd to get the critical focus. It may help out.
  3. J. Allen

    J. Allen Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 29, 2010
    Yes. I use the VF2 with my 35 Summicron and the zoom screen with the box on the EP2 and it's the only way I can effectively focus at wider apertures.
  4. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    might be worth checking you have the image stabilisation set for 50mm lens.

    even with IS you should be shooting at 1/100 of a second at least

    though without an example then whether its focus or shake will be difficult to pinpoint.

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  5. J. Allen

    J. Allen Mu-43 Regular

    Aug 29, 2010
    That's an excellent point Kevin. I played around with the lens settings and it certainly does make a difference in the effectiveness of the image stabilization to have it set correctly.
  6. dhazeghi

    dhazeghi Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 6, 2010
    San Jose, CA
    The VF-2 helps immeasurably. First, the resolution is much higher than the LCD, and it is easy to magnify. Second, by having the camera against your face, you eliminate a lot of potential camera shake.

    That said, depth-of-field at f/1.1 is quite shallow. Test focusing at smaller apertures (f/2.0 or f/2.8). You'll have an easier time. Also, bear in mind the that Voigtlander is not especially sharp below f/2.0 so if you're viewing at 100%, even in focus images may not quite seem 'crisp'

    Fast lenses are fun though! Enjoy!


  7. bpalme

    bpalme Mu-43 Rookie

    Sep 9, 2010
    I forgot my VF2 making a video the other day. I was so mad I forgot it because in daylight... for me<--- it's nearly impossible to tell if I'm in focus for certain objects.
    Not quite as bad for still photos but for video transitions from in focus to out of focus shots you gotta have the VF.
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