No sure if this will work for you, but why don't you try using the camera in manual focus mode. Roughly figure out your hyperfocal distance, or distance your subject is like to be in. Click the [AF] at where you expect your subject or hyperfocal distance to be, and then just work within those parameters?This is a bit of a groan about the GM5/Sumilux 15 f1.7 combo when it comes to pre setting manual focus. For street work I find it beneficial to pre-focus (hyperfocally) as it speeds things up in terms of shutter response, and quite importantly getting the subject in focus. Auto focus does it but can be hit and miss when trying to get that instant shot when time is of the essence. And street shots are one off opportunities, generally, never to be repeated.
The electronic distance scale, with a flower at one end and hills at the other is too vague for my needs. What I need is a micro four thirds lens with a proper distance scale, like the Olympus 17/f1.8, together with an aperture control like the 15/f1.7. At a pinch an electronic distance scale in the viewfinder/EVF would suffice, but that's not ideal.
Unfortunately I can't see Panasonic or Olympus introducing a suitable lens, or Panasonic providing a firmware update to the GM5. Otherwise the GM5 is perfect size-wise making it an inconspicuous tool for street photography.
Hi Steve, as soon as you hit the red zone, it is in infinity, take a look at this link and scroll down to Panasonic http://www.bhphotovideo.com/explora/photography/features/who-killed-infinity-focus , it explains it in there. As you see on the Olympus body cap lens, infinity is displayed as the 8 on it side and the dot next to it is the hyperfocal setting. Similar position as the screen set up on our cameras.Darren, I've just tried setting the camera to M and the lens to MF as you said. Viewing the resulting pictures taken at f8 at 2:1 in LR, I don't think I'm getting focus quite as close as 1m, however I need to do more accurate measurements to be certain, such as setting targets at 1m intervals in the garden or something similar.
But as you said, no matter where the focus point was prior to switching off, it always wakes up following power-on with the focus just before the red zone, ie exactly as shown in your thread above.
What does the red zone represent, do you know?
Many thanks for the heads up on this.