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too lazy to read instruction manual - migrating focus point

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by caimi, Feb 20, 2013.

  1. caimi

    caimi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2012
    middle US
    Caimi caimiphotography.com
    I admit it, I'm too lazy to read the instruction manual to determine how to anchor the focus box on my EM-5 to the center. It seems it migrates around the frame of its own free will and I have to manually bring it back to center.

    Can someone give me the step by step to anchor it permanently to center?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Lawrence A.

    Lawrence A. Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 14, 2012
    New Mexico
    Hit the left arrow, scroll with back wheel until you get a single point, then use the arrows on the back pad to bring it to center. Then hit OK

    Then get your manual out and read it!:biggrin:
  3. caimi

    caimi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2012
    middle US
    Caimi caimiphotography.com
    yes, but

    I've done that, Lawrence A. But that doesn't stop it from moving around the screen. Is there any way to permanently place it in the middle?
  4. Kiwi Paul

    Kiwi Paul Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 15, 2011
    Aberdeen Scotland
    Read the manual ;-) lol
  5. HappyFish

    HappyFish Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 8, 2012
    Ditto read manual :) 
  6. ArthurDayne

    ArthurDayne Mu-43 Rookie

    Feb 4, 2013
    Do you have face detect on? Or have it set to continuous autofocus? I don't know why it would move otherwise.
  7. Sammyboy

    Sammyboy m43 Pro

    Oct 26, 2010
    Steeler Country
    I'm too lazy to type the procedure, suggest you read the manual .... :) 
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  8. Dave Jenkins

    Dave Jenkins Mu-43 Veteran

    Well, I assure you I have read the manual, and I have yet to find a way to lock down to focus point so that it never moves. I know how to bring it back to the center, but if there's a way to make it stay there, I have yet to find it. Please enlighten me.

    I can lock it down on my E-PL1, but not on the OMD.
  9. dornblaser

    dornblaser Mu-43 Hall of Famer Subscribing Member

    Aug 13, 2012
    David Dornblaser
    Yawn, I am too lazy to reply .............
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  10. caimi

    caimi Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 13, 2012
    middle US
    Caimi caimiphotography.com
    Dave Jenkins,

    Thank you for vindicating me and legitimizing my laziness. I have no faith in instruction manuals and you have confirmed my belief that they are not to be read under any circumstance. Now, how do I anchor the focusing point?
  11. Joe777

    Joe777 Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 11, 2012

    Hit the OK button, up comes that quick setting screen. Approx in the center of the screen is a diagonal box, highlight it. hit OK button again, a large box with squares will come up, use the arrow keys to select the focus spot you want, hit OK. Bob's your uncle, Fanny's your aunt, you are done.
  12. Dave Jenkins

    Dave Jenkins Mu-43 Veteran

    But will it stay there? The last time I posted this question, I was told that it was a firmware problem and that Olympus would have to issue a fix.
  13. Halaking

    Halaking Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 17, 2012
    Los Angeles
    I love to read the manual of my camera, there isn't too much information in the manual though, I found many most help information of settings in this forum.

    If you love your camera, you should feel good to spend time with it.
  14. Joe777

    Joe777 Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 11, 2012
    Stays there.

    Dave Jenkins.

    It will stay there until you change it.
  15. hkpzee

    hkpzee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 5, 2011
    Hong Kong
    Make sure that the touchscreen is completely off. The only time the focus box in my E-M5 moves unintentionally is when the touch focus is on, and I belly focus by accident.
  16. robbie36

    robbie36 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2010
    rob collins
    Lol Read the manual...

    Actually NO it wont stay there unless....

    ...you got to Menu->GearB->Button Dial->arrow pad->Off

    Now your focus point is set to centre and it wont move and you cant move it.

    Personally I would still keep the 'eye-focus' for portraits in place but this will not move the focus point from its central position.
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  17. digitalandfilm

    digitalandfilm Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jul 18, 2011
    YES! Thanks a million.. :2thumbs::2thumbs::2thumbs::2thumbs:
  18. M4/3

    M4/3 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Sep 24, 2011
    I found GearB and then Button Dial, but what which of the 4 arrow pads am I supposed to hit next that will bring me to an "Off" selection? I tried hitting all 4 of them and none took me to an "Off" selection. I also tried pressing the OK button after selecting Button Dial and that didn't take me to an "Off" selection either Thanks.
  19. C6REW

    C6REW Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 3, 2013
    Devizes, Wiltshire, UK
    Chris Grew
    Not read all f the posts, so sorry if I am repeating.

    I set my 'record' button to re-set the focus point back to the centre. It is a feature I use on my Nikon all the time so was missing it.

    Whilst doing some street photography yesterday in London with a pal, we worked out that it was a simple job to make the change.

    For me the idea of fixing it, defeats the great benefit of moving it around based on picture composition. So our solution to use the 'record' button as we don't use the 'record' ability of the camera seems to be the best solution.

    Best regards

  20. robbie36

    robbie36 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 25, 2010
    rob collins
    Actually your confusion is because my post was badly worded.

    Should be....

    Menu -> Gear B -> Button Function - > Arrow Pad function - > Off

    Basically you are setting it so that if you touch the arrow pad during normal camera operation instead of moving the focus point - nothing happens. The arrow pad will still function as normal when you use it to navigate through the menu.
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