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Standard zoom and mid range Lenses with focal lengths larger than 12mm, but no longer than 60mm, includes standard zooms and portrait primes plus some macro lenses.

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12-40 Locked in Manual

Yesterday I was in Liverpool doing a photowalk. 12-40mm f2.8 attached to the E-M1. Everything was working fine, I'd taken a 50-60 photographs all using Auto-Focus. When i stopped for a break I put the E-M1 back in my back. On resuming, the E-M1 was in Manual Focus mode and I could not get it to switch to Auto. I tried removing the lens, removing both batteries, doing a complete reset but the E-M1 wouldn't come out of Manual Focus. Not wanting to ruin the day I continued to shoot in manual for some time. About half an hour later I switched the lens to the 40-150 for some close-ups and was immediately able to use Auto-Focus. Switching back to the 12-40 and I was back in Manual. Couldn't get AF to work. I continued with the 40-150 for another hour and then tried the 12-40 again. AF worked straight away without any problems.

Anyone else had this problem and have you been able to solve it?

I should say I had this same problem about a week after I got the M1 and 12-40 but I put it down to something I had down att as a while later the AF started working again. At the time I didn't have the 40-150 to try changing lenses.

I've had the M1 since may last year so I'm more familiar with it now.

Any help/suggestions would be appreciated.
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Re: 12-40 Locked in Manual

Is the focus ring on the lens in manual focus mode? Ie, pulled backwards?
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Re: 12-40 Locked in Manual

StephenL beat me to it. I have managed to forget this before today.
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Re: 12-40 Locked in Manual

oh dear.. focus ring again :-P
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Re: 12-40 Locked in Manual

That's OK. I've had someone (you may know) ring me up because his XZ3 was stuck in MF. It has a lever on the front that can be bumped (like the Stylus 1), so these little things can catch you out initially.

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Re: 12-40 Locked in Manual

That dreaded MF ring. I was shooting a group photograph and I was wondering why my AF did not work. Thankfully I had that 35-100 on another camera and I did a 3 shot panorama stitch. Saved the day. Is there anyway to disable that ring??
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Re: 12-40 Locked in Manual

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That dreaded MF ring. Is there anyway to disable that ring??
No, it's a feature not a fault. Most people buy that lens partly because of it.
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Re: 12-40 Locked in Manual

Thank you for all your replies. I hate to say this but I didn't even know it existed until now. I just tried it and everything is working as it should. That will teach me to RTFM.
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Thank you for all your replies. I hate to say this but I didn't even know it existed until now. I just tried it and everything is working as it should. That will teach me to RTFM.
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Re: 12-40 Locked in Manual

One of the nice features of the E1, not repeated in later bodies, was the ability to use a switch to change from manual to auto focus. We all complained at the lack of it in subsequent E series. Now it is incorporated in the lens, a good thing in my view, but we all complain we don't know it is there!
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Re: 12-40 Locked in Manual

I am sure that this has happened to all of us.
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Re: 12-40 Locked in Manual

Yep, we've all done it! Drives you absolutely crazy with worry the first time.. and I was one who had RTFM - it didn't help!
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Yep, we've all done it! Drives you absolutely crazy with worry the first time.. and I was one who had RTFM - it didn't help!
I just looked up what RTFM meant! Does it really mean, "Read the Facts Margaret"?
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Re: 12-40 Locked in Manual

Once walked all the way back to the car thinking the 70-300 had broken, only to discover the switch on the side had moved to MF
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Re: 12-40 Locked in Manual

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Once walked all the way back to the car thinking the 70-300 had broken, only to discover the switch on the side had moved to MF
The same thing happened to me. I spent the whole day at Minsmere thinking that I couldn't take any photos because the camera was broken.

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