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E-M10 not focusing (photo added 4th post)

Hi i just bought a brand new E-M10 this morning and went out onto the streets to start using it. But after 2 hours of shooting i had maybe 3 photos out of 60 in focus. So i sat down and went though the settings again. Then went back out and the same nothing in focus. Now i am also using a 45mm F1.8 lens with the camera.
What the hell could i be doing wrong?
I've tried some many different settings with the camera and nothing helps.

Can anyone help?

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Re: E-M10 not focusing

If you post an example with the exif intact it would give the experts on here a chance to check if there is an obvious cause other than a technical fault. Failing that, let us know what settings you were using.
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Re: E-M10 not focusing

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If you post an example with the exif intact it would give the experts on here a chance to check if there is an obvious cause other than a technical fault. Failing that, let us know what settings you were using.
i deleted all the images and reset the camera. To be honest i tried so many different settings it would hard to remember them all.
I tried the camera with face detection on and off, different Shutter speeds, moving targets and even people standing still.
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Re: E-M10 not focusing




ƒ/1.8 45.0 mm
1/1250
100 Flash (on, did not fire)
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JFIFVersion - 1.01
X-Resolution - 72 dpi
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Re: E-M10 not focusing

Unfortunately the photo is private on flickr, so we can't get to see the exif data.
I'd say the camera does focus, just not where you were hoping

Did you have all focus points activated? If so, it was probably focussing on one of the points of highest contrast, which wasn't the chap in the foreground.

Persevere for a bit and the good folks on here will be happy to assist.
No question you ask will be considered daft, so don't be shy.

Just had an additional thought; what lenses where you using. On some, the focus ring slides back and forth as well as rotating. This engages manual focus; It's caught me out a time or two as well.
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Did you have all focus points activated?
how do i check this
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Re: E-M10 not focusing

Here is all the info:

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Re: E-M10 not focusing

Best way is to enable the super control panel, then the middle icon, that allows setting of focus points.
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Best way is to enable the super control panel, then the middle icon, that allows setting of focus points.

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Re: E-M10 not focusing

S-AF is showing
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Re: E-M10 not focusing

Next one along, with all the dots showing, focus point off bore-sight. Click, or cursor along, and set where you want, eg in the middle. Then press half way on where you want the focus, recompose and press fully for the shot. Don't release the half press imbetween.
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Re: E-M10 not focusing

In the example you have posted the camera has certainly focused, but on the background rather than your intended subject. Are you using single focus point or multiple points? Is your camera set to focus and hold upon a half press of the shutter button or by one of the function buttons? My own prefered method is single point with a half press of the shutter button. This allows me to focus on the subject then recompose whilst holding focus with the half press before taking the picture. A moving subject can be quite difficult with the shallow depth of field you get at f1.8, it might be worth stopping down a bit whilst you get used to the camera - although in this particular picture it's obviously not shallow DOF that is causing the problem.

In your For Sale thread you mention giving up as you cannot get a good enough camera for street photography for £700. What cameras have you tried? How about your Nikon D300s? Plenty of photographers manage on a far lower budget - I think it's just a case of persevering until you get used to the E-M10. It really deserves a longer trial than just one day but if it eventually becomes obvious that it doesn't suit you, I'm sure that you'll find another camera that does, be it a DSLR or a Compact System Camera.

EDIT: Sorry that some of my points have already been covered - I type too slowly!
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Re: E-M10 not focusing

Zuiko, Ricoh i use single focus point and half press of the shutter button.

Could the camera do this (the photo) if you half press and then press all the way really fast?
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Re: E-M10 not focusing

The lens has to focus of course, which isn't instantaneous. For street I prefer using a manual focus 'fly by wire' lens such as the 17/f1.8. Set aperture/focus to provide a suitable range. Such lenses have a depth of field scale engraving for this purpose.
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Zuiko, Ricoh i use single focus point and half press of the shutter button.

Could the camera do this (the photo) if you half press and then press all the way really fast?
If you focus and shoot really fast you won't have time to hear the focus confirmation beep or see the continuous green focus confirmation light. What happens next depends on whether the shutter release priority is set to On or Off. If it is set to On, then the camera will take the picture regardless of whether or not correct focus has been achieved. If it is set to Off then a picture will only be taken if it is correctly focused. This will mean some missed shots, but will dramatically reduce the number that are out of focus.

To check and adjust the release priority (this is for my E-M5 but I assume that it will be similar for your E-M10) follow this procedure:-

Menu > Cogs Symbol > C Release > Press OK > Rls Priority S > On/Off.
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