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  • Focus issues

    I thought I would try this here to see who reads this part of the forum.

    My well used 510 is having difficulty focusing particularly when using my 70-300 but also on my shorter lenses. Reading Phil's eight year old post on the same topic I first noticed it a couple of years ago when I used a hired 50-200 and noticed the line of focus a few inches behind the subject. However it now spends a long time hunting with any of my lenses which, as I like my wildlife, is quite frustrating.

    Is it an "age related difficultly" or perhaps a sensor clean would help?

    A new camera is on the cards at some point in the next year but it would be a shame to part with it on bad terms.

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    Re: Focus issues

    As the 510 uses a 3-point TTL Phase Difference Detection focus system, sensor cleaning will not help as the detection system is not on the sensor.

    Try a black and white focus target with each of the 3 sensors and see if the focus system is working correctly.
    Graham

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    • #3
      Re: Focus issues

      Hi Willom if that was an old post of mine. Give me a few memory jogs and i might just be able to remember a few more details to help.
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/flip_photo_flickr/

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      • #4
        Re: Focus issues

        Does the E-510 have the "AF Focus Adjustment" function found on some of the Oly DSLRs (eg E-30) ?
        Cameras: E-M5, E-PM2, OM40, OM4Ti
        Lenses (M.Zuiko Digital): 7-14mm/F2.8, 12-40mm/F2.8, 40-150mm/F2.8+TC1.4x, 12-50mm/F3.5-6.3, 14-42mm/F3.5-5.6 EZ, M.ZD 40-150 F4-5.6 R, 75-300mm/F4.8-6.7 Mk1, 12mm/F2, 17mm/F1.8
        Lenses (OM Zuiko): 50mm/F1.2, 24mm/F2, 35mm/F2.8 shift
        Lenses (OM Fit): Vivitar Series II 28-105mm/F2.8-3.8, Sigma 21-35mm/F3.4-4.2, Sigma 35-70mm/F2.8-4, Sigma 75-200mm/F2.8-3.5, Vivitar Series II 100-500mm/F5.6-8.0, Centon 500mm/F8 Mirror
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        • #5
          Re: Focus issues

          Just looked at that old thread. I'd definitely forgotten that but certain remember it now! Sending it to Olympus certainly fixed the issue but I never did work out what Olympus actually fixed i'm afraid. Was it worth spending the money on the E510? In hindsight no not really as pretty soon after I jumped to m4/3s and have been pretty happy since. I've still got the E510 though sitting in a cupboard just in case .
          http://www.flickr.com/photos/flip_photo_flickr/

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          • #6
            Re: Focus issues

            Thank you so much for looking up your previous post, apologies for the delay in replying, I've been a bit busy.

            I won't be sending my 510 to Oly as it won't be worth it now. I'm looking at, finally, moving to m4/3 so all the pennies are being set aside for that. I'll just hve to persevere for the time being.

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            • #7
              Re: Focus issues

              Originally posted by OM USer View Post
              Does the E-510 have the "AF Focus Adjustment" function found on some of the Oly DSLRs (eg E-30) ?
              I'm not sure I'll read the manual.

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              • #8
                Re: Focus issues

                FYI, focus adjustment came after the 510. I believe it was i introduced with the E-3.

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                • #9
                  Re: Focus issues

                  Definitely worth the jump to micro 4/3s.
                  http://www.flickr.com/photos/flip_photo_flickr/

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                  • #10
                    Re: Focus issues

                    Originally posted by Phill D View Post
                    Definitely worth the jump to micro 4/3s.
                    Mk 1 E-M1's, E-M5s and Pen E-P5s can be very cheap and they remain tremendously capable cameras (and vastly better than the Olympus DSLRs of a decade or more ago).

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                    • #11
                      Re: Focus issues

                      Thank you all for the advice. Salvation came sooner than I expected when an Em1 Mkii appeared on the For Sale board at a price I couldn't resist. Now a very steep learning curve has started. I expect that I'll be persevering with the 510 a little longer as I don't have any m4/3rds lenses or the adaptor at the moment.

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