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EPL5 focus set up question

I have been playing around with my newly acquired EPL5 and cannot quite work out a setting I would like to apply.


I would like to have a dedicated button for focus, could this be either the record or AF/AEL, with the shutter button set to just exposure.


Any help appreciated here if it is possible

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Unless you have a very specific reason/technique for wanting this, I would suggest practising the half press - full press to get the feel of this mastered.

I have built a DiY grip for the E-PL5 that has one button for focus and another for shutter, that I use for very specialised techniques.

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Re: EPL5 focus set up question

Thanks for the feedback Graham.

I am more than happy using the half press full press method, however I am wanting to explore prefocussing on specific areas using a separate button. My D700 was able to offer this option

What I have set up at presenton the EPL5 is the record button set to manual focus so I can prefocus with a half press, go into manual mode then fire away without refocussing everytime

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Re: EPL5 focus set up question

I have my E-M5 set up with the Rec button to select MF (& toggle back to S-AF or what ever setting I was using) & MF option set in the Menu to Mode 3 (see page 79 in your manual). I also have the Fn (function) button programmed for AEL/AFL (page 79 - 80). When in MF you can then use the Fn button to gain an AF lock & releasing it returns to MF having locked your focus point. Pressing the shutter button half way only locks AE (AEL with MF in Mode 3) & fully pressing takes the exposure. The above method is often referred to as "back button focussing". You should be able to do this on your E-PL5 too.

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Re: EPL5 focus set up question

Thanks for this Ross, I will try this out

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I have my E-M5 set up with the Rec button to select MF (& toggle back to S-AF or what ever setting I was using) & MF option set in the Menu to Mode 3 (see page 79 in your manual). I also have the Fn (function) button programmed for AEL/AFL (page 79 - 80). When in MF you can then use the Fn button to gain an AF lock & releasing it returns to MF having locked your focus point. Pressing the shutter button half way only locks AE (AEL with MF in Mode 3) & fully pressing takes the exposure. The above method is often referred to as "back button focussing". You should be able to do this on your E-PL5 too.

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Unless you have a very specific reason/technique for wanting this, I would suggest practising the half press - full press to get the feel of this mastered.

I have built a DiY grip for the E-PL5 that has one button for focus and another for shutter, that I use for very specialised techniques.
That's an impressive grip Graham!
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That's an impressive grip Graham!
You may recognize that it's made from an OM Winder 2
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Re: EPL5 focus set up question

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I have my E-M5 set up with the Rec button to select MF (& toggle back to S-AF or what ever setting I was using) & MF option set in the Menu to Mode 3 (see page 79 in your manual). I also have the Fn (function) button programmed for AEL/AFL (page 79 - 80). When in MF you can then use the Fn button to gain an AF lock & releasing it returns to MF having locked your focus point. Pressing the shutter button half way only locks AE (AEL with MF in Mode 3) & fully pressing takes the exposure. The above method is often referred to as "back button focussing". You should be able to do this on your E-PL5 too.
I have my E-M5 set up that way too. It would be interesting to know if it would also be possible on the E-PL5.
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I have my E-M5 set up that way too. It would be interesting to know if it would also be possible on the E-PL5.
With a glance at the E-PL5 manual, I'm pretty sure it can (I think).
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Re: EPL5 focus set up question

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With a glance at the E-PL5 manual, I'm pretty sure it can (I think).
OK, thanks for that.
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